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.

Exhibitions
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
“Ofrendas: Celebrating el Dia de Muertos” on view September 28–November 10

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.

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.

DIA Events Calendar OCTOBER 2019

Exhibitions
“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 January 5
“Ofrendas: Celebrating el Dia de Muertos” on view September 28–November 10
Guests of Honor from the Musée du Louvre: “Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Portraits of Americans in the Age of Enlightenment” October 6, 2019–May 3, 2020

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.

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, October 3
Thursdays at the Museum: Tour 1 p.m.

Friday, October 4
Friday Night Live! Formosa Roadside Wedding Banquet 7:30 p.m.
The National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan invites visitors to celebrate joyful and food-centric Taiwanese wedding rituals, combining traditional Taiwanese theatre, instrumentation and unique vocals.

Saturday, October 5
Detroit Institute of Awesome! DFT Family: NYICFF ¡Viva Kid Flicks! 2 p.m.
¡Viva Kid Flicks! celebrates Spanish-language and Latino-themed stories in shorts from around the globe and features audience favorites and award-winners from the 2019 New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest film festival for kids and teens in North America.

Detroit Film Theatre: Asako I & II 4 & 7 p.m.
Asako, a student from Osaka, meets and falls in love with a drifter, Baku, who vanishes from time to time, finally drifting out of her life. Years later, Asako meets a young, businessman named Ryohei who bears a resemblance to her old flame, but with a completely different personality. In Japanese with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Sunday, October 6
Detroit Institute of Awesome! DFT Family: NYICFF ¡Viva Kid Flicks! 2 p.m.
(see October 5 for description)

Detroit Film Theatre: Asako I & II 4 p.m
(see October 5 for description)

Thursday, October 10
Thursdays at the Museum: Special Program: Humble and Human exhibition Pop-Up Tour 1 p.m.
This special Thursday at the Museum program invites visitors to an exclusive private guided tour of the exhibition Humble & 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.

Friday, October 11
Detroit Film Theatre: Rojo 8 p.m.
Claudio is a cool-headed lawyer who lives in suburbia with his wife and daughter, only to have his placid lifestyle disrupted after a dinner date is interrupted by an altercation with a stranger. When the stranger vows vengeance, Claudio embarks on a path of no return. In Spanish with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Special Indigenous People’s Day Friday Night Live! Jeremy Dutcher 8 p.m.
Performer, composer and activist Jeremy Dutcher is a classically trained operatic tenor whose Wolastoq First Nation roots inspire shifts between classical, traditional and pop to form something new.

Saturday, October 12
Detroit Film Theatre: Rojo 4 & 7 p.m.
(see October 11 for description)

Sunday, October 13
Detroit Film Theatre: Michoacán to Michigan 2 p.m.
This documentary tells the story of Valeriano & Martina Fraga’s journey from Mexico (Morelia, Michoacán) to Michigan in 1919, during the Mexican Revolution, through audio recordings and interviews with their children. The Fraga’s story, and the generations of their family that contributed to Detroit and Michigan communities throughout the past century, captures the true legacy of Martina and Valeriano’s journey. The film score composed by Tish Hinojosa.

Detroit Film Theatre: Rojo 4:30 p.m.
(see October 11 for description)

Thursday, October 17
Thursdays at the Museum: Art-making, 1 p.m.

Friday, October 18
Detroit Film Theatre: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Miles Davis broke boundaries and lived life on his own terms. It made him a star, but it also tested the patience of those who loved him. Featuring never-before-seen footage and studio outtakes, the new documentary from Stanley Nelson tells the story of a talent and unpacks the man behind the horn. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Friday Night Live! Ashley Bathgate 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Cellist Ashley Bathgate performs ASH, a work she commissioned for the Sleeping Giant composer collective, along with new works by composers Emily Cooley, Fjola Evans and Alex Weiser inspired by Steve Reich’s Cello Counterpoint.

Saturday, October 19
Detroit Film Theatre: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool 2 p.m.
(see October 18 for description)

Lecture: 2019 Betsy Campbell Lecture: Container Gardening: Drama for Every Season 2 p.m.
The DIA auxiliary Friends of Art & Flowers presents Paul Zammit, the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden, who shares his process from pot selection and soil, to choosing the assorted plants he calls “thrillers, fillers, and spillers” that burst with fragrance, color and occasionally edible, herbs and greens.

Special Detroit Film Theatre Performance: Alloy Orchestra Presents: Gallery of Monsters 8 p.m.
Gallery of Monsters (La Gallerie des Monstres) is the story of a young small-town woman whose father forbids her marriage to the man she loves. In revolt, the couple flees and joins a circus, only to have unexpected tensions arise within the circus and the individuals working there. Alloy Orchestra brings a dynamic original score, adding to the film’s restoration, performed at the DFT just one day after its world premiere screening. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Sunday, October 20
Special Detroit Film Theatre Performance: Alloy Orchestra Presents: Speedy 12 p.m.
This special family-friendly Alloy Orchestra performance of the film Speedy is a fun, rollicking big-city adventure, making it a must-see opportunity for kids to discover cinema merged with live performance. Audience members can meet the band after the show.

Detroit Film Theatre: Stratford Festival on Film: Coriolanus 2 p.m.
After defeating enemies of Rome and capturing the city of Corioles, formerly despised military leader Caius Martius is honored with the new name Coriolanus and encouraged to run for the highest public office, only to face unexpected enemies who fan the populism flame with catastrophic results. Filmed before a live audience at Stratford’s Avon Theater. Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Thursday, October 24
Thursdays at the Museum: Film: All the King’s Men 1 p.m.
Willie Stark is an idealistic local politician who discovers that corruption pays as he climbs the political ladder by any means necessary but comes face-to-face with the consequences.

SOLD OUT – Superfest Showcase: Detroit 7 p.m.
This show presents cutting-edge cinema that portrays the diversity and complexity of people with disabilities. Superfest brings a sampling of the top films from last year’s festival presented with captioning, audio-description and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation.

Friday, October 25
Friday Night Live! Jenny Scheinman and Allison Miller’s Parlour Game 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Violinist Jenny Scheinman and drummer Allison Miller unite to create an Americana-infused jazz performance. Featuring pianist Carmen Staaf on piano and Tony Scherr on the acoustic bass.

Detroit Film Theatre: Los Reyes 7 p.m.
This documentary follows two homeless dogs, who really aren’t homeless at all. Futbol and Chola live in Santiago’s city of Los Reyes in the city’s oldest skate park, kept company and taken care of by teenage boys visiting the park. The voices of the skaters, set against the city’s noise, form a setting in itself as the kids brag, complain and joke in the unfiltered, raunchy language of coming-of-age boys.

Saturday, October 26
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Ballet Folklorico de Detroit: 2 p.m.
This special Day of the Dead performance by Ballet Folklorico de Detroit showcases several traditional dances and costumes from various regions of Mexico. Ballet Folklorico aims to preserve the culture of Mexico and promote positivity within the community.

Seeing the Sacred in Samsara: Lecture with Donald S. Lopez, Jr. 2 p.m.
Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Michigan Donald S. Lopez, Jr. discusses his new book, Seeing the Sacred in Samsara, that features full-scale paintings of each of the 84 Indian mahasiddhas, (tantric Buddhist saints). He offers historical, aesthetic, and religious insights, giving a sense of the nuanced narratives and themes illustrated in the paintings. An audience Q&A and book signing will follow the presentation.

Detroit Film Theatre: Los Reyes 2, 4:30 & 7 p.m.
(see October 25 for description)

Sunday, October 27
Detroit Institute of Awesome: Ballet Folklorico de Detroit: 2 p.m.
(see October 26 for description)

National Book Launch: The Queen Next Door with Linda Solomon 4 p.m.
Photojournalist Linda Solomon will launch her book The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait with Detroit panelists as they share their “RESPECT” for the Queen of Soul. Each panelist will share their intimate stories describing Aretha’s influence in music, her devotion to Detroit, her dedication to civil rights and personal tales and anecdotes. This afternoon will feature a choir performing Aretha’s hit songs, as well as a surprise guest vocalist. Paying homage to the Queen of Soul and her love for the pink Cadillac, Cadillac has generously sponsored this event and will provide a complimentary book to each event attendee.

Panelists include former Governor of Michigan, James J. Blanchard, former Mayor of Detroit, Dennis Archer and Aretha’s family including, her nieces, Sabrina Vonne Owens and Cristal Franklin, as well as Aretha’s cousin and back-up vocalist, Brenda Corbett and sister-in-law, Earline Franklin. Aretha’s life-long friends, Beverly Bradley, Thelma Stubbs Mitchell, sister of Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops and Barbara Henderson, wife of Billy Henderson of the Spinners, and more, will be joining the discussion. Carolyn Clifford, news anchor of Channel 7 Action News, will moderate the panel.

This event is open to the public, but space is limited.

DIA Events Calendar NOVEMBER 2019

Exhibitions
“Ofrendas: Celebrating el Dia de Muertos” on view through November 10
“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 January 5, 2020
Guests of Honor from the Musée du Louvre: “Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Portraits of Americans in the Age of Enlightenment” on view through May 3, 2020
“Detroit Collects: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections” on view November 12, 2019–March 1, 2020
“Michigan’s Great Lakes: Photographs by Jeff Gaydash” on view November 15, 2019–May 3, 2020

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.
There will be a special Family Guided Tour on Friday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m.

Gallery Adventures: Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
These family-friendly pop-up tours by DIA docents provide activities for children and the whole family. They take place in the French galleries on Saturdays and the Native American galleries on Sundays.
Gallery Adventures will be offered on Friday, Nov. 29 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Gallery Games: Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Families of all ages can enjoy free, take-away kid-tested and approved games at the cart in Prentis Court next to Artie the Donkey.
Gallery Games will be offered on Friday, Nov. 29 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Thursdays at the Museum, 1 p.m.
Special programs, including light refreshments, for adults 55+, including tours, talks, art-making, films and more.

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.

Friday, November 1
Friday Night Live! Warsaw Concerto: 75 Years 7 p.m.
Pianist Joseph Palazzolo celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, featuring the music of Frederic Chopin, Ignaz Paderewski, Camille Saint-Saens, as well as polkas, klezmer and other concert music from the period performed by Palazzolo and violinist Sonia Lee.

Saturday, November 9
Detroit Institute of Arts 2019 Gala 6 p.m.

Sunday, November 10
Ofrenda Artist Talk: Celebrating el Dia de Muertos 2 p.m.
Detroit Film Theatre: Jay Myself 3, 5 & 6:45 p.m.
This documentary follows photographer Jay Maisel in 2015 when he moves out of Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

Thursday, November 14
Thursdays at the Museum: Art BINGO! 1 p.m.
Join us for a special event, Art BINGO! Learn about the DIA’s spectacular collection and win prizes.

Friday, November 15
Detroit Film Theatre: Angels are Made of Light 7 p.m.
Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.
Friday Night Live! Juxtatonal featuring Nick Zoulek 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 16
Detroit Institute of Awesome! Artist Demonstration: Encaustic Painting with Karianne Spens-Hanna 12 p.m.
Detroit-based artist Karianne Spens-Hanna demonstrates the encaustic—heated wax—technique, then guides visitors as they try their own encaustic wax pieces.
Lecture: The Last Night: The Art, Armor and Ambition of Maximilian I 2 p.m.
Detroit Film Theatre: Angels are Made of Light 4 & 7 p.m.
(see Nov. 15 for description)

Sunday, November 17
Detroit Institute of Awesome! Artist Demonstration: Encaustic Painting with Karianne Spens-Hanna 12 p.m.
(see Nov. 16 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: Piranhas 2 & 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 21
Thursdays at the Museum: Film: The Palm Beach Story 1 p.m.
The story of a bankrupt inventor’s wife who decides that the best way to raise money for her beloved husband’s new project is to divorce him, and marry a Palm Beach millionaire, J.D. Hackensacker III.

Friday, November 22
Detroit Film Theatre: Ága 7 p.m.
In this story about an indigenous couple living in Siberia, the husband embarks on a journey to find their estranged daughter, Ága, after his wife falls ill. In Yakut with English subtitles. (96 min.) Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.
Friday Night Live! Marcus Elliot Trio 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 23
DFT Family: Tia and Piujuq 2 p.m.
Detroit Film Theatre: Ága 4:30 & 7 p.m.
(see Nov. 22 for description)

Sunday, November 24
DFT Family: Tia and Piujuq 2 p.m.
(see Nov. 23 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: Ága 4:30 p.m.
(see Nov. 22 for description)

Friday, November 29
Detroit Institute of Awesome! Puppet Performance: National Marionette Theatre presents Pinocchio 2 p.m.
Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.
City Lights 4 p.m.
Victims of Sin 7 p.m.
Friday Night Live! Audra Kubat 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 30
Detroit Institute of Awesome! Puppet Performance: National Marionette Theatre presents Pinocchio 2 p.m.
(see Nov. 29 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: Il Cinema Ritrovato: Festival of Restored Cinema Masterworks
(see Nov. 29 for description). Tickets: $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students.

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.

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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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