DIA Events Calendar 2018

DIA Events Calendar 2018 – Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) calendar featuring special events, exhibits and programs. 2018 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 2018 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 February 2018

Saturday–Sunday, Feb. 17–18
Artist Demonstration: Hearts of Donald Calloway Noon–4 p.m.
Keeping to the spirit of Valentine’s Day, join Detroit multimedia artist Donald Calloway as he displays some of his work and helps visitors create art using found objects and the heart motif. Calloway’s colorful works are filled with emotion, expression and mystery.

Friday, Feb. 23
Friday Night Live!: Charenée Wade 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Saturday–Sunday, Feb. 24–25
Festivals of Asia Noon–4 p.m.
Enjoy traditional performances, demonstrations and crafts associated with festivals celebrated in Arabic, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Korean cultures. Presented by the DIA auxiliary Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures.

DIA Events Calendar March 2018

Exhibitions
“Monet: Framing Life” through March 4, 2018. Made possible by the Bonnie Ann Larson Modern European Masters Series
“Making Home: Contemporary Art from the DIA” through June 6, 2018

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+, featuring tours, talks and art making.

Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 4–8
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.; Saturdays & Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

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

Thursday, March 1
Detroit Film Theatre: An Evening with Stanley Nelson 7:30 p.m.
Writer, producer and director Stanley Nelson will introduce his 2006 documentary “Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple” and engage in a discussion with the audience afterwards. The movie tells the story of a cult led by preacher Jim Jones, who in 1978 led more than 900 members of his religious group to a settlement in Guyana called Jonestown, where he orchestrated a mass murder/suicide with poisoned Flavor Aid. Visiting U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan and members of his delegation were also murdered. The movie features interviews with former cult members, Jonestown survivors and people who knew Jones.
Nelson’s presentation is made possible by the Bob Allison (Allesee) Endowed Chair in Media at Wayne State University’s Department of Communication, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.
Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members

Friday, March 2
Detroit Film Theatre: 2018 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films 7 p.m.
The 2018 Oscar® Shorts program will present all five nominees in both the short animation and live-action short film categories, with an intermission between the two sections. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended! (Approximately three-and-a-half hours). Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members

Saturday, March 3 at 2 & 7 pm
Detroit Film Theatre: 2018 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films 2 and 7 p.m.
(see March 2 for description)

Sunday, March 4
Japanese Girls’ Day (Hinamatsuri) 11 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Celebrate Japanese Girls’ Day (Hinamatsuri) with demonstrations of a tea ceremony, ikebana flower arranging and calligraphy in Rivera Court. See the beautiful Hina Dolls on display in the Great Hall or participate in a workshop featuring traditional Japanese crafts.
Presented by the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit, cosponsored by Japan Cultural Development, the Japan Society of Detroit Women’s Club, Ikebana International Detroit Chapter 85 and DIA auxiliary Friends of Asian Arts and Culture.
Detroit Film Theatre: 2018 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films 1 and 6 p.m.
(see March 2 for description)

Friday, March 9
Detroit Film Theatre: “Miss Kiet’s Children” 7 p.m.
In the Dutch countryside, refugee children, mostly from Syria, are students in Miss Kiet’s classroom. Smart, compassionate and endlessly patient, Miss Kiet is keenly aware of the problems her students have lived through. She not only teaches them Dutch but also how to solve problems together and respect each other. By the end of this new documentary, an affectionate community has grown—the fruit of a teacher’s patience and dedication. Best Documentary Feature, 2017 Dutch Academy Awards. In Dutch and Arabic with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members

Saturday, March 10
Detroit Film Theatre: “Rabbit in the Moon” 2 p.m.
During World War II thousands of second-generation Japanese-American children were forced to live in U.S. government internment camps in remote locations in the California desert. Separated from their parents and living in extreme conditions, Emiko and Chizuko Omori experienced hardships that robbed them of their childhood, their Japanese heritage and eventually the memory of their parent’s tragic lives. Through the making of Rabbit in the Moon, filmmaker Emiko Omori uncovered her forgotten home and a family lost to unbearable emotions.
This movie is part of the series “Making Home on Film,” presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA,” on view through June 6, which presents works in a variety of media that both affirm symbols of domestic space and question popular ideas of home as a source of comfort, belonging and permanency.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Miss Kiet’s Children” 7 and 9:30 p.m.
(see March 9 for description)
Annual Day of Puppetry: “Peter and the Wolf” 2 p.m.
“Peter and the Wolf,” enchanting audiences since its premier in 1936, follows the adventures of a boy trying to capture a wolf. National Marionette Theatre brings this symphonic fairy tale to life with exquisitely crafted marionettes, scrolling scenery and a beautiful orchestral score. Presented in partnership with the Detroit Puppeteers Guild as part of the Annual Day of Puppetry.
Annual Day of Puppetry: Workshop: Marionette Construction and Manipulation 3:30 p.m.
The Detroit Puppeteers Guild provides a closer look into marionette construction and manipulation in a workshop lead by the artists of the National Marionette Theatre, owned and operated by the Syrotiak family, who has been building and performing with marionettes since 1967. Free, but registration is required. To register, call 313-833-4005 or go to www.dia.org. For ages 14 and older.

Sunday, March 11
Detroit Film Theatre: “Miss Kiet’s Children” 2 and 4:30 p.m.
(see March 9 for description)
Puppet Performance: “Peter and the Wolf” 2 p.m.
“Peter and the Wolf,” enchanting audiences since its premier in 1936, follows the adventures of a boy trying to capture a wolf. National Marionette Theatre brings this symphonic fairy tale to life with exquisitely crafted marionettes, scrolling scenery and a beautiful orchestral score.

Wednesday, March 14
Senior Matinee Performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Jewish Ensemble Theatre
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre presents a matinee of its production “The Diary of Anne Frank” for adults 55+. The performance is free and the DIA will provide free transportation for groups of 25 or more. To reserve bus transportation, call 313-833-1292.

Friday, March 16
Detroit Film Theatre: “Bar Bahar” 7 p.m.
Three Palestinian-Israeli women attempt the balance of tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom. Lalia, Salma and Nur share an apartment in the heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a lawyer with a wicked wit, burns off stress in the underground club scene. Salma is a DJ and bartender. Nur is a younger, religious Muslim university student. Nur is intrigued and intimidated by her roommates, but when her conservative fiancé visits, his reaction leaves all three women shaken. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members

Friday Night Live!: Lise de la Salle 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Through her international concert appearances and award-winning recordings, 29 year-old French-born Lise de la Salle has established a reputation as one of today’s most exciting young pianists. She performs music from her new recording, Bach Unlimited, which includes works by and inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach and compositions by Ferruccio Busoni, Francis Poulenc, Albert Roussel and Franz Liszt. For more information on del la Salle, go to http://lisedelasalle.com/about-me/.

Saturday, March 17
Puppet Show: Mesner Puppet Theater Presents “The Stinky Cheese Man” 2 p.m.
Narrator Jack takes the audience through the twists and turns of this wacky tale adapted from Jon Scieszka’s award winning book “The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales,” a spoof on fairytales, that includes Little Red Running Shorts and The Really Ugly Duckling, among others.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Bar Bahar” 7 and 9:30 p.m.
(see March 16 for description)

Sunday, March 18
Puppet Show: Mesner Puppet Theater Presents “The Stinky Cheese Man” 2 p.m.
(see March 17 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: “Bar Bahar” 2 and 4:30 p.m.
(see March 16 for description)

Friday, March 23
Performance: “Voices of Light” (matinee dress rehearsal)
In a rare special event, the Rackham Choir will perform composer Richard Einhorn’s “Voices of Light,” a powerful oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra, performed with a screening of Carl Th. Dreyer’s majestic silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc.” The score is built around medieval chants and the libretto is based on period memoirs written in Latin and Ancient French. Presented with English subtitles. Tickets: $35 general admission; Groups of 10+ (phone only): K-12 students $10; college and university students, $20; adults $25.

Saturday, March 24
Performance: “Voices of Light” 8 p.m.
In a rare special event, the Rackham Choir will perform composer Richard Einhorn’s “Voices of Light,” a powerful oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra, performed with a screening of Carl Th. Dreyer’s majestic silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc.” The score is built around medieval chants and the libretto is based on period memoirs written in Latin and Ancient French. Presented with English subtitles. Tickets: Main Floor Front, $50, $45 for DIA members; Main Floor Middle, $40, $35 for DIA members; Main Floor Rear, $25, $20 for DIA members; Balcony Front, $35, $30 for DIA members; Balcony Upper, $20, $15 for DIA members

Sunday, March 25
Performance: “Voices of Light” 3 p.m.
(see March 24 for description and ticket prices)

Friday, March 30
Detroit Film Theatre: “Legend of the Mountain” 7 p.m.
A travelling scholar intent on translating a Buddhist sutra loses his way in the mountains. He discards his notions of reality as time and space collapse around him, bringing him face-to-face with ghostly visitations and a fantasia of color and light. King Hu (A Touch of Zen) rose to prominence in the 1960s and ‘70s as a visionary director of wuxia, a subgenre of samurai adventures dealing with sorcery and heroes. The new 4K restoration of his Legend of the Mountain shows Hu at the height of his powers. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members

Saturday, March 31
Detroit Film Theatre: Making Home on Film Series: “Chavez Ravine” 2 p.m.
Located a few miles outside of Los Angeles, Chavez Ravine was home to generations of Mexican-Americans since the 1890s, a self-sufficient community where residents ran their own schools and grew their own food. In the late 1940s photographer Don Normark began to document the families of Chavez and their hand-built homes, constructed with ingenuity on the steep terrain. The postwar expansion of Los Angeles led to the destruction of Chavez Ravine to make way for Dodger Stadium in 1959.
This movie is part of the series “Making Home on Film,” presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA,” on view through June 6, which presents works in a variety of media that both affirm symbols of domestic space and question popular ideas of home as a source of comfort, belonging and permanency.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Legend of the Mountain” 7 p.m.
(see March 30 for description)

DIA Events Calendar April 2018

Exhibitions
“Making Home: Contemporary Art from the DIA” through June 6, 2018
“Play Ball: Baseball at the DIA” through Sept. 16, 2018

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+, featuring tours, talks and art making.

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.; Saturdays & Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

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

Additional drop-in artmaking activities are offered during spring break
Tuesday–Thursday, April 3–5, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Friday, April 6, Noon–9 p.m.

Friday, April 6
Friday Night Live!
Alfredo Rodríguez Trio 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Grammy® nominated jazz pianist Alfredo Rodríguez reflects the talents of legends Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum. Schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, Rodríguez’s artistry is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Cuban and jazz roots. His trio includes Munir Hossn on bass and Michael Olivera on drums.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Vazante” 7 p.m.
Forced by unforeseen circumstances to marry a slave trader and live in his decaying farmhouse in the Brazilian mountains, young Beatriz tries to cope with separation from her family through the companionship of the displaced and oppressed inhabitants around her. Exploring the intersection of feminism, colonialism and racial inequity that has persisted across centuries and continents, “Vazante” is a psychologically haunting and visually stunning directorial debut from Brazilian filmmaker Daniela Thomas. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members

Saturday, April 7
Performance: Manual Cinema’s “The Magic City” 2 p.m.
Manual Cinema uses overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors on camera and live music for its live cinematic adaptation of Edith Nesbit’s novel “The Magic City.” Philomena is a 9-year old full of bubbling and often conflicting emotions who escapes into her imagination while trying to adjust to the changes that come when her older parental sister marries a man with a 7-year old son. Blending moviemaking and live performance, Manual Cinema allows the audience to watch the story unfold on screen while simultaneously letting them see how the actors, puppets, and other objects create the story.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Vazante” 7 and 9:30 p.m.
(see April 6 for description)

Sunday, April 8
Performance: Manual Cinema’s “The Magic City” 2 p.m.
(see April 7 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: “Vazante” 5 p.m.
(see April 6 for description)

Wednesday–Friday, April 11–13
Freep Film Festival
Produced by the Detroit Free Press, the festival turns the spotlight on documentary films with Detroit and Michigan connections. The festival features parties, panel discussions, music, food events and more at the DFT and other locations, including the Fillmore Detroit, Cinema Detroit, Detroit Historical Museum and Emagine Royal Oak. Watch freepfilmfestival.com, freep.com and dia.org for details.

Thursday, April 12
Thursdays at the Museum: Art Talk – Fashionable Ladies, Fashionable Drinks with curator Yao-Fen You 1 p.m.
Every Thursday the DIA offers programs for adults 55+, with free transportation for groups of 25 or more. For more information, 313-833-4005
Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15
Artist Demonstration: Illustration by Jim Cherewick Noon–4 p.m.

Thursday, April 19
Thursdays at the Museum: Art-Making – Making Home 1 p.m.
Every Thursday the DIA offers programs for adults 55+, with free transportation for groups of 25 or more. Visit the exhibition “Making Home: Contemporary Works From the DIA,” then create a mixed media work of art depicting what home means to you. For more information call 313-833-4005
Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture: “Guido Reni: The Success and Failure of the Italian Rubens” 6:30 p.m.
The Bolognese painter Guido Reni (1575–1642) was once considered one of the most prominent painters in Europe, but he failed to capitalize on his success during his lifetime. A compulsive gambler, yet obsessive about control of his living arrangements, Reni presents a series of fascinating paradoxes that will be examined in this lecture. The speaker is Elizabeth Cropper, dean, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Friday, April 20
Friday Night Live! Mr. B’s Blues and Boogie Festival 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Mr. B, originator of the annual Blues and Boogie Piano Celebration in Ann Arbor, hosts an evening of Boogie Woogie piano, which includes guest pianists Luca Filastro, Bob Seeley and Jim Dapogny.
Detroit Film Theatre: “In Syria” 7 p.m.
Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, Oum turns her flat into a safe harbor for her children and neighbors, trying to protect them from the war outside. As bombs threaten the building, snipers turn courtyards into deadly zones, and burglars invade to claim their bounties, maintaining a daily routine inside the walls, while avoiding the urge to panic, becomes a matter of life and death. Audience Award for Best Fiction Film, 2017 Berlin Film Festival. In Arabic with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members

Saturday, April 21
Detroit Film Theatre: Ingmar Bergman: The Centennial Retrospective: “The Magician” 2 p.m.
Born a hundred years ago in Uppsala, Sweden, Ingmar Bergman’s passion for observation, storytelling and introspection led him to work in many different art forms, right up until his death in 2007 at age 89. Theatre, television, radio and opera all fascinated Bergman, but it was the nearly 50 feature films that he wrote and directed between 1946 and 2003 that will remain not only Bergman’s personal legacy, but also exist as proof that cinema has the power to touch the human soul. Throughout 2018, the DFT will present a selection of Bergman’s masterworks in restored versions.
“The Magician” is a a tale of deception and stars Max Von Sydow as Dr. Vogler, a mesmerist and peddler of potions whose magic is put to the test by the eminently rational royal medical adviser Dr. Vergérus. The result is a diabolically clever battle of wits filled with atmospheric shadows and—in every sense—smoke and mirrors. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members
Detroit Film Theatre: “In Syria” 7 and 9:30 p.m.
(see April 20 for description)

Sunday, April 22
Detroit Film Theatre: “In Syria” 2 and 4:30 p.m.
(see April 20 for description)

Monday, April 23
Friends of Art and Flower’s 19th Annual Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman Lecture & Luncheon 10:30 a.m.
Per Benjamin, floral designer for the 2016 and 2017 Nobel Prize banquet, and Interflora World Cup winner, is this year’s special guest. Benjamin, who is from Stockholm, will demonstrate new trends in floral design. An optional luncheon follows his presentation. Tickets are $35 for the lecture only and $70 for the lecture and luncheon. For tickets, call 313-833-4005 or go to tickets.dia.org. Presented by the DIA auxiliary group Friends of Art & Flowers.

Friday, April 27
Friday Night Live! Danilo Brito and João Luiz
Mandolin player Danilo Brito is known for his extraordinary musicianship and his performances of choro, the first characteristically Brazilian genre of popular music. João Luiz is a member of the Brasil Guitar Duo, known internationally for their performance of traditional and Brazilian music.

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 $14 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 62+, $8 ages 6–17. General Admission (excludes ticketed attractions) is 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 2018 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 2018 events and info, please visit www.dia.org.