Recently transplanted from Miami to Detroit’s east side, internationally acclaimed Hernan Bas makes paintings that explore the world of the dandy. Baroque, abstract, narrative, concise, and epic, his work address issues of identity and personifies the adolescent males that inhabit them. Bas will discuss his newest body of work, made in Detroit. Lecture Hall, 1st level. read more
Moonbeams for Motown, a mixed media installation tracing the rays of the sun, will illuminate the sky above the front lawn of the DIA for four nights in a row. Artist Michael Rodemer will use electroluminescent fibers and micro controllers to provide visual markers of the rays of the sun at night. The spectacle will pierce the night sky, extending from the roof of the museum to the ground, each night until 10 p.m.
Sunday from Noon – 3 p.m.
Join us for artist Michael Rodemer’s presentation as he talks about the artistic process behind Moonbeams for Motown, a mixed media installation tracing the rays of the sun. Visitors can then accompany Rodemer as he completes the installation on the DIA’s front lawn (weather permitting). Gibbs Gallery 1st level (Noon-1 p.m.) DIA South Lawn (1-3 p.m.) read more
(France/1953-directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot) Four desperate men, stranded without money or hope in a desolate town in Central America, are offered $2,000 each to drive trucks filled with nitroglycerine over 300 miles of decrepit mountain roads in order to put out a raging oil-well fire. In French with English subtitles. (147 min.) DFT Auditorium $. read more
The Joffrey Ballet: Mavericks of American Dance
Thursday at 7 p.m. / Saturday at 4 p.m.
(USA/2011-directed by Bob Hercules) Narrated by Mandy Patinkin, Mavericks of American Dance documents how the Joffrey revolutionized ballet, becoming the first uniquely American company by combining modern dance with traditional ballet set to contemporary scores. Showing the full history of the company from its founding in 1956 to the present, Mavericks of American Dance describes how the Joffrey resurrected itself after devastating setbacks and introduced cutting-edge choreographers, such as Leonide Massine and Twyla Tharp, to larger audiences. (94 min.) DFT Auditorium $ read more
The Salt of Life
Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. / Sunday at 5 p.m.
(Italy/2011-directed by Gianni Di Gregorio) In his warm and witty follow-up to the 2010 sleeper hit Mid-August Lunch, writer-director-actor Gianni Di Gregorio has created another sparkling comic ode to the ladies in his life. Watching his “codger” friends snare beautiful younger women on the sun-kissed cobblestones of Trastevere, Gianni tries his polite, utterly gracious best to generate some kind of extracurricular love life – with both hilarious and poignant results. In Italian with English subtitles. (90 min). read more
Celebrate Glass Month with us! The recently re-opened glass gallery will showcase two stunning new acquisitions: Still Life with Vines (2011) by Beth Lipman and Spirit Box (2009) by Preston Singletary. The Museum Shop is featuring studio glass by Robert Held, John Pomp, and Jeffrey P’an. Throughout April, enjoy 30% off featured selected pieces either online at diashop.org or in the shop (no admission required).
Commissioned by the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, plant (3d) is a three-dimensional investigation of the abandoned Packard auto plant in Detroit by digital artist Paul Kaiser. Plant is free with museum admission as part of the Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010 exhibition and Detroit Revealed on Film series. It will be repeated throughout the day until one hour prior to museum closing. Family Room, 2nd level (Running time: approx. 15 min.).read more
Once Upon a Time: Prints and Drawings that Tell Stories
Through May 13, 2012
Telling stories through prints and drawings is the subject of this exhibition consisting of works from the DIA’s collection. It includes selections from familiar series, portfolios, and books, as well as several examples that have rarely or never been on view at the museum. Schwartz Galleries of Prints and Drawings, 1st level.read more
Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010 Through April 29, 2012
Contemporary artists present photographs and video inspired by Detroit, its people, diverse culture, and industries in work created from 2000-2010. The exhibition includes more than 50 photographs by artists including Michelle Andonian, Carlos Diaz, and Scott Hocking. Albert and Peggy de Salle Gallery of Photography, 1st level.read more
Sistrums are sacred rattles carried by royal women during ceremonies in ancient Egypt. Learn more about this instrument and create a simple version. Webber Education Wing, 1st level. read more
Wire Sculpture Thursday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Use colorful wire and beads to create a one-of-a-kind sculpture. Webber Education Wing, 1st level. read more
Printmaking: Crayon Rubbings Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Use waxed crayons, paper, and found objects to create a rubbing. Webber Education Wing, 1st level. read more
Illuminated Manuscripts Friday from 6-9 p.m.
Illuminated manuscripts were primarily used in religious contexts. Learn more as you decorate and embellish your initials using gold foil, markers, and paper. Webber Education Wing, 1st level.read more
Drawing in the Galleries
Artist/instructors help participants create drawings to take home. read more
Youth and Adults
Friday, 6-9 p.m., British and Decorative Arts, 3rd level
Friday, 6-9 p.m., Islamic, 1st level
Youth and Adults
Sunday, Noon-4 p.m., Modern and Contemporary, 2nd level
Book Arts: Chinese Slat Books Saturday from Noon-4 p.m.
In ancient China, before the invention of paper, documents were written on bamboo or wooden slats. Make your own book based on this ancient technique. Webber Education Wing, 1st level. read more
Printmaking: Paper Marbling
Sunday from Noon-4 p.m.
Create beautiful marbled patterns on paper in a project inspired by books made during the Italian Renaissance. Webber Education Wing, 1st level. read more