Black History Month (BHM) comes alive at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) with family performances, storytelling, live music and an artist demonstration. Exhibitions Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries and An Intuitive Eye: André Kertész Photographs, 1914–1969 are also on display.
Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. For more information call (313) 833-7900 or visit www.dia.org.
For Detroit Film Theatre movie listings call (313) 833-4686, or visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp.
Guided Tours: Wednesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1, 6 & 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.
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 how to play chess should show up between 4–6 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)
Fridays, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6–9 p.m. – Miniature Paper Masks: Create a miniature mask using tagboard paper, markers and a variety of art-making materials, then learn how masks are used in different cultures. BHM program.
Saturdays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26, Noon–4 p.m. – Mosaics: A mosaic is a picture or decoration made of small pieces of stone, glass or other materials. Make a simple mosaic using a wide variety of materials.
Sundays, February 6, 13, 20 and 27, Noon–4 p.m. – Senufo Painting: Explore this West African form of painting on fabric using markers and muslin, a loosely woven cotton fabric. BHM program.
Wednesday, February 2
Lecture: Growing the DIA’s Great Collection of American Art: 6:30 p.m.
Since Kenneth Myers joined the DIA as curator of American Art in 2005, the department has acquired nine important paintings, including: Violet and Blue: Among the Rollers by James McNeill Whistler; Beach at Long Branch: Sunrise by William Trost Richards; several major pieces of furniture; and wonderful examples of American ceramics, glass and metalwork. Myers will discuss many of these acquisitions, share the sometimes surprising details of the hunt for important but affordable potential acquisitions, and explain some of the criteria that shape the American Art department’s collecting priorities.
Music: Carmen Lundy: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Carmen Lundy is celebrated throughout the world for her vocal artistry and is highly regarded for her jazz innovation. Lundy, a multi-instrumentalist and gifted composer performs music from her latest CD, Solamente, on which she arranged, produced, recorded, mixed and played every instrument. Joining Lundy for this performance are pianist Anthoney Wonse, Kenny Davis on bass and Jamison Ross on drums. BHM program.
Family Sunday, February 6
Artist Demonstration: Painting and Mixed Media: Noon–4 p.m.
Over the past few years Senghor Reid, painter and mixed media artist, has been working on a series entitled, The Burden of Dream. The series documents the lives of people in an urban setting ravaged and altered by the relentless imprint of human activity on the earth in a post-industrial age. Expanding on this concept, Reid is now exploring the human brain and the thought processes of these subjects. BHM program.
Friday Night Live, February 11
Music: Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite with Jeff “Tain” Watts: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
This performance is of the legendary Freedom Now Suite written by Max Roach and lyricist Oscar Brown to commemorate the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. The band is led by the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Artist in Residence, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and features pianist Geri Allen and Bob Hurst on bass. BHM program.
Family Sunday, February 13
Class: Memory Boxes: (ages 5–8 with an adult): 1–3 p.m.
Do you have mementos or treasures that need a home? Baby teeth, favorite toys or a special collection? If the answer is yes, this is the class for you. Children and adults can decorate together or individually their choice of a large or small box to hold those treasured memories. Boxes are available for pick up one week after class. Members $24, non-members $28. To register, email email@example.com. or call (313) 833-4249.
Storytelling: Ivory Williams: 2 p.m.
Ivory D. Williams, president of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, presents highly interactive and entertaining stories designed for both youth and adults. BHM Program.
Lecture: Nineteenth Annual Alain Locke Awards “Merging Life and Art in Abstraction” by William T. Williams: 2 p.m.
In his 40-year career, this year’s Alain Locke Award recipient, William T. Williams, has created numerous series of abstract paintings and prints reflecting personal memories, variations on themes, technical innovations, mastery of color and diverse approaches. He is acknowledged as an initiator in 1968 of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s renowned Artists-in-Residence program, which continues to jumpstart the careers of many artists of African descent. Since 1971, Williams has been a professor of art at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York. His lecture will focus on the development of his art and career. BHM program.
Friday Night Live, February 18
Music: (please visit www.dia.org for details)
Family Sunday, February 20
Brunch with Bach: Jade Simmons: 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Known for her musical creativity and electrifying stage presence, Jade Simmons is committed to expanding the boundaries of classical music. She will perform variations from her new recording, Spice.
Family Performance: A World of Music and Stories: 2 p.m.
Audrey and Bob Allison will present an upbeat program that includes humorous interactive stories, audience participation, hands-on fun, beautiful music and musical instruments from all over the world. BHM program.
Friday Night Live, February 25
Music: Johnnie Bassett: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Legendary Detroit guitarist and singer Johnnie Bassett performs music from his latest CD, The Gentleman is Back. Bassett’s guitar playing was described by the All Music guide as a unique combination of jump blues and delta stylings. He will be joined by Brothers Groove members Chris Codish on keyboards, James Simonson on base, Keith Kaminski on saxophone and Michael Gibbs on drums. BHM program.
Saturday, February 26
Lecture: Of Crayfish & Truffles: Life & Luxury in Paris, 1720-1770: 2 p.m.
In mid-18th century France, the decorative sculptural ornament on so many extravagantly luxurious serving vessels and tableware actually portrayed, quite naturalistically, the ingredients of the food contained within. This naturalism reflected the broader interests of the Enlightenment as well as the latest culinary developments. Charissa Bremer-David, curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, will survey some of these miniature sculptures, identify their component parts of vegetables, game and fish and compare these groupings to the ingredients of recipes in period cookbooks.
Family Sunday, February 27
Class: All Levels Potter’s Wheel: (Adults only): 1–4 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon with the potter's wheel including demonstrations and individual guidance designed for the absolute beginner and advanced student. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Class size limed to 12 students. Members $36, non-members $48. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. or call (313) 833-4249.
Family Performance: Paul Mesner Puppets Presents Anansi the Spider: 2 p.m.
Anansi the Spider is a live telling of four classic folk tales from Africa and the Caribbean performed by Paul Mesner Puppets. These humorous stories feature a trickster spider that sometimes gets tricked himself. In “How the Stories came to the World,” “Tiger Becomes a Riding Horse,” “The Magic of Five,” and “Dinner for Two” Anansi the Spider offers universal lessons of wit and cleverness. Traditional African and Caribbean stories were adapted by Paul Mesner. BHM Program.
Lecture: John Singer Sargent’s Daughters of Edward D. Boit: 2 p.m.
John Singer Sargent’s masterpiece the Daughters of Edward D. Boit has haunted visitors since it was first exhibited in Paris in 1882. Some early critics were baffled by it, while others praised its modernity. Novelist Henry James described it as the “happy play-world of a family of charming children,” but today’s audiences often find the scene a penetrating essay on the psychology of childhood. Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will give an illustrated lecture on the painting, the subject of her recent book, Sargent’s Daughters: The Biography of a Painting.
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members. For membership information call 313-833-7971.