DIA Events Calendar 2017

DIA Events Calendar 2017 – Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) calendar featuring special events, exhibits and programs. 2017 DIA events calendar. Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Below are the highlights of the DIA Events Calendar 2017 calendar featuring special events, exhibits and programs.

For more DIA Events Calendar information, call 313-833-7900 or visit Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) website www.dia.org.

DIA Events Calendar June 2017

General Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 & 6 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries for an overview of the collection.

General and Family Guided Tours: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries or enjoy family and kid-friendly tours.

55+ Thursdays: 1 p.m.
The first Thursday of the month features a guided gallery tour; the second a talk; the third an art-making activity; and the fourth a film. In months with a fifth Thursday, a second gallery tour will be offered.

Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 4–8 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members have won state, regional and national competitions. People wanting to learn to play chess should show up between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be no teaching between 6 and 8 p.m., but visitors can play chess.

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Hours: Fridays, 6–9 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.
Sandpaper Monoprints: Friday–Sunday, June 2–4
Use wax crayons, sandpaper, and your imagination to create one-of-a-kind prints on fabric.
Picture Frames: Friday–Sunday, June 6–11
Rhythmic Ribbon Batons: Friday–Sunday, June 16–18
Open Studio: Friday–Sunday, June 23–25
Create something uniquely personal with a variety of fun and interesting materials in this open-ended drop-in workshop.

DIA Events Calendar July 2017

SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS
Closed
Tuesday, July 4

Exhibitions:
“Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement” on view July 23 through October 22

General Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 & 6 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries for an overview of the collection.

General and Family Guided Tours: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries or enjoy family and kid-friendly tours.

55+ Thursdays: 1 p.m.
The first Thursday of the month features a guided gallery tour; the second a talk; the third an art-making activity; and the fourth a film. In months with a fifth Thursday, a second gallery tour will be offered.

Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 4–8 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members have won state, regional and national competitions. People wanting to learn to play chess should show up between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be no teaching between 6 and 8 p.m., but visitors can play chess.

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Pinwheels: Saturday–Sunday, July 1 & 2, Noon–4 p.m.
Kites: Wednesday–Thursday, July 5 & 6, 11 a.m. –3 p.m.; Friday, July 7, Noon¬–4 & 6–9 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, July 8 & 9, Noon–4 p.m.
Stabiles: Tuesday–Thursday, July 11 & 13, 11 a.m. –3 p.m.
Wrist & Ankle Rattles: Friday, July 14, Noon–4 & 6–9 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, July 15 & 16, Noon–4
Paper Marbling: Tuesday-Thursday, July 18–20, 11 a.m. –3 p.m.; Friday, July 21, Noon–4 & 6–9 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, July 22 & 23, Noon–4 p.m.
Uchiwa: Tuesday-Thursday, July 25–27, 11 a.m. –3 p.m.; Friday, July 28, Noon–4 & 6–9 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, July 29 & 30, Noon–4 p.m.
Uchiwa is a particular style of paper fan that is common in Japan. Learn about the tradition as you create a fan of your own.

Sunday, July 9
Author Reading: “The Scent of Jasmine” by Anan Ameri: 2 p.m.
Anan Ameri’s refreshing memoir, “The Scent of Jasmine,” offers a funny and unique self-portrait of her childhood, adolescence and passage to adulthood as a young woman in the Arab world.

Friday, July 14
Friday Night Live: Concert of Colors 5–9 p.m.
The Concert of Colors is Detroit’s free annual diversity-themed music festival. This five-day festival unites metro Detroit by presenting musical acts from around the world. Produced by the Arab American National Museum with partners Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS, Midtown Detroit Inc. and University of Michigan – Detroit Center. DIA performers TBA.

Saturday, July 15
Detroit Institute of Awesome: DFT Animation Club: “Sita Sings the Blues”: 2 p.m.
“Sita Sings the Blues” is the post-modern retelling of the ancient Indian epic Ramayana. Three bickering shadow puppets act as comedic narrators as they tell the stories of Sita and Nina. Sita is a goddess separated from her husband, and Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her via email. Hilarity ensues. Recommended for ages nine to adult. Tickets: $5 for general admission, free for DIA members.
Detroit Film Theatre Concert of Colors: “Mali Blues”: 4:30 p.m.
This documentary follows four artists as they attempt to use music to inspire tolerance and peace. The West African country of Mali is one of the birthplaces of the blues, a musical tradition later carried by the transatlantic slave trade to America. Today, the music and musicians of Mali are in danger as dance and secular music is prohibited. Musical instruments are destroyed, and musicians are forced to flee their homeland. Free admission

Sunday, July 16
Music Performance: Kate Hinote & The Disasters: 1 & 3 p.m.
Kate Hinote & The Disasters perform original material co-written from the growing songbook of Americana, Indie and Folk-Noir act titled, “The Blueflowers.” Hinote was voted Best Singer by the readers of Detroit Metro Times in 2016.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Chasing Trane”: 4:30 p.m.
John Coltrane was an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering talent continues to impact and influence not only musical culture, but also the world at large. This new documentary is set against the social and political landscape of its time, bringing Coltrane’s music to life. Free admission

Friday, July 21
Friday Night Live: Carmen Lundy: 7 & 8:30
Carmen Lundy, a multi-instrumentalist and composer, performs music from her latest CD, “Cote Noire.” She is joined by Patrice Rushen on piano, Ben Williams on bass, Jeff Parker on guitar, Kendrick Scott on drums and Elisabeth Oei on vocals.

Saturday, July 22
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Art Demonstration: TBA
Be a part of the art as you watch artists demonstrate their work in front of an audience.

Sunday, July 23
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Art Demonstration: TBA
See July 22 for description.

Friday, July 28
Friday Night Live: “John Sinclair: Mobile Homeland”: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Sinclair performs music from his recording “John Sinclair Mobile Homeland,” produced by Tino Gross. This performance features the instrumental backing of an all-star cast of Detroit musicians.

Saturday, July 29
Detroit Film Theatre: “Detroit Home Movies”: 1 p.m.
All the film collected for the yearlong “Detroit Home Movies” project, which uncovered home movies of everyday life in Detroit’s diverse communities shot in the late 1960s , will be shown in a marathon screening running roughly ten hours, presented in 45-minute chapters and narrated by family members. A detailed program for the July 29 screening will be available online beginning July 1 at www.dia.org/dft.
“Detroit Home Movies” is a partnership of the DIA, Detroit Free Press, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, Detroit Historical Society and Bridge magazine. Made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

DIA Events Calendar August 2017

Exhibitions:
“Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement” on view through October 22.
“D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher” on view August 4 through January 28, 2018.

General Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 & 6 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries for an overview of the collection.

General and Family Guided Tours: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries or enjoy family and kid-friendly tours.

Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 4–8 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members have won state, regional and national competitions. People wanting to learn to play chess should show up between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be no teaching between 6 and 8 p.m., but visitors can play chess.

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Tuesday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Friday, Noon–9 p.m. |Saturday & Sunday, Noon–4
Community Garden Design: Tuesday, August 1–Sunday, August 6
Help design an outdoor flower garden that will be planted on the museum’s lawn.
Paper Flower Garden Wall: Tuesday, August 8–Sunday, August 13
Create a flower (or a bouquet) from colorful tissue paper and add it to a growing collaborative flower garden in the DIA’s Learning Center.
Hip-Hop Art: Album Covers: Tuesday, August 15–Sunday, August 20
If you were a musician, what would your album art look like? Using a variety of art-making materials, bring your vision of a recording artist to life.
Bookmarks & Little Libraries: Tuesday–Sunday, August 22–27
Help decorate a “Little Library,” a small, wooden box for local communities to use and enjoy as a lending library. This project is a partnership between the DIA and Detroit Little Libraries.
Picture Frames with Polaroids: Tuesday, August 29–Thursday, August 31
Have a studio assistant take a Polaroid picture of you that is suitable for framing. Use a variety of art-making materials, including beads, markers and colorful wire, to decorate your frame.

Wednesday, August 2
Detroit Film Theatre: Media City Film Festival: Opening Night Detroit: “FluxFilm & Yoko Ono”: 8 p.m.
Celebrate the kick-off of Media City Film Festival’s 22nd edition with a screening of works by legendary peace activist and artist Yoko Ono. The program includes works from the FluxFilm catalogue and Ono’s “Fly” and “Freedom.” Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Thursday, August 3
Thursday at the Museum: Highlights of the Collection: 1 p.m.
This DIA program offers tri-county adults 55 and older the opportunity to visit the museum and enjoy programs planned exclusively for them, at no cost, every Thursday.

Friday, August 4
Friday Night Live: “D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher” Exhibition Opening: Cypher Battle: 7 p.m.
In conjunction with the opening of the “D-Cyphered” photography exhibition, the DIA presents a rap battle, also known as a cypher battle, featuring Detroit hip-hop artists, with instrumental accompaniment by the Burnt Sugar Arkestra.

Detroit Film Theatre: “Dolemite”: 10 p.m.
Rudy Ray Moore made his screen debut in the 1975 cult epic “Dolemite” as an unjustly imprisoned pimp who marshals a stable of Kung Fu fighters to extract revenge from the gangsters who set him up. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Saturday, August 5
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Hip-Hop Family Festival: Noon–4 p.m.
Get an up-close look at what it takes to be a graffiti artist and learn new breakdance skills (or show off your well-honed ones) with a live DJ. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition “D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher.”
Detroit Film Theatre: “Wild Style”: 9:30 p.m.
“Wild Style” chronicles the South Bronx youth culture of the 1980s before it became globally known and presents members of hip-hop royalty in their original milieu. “Wild Style” is the first celluloid vision connecting graffiti, break dancing, DJ-ing and freestyle MC-ing as cornerstones of the hip-hop nation. With Fab 5 Freddy, Grand Master Flash and the Cold Crush Brothers. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Sunday, August 6
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Hip-Hop Family Festival: Noon–4 p.m.
See Aug. 5 for description.

Thursday, August 10
Thursday at the Museum: Art Talk: “Let Me Tell You a Story…”: 1 p.m.
Creating meaning of the world is a basic behavior, and most cultures throughout time have used art to express essential beliefs and understandings. Explore the many ways visual artists use stories as the source of inspiration for their work.

Friday, August 11
Friday Night Live: TBA: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a live musical performance in Rivera Court.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Harold and Lillian”: 7 p.m.
Movie fans may not recognize the names of Harold and Lillian Michelson, but well-known films wouldn’t be the same without them. Storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian left a mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder, Mike Nichols and more. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Saturday, August 12
Detroit Institute of Awesome: DFT Animation Club: “My Life as a Zucchini”: 2 p.m.
After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by police officer Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home where he meets other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this strange new environment, but with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and to love as he searches for a new family of his own. Recommended for ages 12 to adult. Tickets: $5 for general admission, free for DIA members.

Detroit Film Theatre: “Harold and Lillian”: 4 &7 p.m.
See Aug. 11 for description.

Sunday, August 13
Detroit Institute of Awesome: DFT Animation Club: “My Life as a Zucchini”: 2 p.m.
See Aug. 12 for description.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Harold and Lillian”: 4:30 p.m.
See Aug. 11 for description.

Friday, August 18
Detroit Dance City Festival (DDCF): Movers & Shakers Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Enjoy an informational lunch featuring artist talks, panel discussions and guest speakers. The event is free and open to the public, but food and beverages must be purchased.
Detroit Dance City Festival: Summer Stage: 1–4 p.m.
The DDCF Summer Stage features performances by dancers, musicians and performance artists.
Detroit Dance City Festival: Choreographers Showcase: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
More than 30 artists from Detroit, to New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere were chosen by ArtLab J to showcase their work. For more information and ticketing, visit detroitdancecityfestival.com.
Detroit Dance City Festival: Hip-Hop Dance Party: 9–11 p.m.
Enjoy dance, hip-hop, funk and art. Crews and dance groups will perform and there will be opportunities for the public to freestyle on the dance floor.

Saturday, August 19
Detroit Dance City Festival: Movers & Shakers Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
See Aug. 18 for description.
Detroit Dance City Festival: Summer Stage: 1–4 p.m.
See Aug. 18 for description.
Detroit Dance City Festival: Dance Film Fest: 5:30 p.m.
Selected by ArtLab J, this film fest features works by choreographers and filmmakers interested in working at the intersection of film and movement.
Detroit Dance City Festival: Choreographers Showcase: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
See Aug. 18 for description.

Sunday, August 20
Detroit Dance City Festival: Movers & Shakers Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
See Aug. 18 for description.
Detroit Dance City Festival: Summer Stage: 1–4 p.m.
See Aug. 18 for description.
Detroit Dance City Festival Celebration: 6–8 p.m.
A VIP reception and featured performance celebrate the closing of three-days of dance in Detroit. This is a ticketed event. Go to detroitdancecityfestival.com for ticket information.

Saturday, August 26
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Outdoor Puppet Performance: “Riki Tikki Tavi”: 2 p.m.
Rudyard Kipling’s short story brings a mongoose named Riki Tikki Tavi to life as he protects a British family from a venomous cobra in turn-of-the-century India. Bring blankets and chairs to sit on the lawn.

Sunday, August 27
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Puppet Performance: “Riki Tikki Tavi”: 2 p.m.
See Aug. 26 for description.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9a–4p Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9a–10p Fridays, and 10a–5p Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62+, $6 ages 6–17, and FREE for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and DIA members. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera’s world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

This DIA Events Calendar 2017 page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

For more DIA Events Calendar 2017 events and info, please visit www.dia.org.