DIA Events Calendar 2019

DIA Events Calendar 2019 – Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) calendar featuring special events, exhibits and programs for 2019 at the DIA and throughout the community.

Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Below are the highlights of the DIA Events Calendar 2019 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.

July 2019

Special Family Programming Summer Hours
Tuesday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Friday, Noon–9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, Noon–4 p.m.
Enjoy Gallery Adventures and Games, Family Tours, Drop-in Workshops and more during the DIA’s special summer family programming hours.

Exhibitions
“Ruben & Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love” on view through July 7
“From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960–1975” on view through August 25
Guest of Honor: “Souvenir II” by Kerry James Marshall on view through August 30
“Out of the Crate: New Gifts and Purchases” on view through September 15
“Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1876–2019” on view through September 15
“Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.” on view through October 13

Ongoing
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 a family and kid-friendly tour.

Thursdays at the Museum, 1 p.m.
Special programs, including light refreshments, for adults 55+, including tours, talks, art-making, films and more. There will be no programming on Thursday, July 4.

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 arrive between 4 and 6 p.m.; open play (no teaching) is between 6 and 8 p.m. There will be no chess on Friday, July 5.

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

Drop-In Art-making (for all ages): Regular Hours: Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Thursday, July 4
Museum Closed – Independence Day

Friday, July 5
Detroit Film Theatre: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am 7 p.m.
American author Toni Morrison refused to be defined by the publishing industry’s establishment, insisting on telling stories from the vital, underrepresented point of view of the African American community. This documentary reveals archived material, works of contemporary art, and interviews with Angela Davis, Oprah Winfrey, Walter Mosley and Morrison herself, as she talks about the inspiration for her writing, earning her the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and more. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Saturday, July 6
Detroit Film Theatre: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am 1, 4 & 7 p.m.
(see July 5 for description)

Sunday, July 7
Detroit Film Theatre: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am 2 & 4:30 p.m.
(see July 5 for description)

Wednesday, July 10
The 27th Annual Concert of Colors 4–9 p.m.
This annual free Midtown festival celebrates metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups, presenting musicians from around the world in a multi-stage, multi-location festival with the DIA as the main stage. For more information and the full schedule of events, visit concertofcolors.com.

Thursday, July 11
The 27th Annual Concert of Colors 4–9 p.m.
(see July 20 for description)

Thursdays at the Museum: Art Talk: From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960-1975 with DIA curator Clare Rogan 1 p.m.
Curator Clare Rogan discusses the exhibition From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960–1975.

Friday, July 12
The 27th Annual Concert of Colors 4–9 p.m.
(see July 20 for description)

Saturday, July 13
The 27th Annual Concert of Colors 4–9 p.m.
(see July 20 for description)

COC: African Masquerade Noon
In a special Concert of Colors performance, the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble of Philadelphia will demonstrate dances featuring African masks and drumming traditions.

COC: Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue 8 p.m.
As part of Concert of Colors, Blue Note Records president Don Was brings together an all-star revue with more than twenty artists to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Motown, including Martha Reeves, The Velvelettes, Nadir Omowale, Mitch Ryder and more.

Sunday, July 14
The 27th Annual Concert of Colors 4–9 p.m.
(see July 20 for description)

COC: African Masquerade Noon
(see July 13 for description)

COC: C’mon Blink Your Eyes! The Magic of African Masquerade 2 p.m.
Nigerian-American painter and art historian Dr. dele jegede presents his fun and educational public lecture, C’mon, Blink Your Eyes! The Magic of African Masquerade in the Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall following the noon African Masquerade performance. Sponsored by the DIA’s auxiliary Friends of African and African American Art.

Monday, July 15
COC: Detroit Film Theatre: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes 7 p.m.
The history of one of the most important record labels in jazz is uncovered in the documentary Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, showing rare archived footage, recording sessions and conversations with jazz icons, including today’s groundbreaking Blue Note musicians. Presented with free admission as part of the 27th Annual Concert of Colors.

Tuesday, July 16
COC: Detroit Film Theatre: Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
This documentary takes viewers through the public and private worlds of pop culture icon Grace Jones, contrasting musical sequences with intimate personal footage from her home in Jamaica and into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie. Presented with free admission as part of the 27th Annual Concert of Colors.

Thursday, July 18
Thursdays at the Museum: Art Making: Asafo Flags 1 p.m.

Friday, July 19
Detroit Film Theatre: Babylon 7 p.m.
Babylon follows a young dancehall DJ in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, fighting fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, police and the National Front. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Friday Night Live! Stefano Barone 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Composer and musician Stefano Barone performs with a balance between acoustic and electronic, using masterful guitar techniques while maintaining control of his electronic devices, weaving together the songs in one uninterrupted set.

Saturday, July 20
Detroit Institute of Awesome! Artist Demonstration: Comix Remix Noon
Create superhero stories with Detroit artist Ryan Standfest remixing art from the pages of today’s comic books using collage and drawing. This program is in conjunction with the DIA’s special exhibition From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960-1975 on view through August 25, 2019.

Detroit Film Theatre: Buddy 1 & 3:30 p.m.
From opening and closing drawers, turning their mistress over in bed, operating syringes, soothing PTSD afflicted veterans as well as severely autistic children and more, Buddy is an ode to the courage of all the main characters, and a loving portrait of the deep connection between humans and their dogs. In Dutch with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Detroit Institute of Awesome! Puppet Performance: I Wan Jan Glove Puppet Theatre: A Chance Encounter Leads to Marriage & Journey to the West 2 p.m.
The I Wan Jan Glove Puppet Theatre presents two stories in this special, one-day-only performance. Watch good people get rewarded for good deeds in the opera classic A Chance Encounter Leads to Marriage, and then travel along with Journey to the West, a centuries-old folktale about the immortals who braved fantastic adventures to bring Buddhist prayers from India to China. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Presented in partnership with the Michigan Taiwanese American organization.

Detroit Film Theatre: Babylon 4:30 & 7 p.m.
(see July 19 for description)

Sunday, July 21
Detroit Institute of Awesome! Artist Demonstration: Comix Remix Noon
(see July 20 for description)

Detroit Film Theatre: Buddy 2 p.m.
(see July 20 for description)

Detroit Film Theatre: Babylon 2 & 4:30 p.m.
(see July 19 for description)

Thursday, July 25
Thursdays at the Museum: Film: Ride the High Country 1 p.m.
As the old west enters the modern era, two aging gunfighters team up to transport a gold shipment while reluctantly rescuing a terrorized young bride, only to find themselves on opposite sides of the law.

Friday, July 26
Friday Night Live! Musique Noir 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Led by violinist Michelle May, the group produces a sophisticated sound showcasing unique arrangements of world fusion music, featuring May on violin and flute, Leslie Deshazor Adams on viola, Leah Lucas Celebi on viola and violin and JoVia Armstrong on percussion.

Detroit Film Theatre: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché 7 p.m.
In 1894, Alice Guy-Blaché entered the movie business at its beginning when she was 21, a career that came to an abrupt end in 1919 before her death in 1968. She had over 1,000 films that bore her name, completely forgotten. This documentary, narrated by Jodie Foster, is both an overdue tribute and a detective story tracing the circumstances by which the world’s first female film director faded from cinema’s collective memory. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Saturday, July 27
Detroit Institute of Awesome! Puppetkabob: She Thinks She’s Queen Elizabeth But She’s Dirty Gerts to Me! 2 p.m.
Laugh along with Puppetkabob’s paper pop-up extravaganza featuring a blend of historical fiction, 60s pop culture and colorful confetti as middle-schooler Carol Lee Bell discovers the best way to fit in is not to fit in at all. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Detroit Film Theatre: Detroit Film Theatre: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché 4 & 7 p.m.
(see July 26 for description)

Sunday, July 28
Detroit Institute of Awesome! Puppetkabob: She Thinks She’s Queen Elizabeth But She’s Dirty Gerts to Me! 2 p.m.
(see July 27 for description)

Detroit Film Theatre: Detroit Film Theatre: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché 2 & 4:30 p.m.
(see July 26 for description)

DIA Events Calendar August 2019

Special Family Programming Summer Hours
Tuesday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Friday, Noon–9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, Noon–4 p.m.
Enjoy Gallery Adventures and Games, Family Tours, Drop-in Workshops and more during the DIA’s special summer family programming hours.

Exhibitions
“From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960–1975” on view through August 25
Guest of Honor: “Souvenir II” by Kerry James Marshall on view through September 8
“Out of the Crate: New Gifts and Purchases” on view through September 15
“Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1876–2019” on view through September 15
“Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.” on view through October 13

Ongoing
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 a family and kid-friendly tour.

Thursdays at the Museum, 1 p.m.
Special programs, including light refreshments, for adults 55+, including tours, talks, art-making, films and more. There will be no programming on August 15 and 29.

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 arrive between 4 and 6 p.m.; open play (no teaching) is between 6 and 8 p.m.

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

Drop-In Art-making (for all ages): Regular Hours: Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Thursday, August 1
Thursdays at the Museum: Tour: DIA from A­–Z 1 p.m.

Friday, August 2
Detroit Film Theatre: Say Amen Somebody! 7 p.m.
Now newly restored, this documentary shines light on the pioneers of modern gospel music, featuring Thomas A. Dorsey, Willie Mae Ford Smith, The Barrett Sisters, The O’Neal Twins, Zella Jackson Price and more. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Saturday, August 3
Detroit Film Theatre: Say Amen Somebody! 4:30 & 7 p.m.
(See August 2 for description)

Sunday, August 4
Special Event: Citywide Poets Present The Cypher 2 p.m.
Members of Citywide Poets, a literacy community for young adults, compete head-to-head for the title of hip-hop supremacy. Hosted by renowned Detroit vocalist and spoken word artist, La Shaun “Phoenix” Moore, the artists will engage in a three-round tournament, putting their written, freestyle and crowd-moving skills to the test in this family-friendly event. The event will include an informal cypher where audience members will be invited to pick up the mic.

Detroit Film Theatre: Say Amen Somebody! 2 & 4:30 p.m.
(See August 2 for description)

Thursday, August 8
Thursdays at the Museum: Art Talk: The Detroit Stars Baseball League and the Restoration of the Hamtramck Stadium with president of Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium, Gary Gillette 1 p.m.
Gillette discusses Detroit’s first Black baseball league, the Detroit Stars, and the restoration of their stadium. This program is in conjunction with Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1879–2019.

Friday, August 9
Mosaic Youth Theatre: Now That I Can Dance – Motown 1962 7 p.m.
The talented young performers of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, in cooperation with the Motown Museum, return to the DIA with Now That I Can Dance – Motown 1962 in celebration of Motown’s 60th anniversary. Mosaic takes it back to where it all started for their hit musical about Motown’s early days, when most of its future stars were teenagers. This production tells the little-known story of the Marvelettes and the origin of Motown’s first #1 record on the pop charts, Please Mister Postman. To purchase tickets, visit mosaicdetroit.org/tickets.

Friday Night Live! Yuko Mabuchi 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Pianist Yuko Mabuchi will perform hits from Dorothy Donegan, Hazel Scott and more while retaining her fresh, contemporary approach.

Saturday, August 10
Mosaic Youth Theatre: Now That I Can Dance – Motown 1962 7 p.m.
(see August 9 for description)

Sunday, August 11
Mosaic Youth Theatre: Now That I Can Dance – Motown 1962 4 p.m.
(see August 9 for description)

Thursday, August 15
DIA’s Fash Bash 7 p.m.
Presented by the DIA’s auxiliary Founders Junior Council in collaboration with Neiman Marcus, this annual fundraiser showcases the latest high-end and couture designs with a full runway show in Rivera Court and the Great Hall. After the show, an after-party event takes place in Prentis Court, with a live DJ, drinks, dancing and more. This event is open to the public. To reserve your tickets, visit dia.org /fashbash2019.

Friday, August 16
Mosaic Youth Theatre: Now That I Can Dance – Motown 1962 7 p.m.
(see August 9 for description)

Friday Night Live! Eric Grossman 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Violinist Eric Grossman is joined by his wife, pianist Lida Grossman, in a performance of works by Cuban composer Jorge Lopez Marin.

Saturday, August 17
Detroit Institute of Awesome! Artist Demonstration: Ava East
Ava East visits the DIA to demonstrate different methods of illustration and design. Afterwards, she invites audience members to create their own art with the new techniques. This program is in conjunction with From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960–1975.

Mosaic Youth Theatre: Now That I Can Dance – Motown 1962 7 p.m.
(see August 9 for description)

Sunday, August 18
Mosaic Youth Theatre: Now That I Can Dance – Motown 1962 4 p.m.
(see August 9 for description)

Thursday, August 22
Thursdays at the Museum: Film: To Have and Have Not 1 p.m.
Humphrey Bogart stars as a cynical yacht skipper-for-hire who reluctantly agrees to transport a French Resistance leader and his wife to Martinique Island; featuring the screen debut of Lauren Bacall and her famous line, “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve?”

Friday, August 23
Detroit Dance City Festival: Friday Dance Party 8 p.m.
A dance party on the Woodward Plaza, featuring dance crews from Detroit and beyond.

Saturday, August 24
Detroit Dance City Festival: Dancing in the Park Noon
Dancers, musicians and other performers come together for an afternoon of fun, including games, face-painting, creative movement activities and more.

Sunday, August 25
Detroit Dance City Festival: Dancing in the Park Noon
(see August 24 for description)

Detroit Film Theatre: The Fate of Lee Khan 2 & 4:30 p.m.
Lee Khan, an official working for Mongolian Emperor Yuan, procures the battle map of the Chinese rebel army. With this information, Kahn calls on Chinese resistance fighters, aided by an undercover girl-gang within Khan’s ranks. The plan is set into motion, only to be met with many twists and turns. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Friday, August 30
Detroit Film Theatre: The Third Wife 7 p.m.
In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May is given away in an arranged marriage as payment for her father’s debt, becoming the third wife of a wealthy landowner. May learns of the one way she can gain status in the marriage, but the strictures of patriarchy reveal the consequences that any deviance from the rules of society will engender. In Vietnamese with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Saturday, August 31
Detroit Institute of Awesome! DFT Animation Club: Mirai
When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister Mirai, he comes jealous of the family’s attention on her. Suddenly, strange visitors from the past and future lead Kun on a journey through time and space, uncovering the family’s incredible story. Tickets: $5 for general admission; free for members.

Detroit Film Theatre: The Third Wife 4 & 7 p.m.
(see August 30 for description)

IN THE COMMUNITY

Drop-in Art-Making
Activities are offered at numerous art fairs and festivals throughout Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. Art projects rotate throughout the year, focusing on current exhibitions, creative work from different cultures, various techniques, and concepts of identity.

Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 4
Belle Isle Art Fair: Initial Tiles Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Sunday, 11 a.m.–5p.m.
Use your own initials and colorful art materials to create a unique work of art to take home.

Tuesday, August 6
Greater Grace Temple’s 22nd Annual Back-to-School Festival: Tambourines 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Learn about the history of this percussion instrument and make a simple version of your own.

Friday, August 9
Wayne’s Downtown Days: Paper Flowers Noon­–5 p.m.
Be inspired by images of flowers found in the DIA’s permanent collection and in downtown Wayne to make your own paper versions.

Saturday, August 10 & Sunday, August 11
36th Annual Shelby Township Art Fair: Heraldry Saturday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Sunday, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Heraldry emerged during the Middle Ages as a way to visually represent lords and knights. Learn more as you create a miniature coat-of-arms of your own design.

Tuesday, August 13–Friday, August 16
147th Annual Armada Fair: Rakhi Noon–3 p.m.
Raksha Bandhan is an Indian festival that commemorates brother and sister-like relationships. Girls and women tie colorful rakhis on the wrists of male relatives. Create your own rakhi using a variety of colorful materials.

Sunday, August 18
4th Annual Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival at Eastern Market: Art Pins 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Create one-of-a-kind wearable art pins using a variety of traditional and nontraditional jewelry-making materials.

Thursday, August 22–Sunday, August 25
Warren Birthday Bash: Celebration Masks Thursday & Friday, 5–7 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday, Noon–7 p.m.
Create a colorful expressive mask using feathers, ribbon, glitter and more.

Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, August 25
Lake Orion’s 11th Annual Dragon on the Lake: Dragon Masks Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. | Sunday, Noon–5 p.m.
Create your own dragon mask out of tag board, paper, and raffia using traditional colors and different animals to symbolize elements of Chinese culture.

Sunday, August 25
Hazel Park Art Fair: Tambourines 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Learn about the history of this percussion instrument and make a simple version of your own.

Thursday, August 29 & Friday, August 30
Romeo Peach Festival: Wrist and Ankle Rattles 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Use leather, beads, wire and metallic markers to create a whimsical musical instrument.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Hours and Admission
9a–4p Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9a–10p Fridays, 10a–5p Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $14 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 62+, $8 for college students, $6 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.

OAKLAND COUNTY MOMS WEEKEND EVENTS PAGE

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 2019 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 2019 events and info, please visit www.dia.org.

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