Detroit Institute of Art, This Week @ the DIA, July 22-27, 2014

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Beginning Friday, July 25th the DIA and the Detroit Puppetry Guild will host the Puppeteers of America Great Lakes Regional Festival. This three-day event will present exciting new works by puppetry artists working in a wide variety of genres. All shows are free with museum admission.

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Sarah Frechette presents The Snowflake Man

Friday at 3:30 p.m.
The story of W.A. Bentley, the pioneer of snowflake photography. All ages. Rivera Court, 2nd level.

Manual Cinema presents Lula Del Rey
Friday at 7:30 p.m. 

Lula del Ray is performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music. Ages 12+. Lecture Hall, 1st level

The Frisch Marionettes present The Jungle Book
Saturday at 10:30 a.m. 

Stolen from his mother at birth and raised in the jungle by wolves, our main character Mowgli must face his destiny as a man where ShereKhan threatens him and the peace in the jungle. Ages 3-7. Lecture Hall, 1st level.

The Melchior Marionettes
Saturday at 12:15 p.m. 

The Melchior Marionettes will perform a cabaret style variety show using three generations of marionette creations. Each half-life sized marionette will be performed by second, third and fourth generations of The Melchior Marionettes. All ages. Rivera Court, 2nd level

SeaBeast Puppetry presents Beware the Werecow!
Saturday at 1:15 p.m. 

Join Sea Beast Puppet Company for an hour of scary stories, creepy comedy and terrifying twists. A young girl goes on a journey of self-discovery set in motion by 3 dead men, a foolish hunter meets with retaliation in the dead of night, and a bar is turned upside down by the discovery of a mythical creature. Ages 5+. Lecture Hall, 1st level

Dick Myer’s Beauty and the Beast
Sunday at 11 a.m. 

In 1969, puppeteer Dick Myers premiered this production, with his one-of-a-kind puppets, on the stage of the DIA. In 2014 this production will again return to the DIA after a 40 year hiatus, painstakingly revived using the original objects Myers crafted decades ago. Ages 8+. Wendell W. Anderson Auditorium, College for Creative Studies, 201 East Kirby Street.

Cynthia Von Orthal Puppets presents The Yellow Wallpaper and The Crane Maiden
Sunday at Noon

Join us for VonOrthal Puppets’ interpretation of these classic short stories exploring the relationship between society and nature. Ages 6+. Lecture Hall, 1st level


Friday Night Live: J.P. Jofre Quintet

Friday at 7 & 8:30 p.m.
J.P. Jofre, an Argentinian composer and bandoneon player, performs with Ron Wasserman (bass), Eric Silberger (violin), Amy Kang (cello) and Daniela Candillari (piano). Rivera Court, 1st level

Sunday Music Bar: Mick Dobday
Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

Pianist Mick Dobday performs classical and jazz standards. Kresge Court, 1st level.

in the galleries

Detroit – Bruce Weber
Through Sunday, September 7, 2014

In June of 2006, preeminent photographer Bruce Weber traveled to Detroit for the first time while on assignment for W, a monthly fashion magazine. While many photographers at that time were recording the vulnerability of Detroit, Weber was completely taken with the vitality of the city and its citizens. He returned to the Motor City again last year, to partner with the Detroit-based company Shinola. This exhibition is a result of those two assignments, presented together with portraits of prominent friends and colleagues who have strong ties to the city. Presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts with the generous support of Condé Nast. Special Exhibition Central Galleries, 2nd level.

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drop-in workshops

Collage Portraits
Tuesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Create your own portrait with collage. Webber Education Wing, 1st level.

Refrigerator Magnets
Wednesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Have fun designing and making refrigerator magnets to add to your collection.

Webber Education Wing, 1st level.

Folk Art Toys: Spinners
Thursday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Have fun making a toy from simple materials. Webber Education Wing, 1st level

Islamic Decoupage
Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

In Islamic culture, the word decoupage refers to works of art that are finely cut from paper or leather. Make a fun version of your own. Webber Education Wing, 1st level.

Model Magic Pencil Puppets
Friday from 6-9 p.m. 
Have fun creating your own puppet characters from modeling material. Webber Education Wing, 1st level

Drawing in the Galleries
Artist/instructors help participants create drawings to take home. read more  

Friday, 6-9 p.m., Medieval and Renaissance, 2nd level

Youth & Adults
Friday, 6-9 p.m., African, 1st level


Youth and Adults

Sunday, Noon-4 p.m., Modern and Contemporary, 2nd level

Glove Finger Puppets
Saturday from Noon-4 p.m. 

Take a single finger from a glove, decorate it with a variety of art-making materials, and bring it to life. Webber Education Wing, 1st level 

Felt Snake and Spider Marionettes
Sunday from Noon-4 p.m. 

Use felt, ribbon and a tongue depressor to create a whimsical spider or snake marionette. Webber Education Wing, 1st level


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Drop-In Workshop: Collage Portraits
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Guided Tour
1 p.m.


Drop-In Workshop: Refrigerator Magnets
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Guided Tour
1 p.m.


Drop-In Workshop: Spinners
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Guided Tour
1 p.m.


Drop-In Workshop: Islamic Decoupage
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Guided Tour
1 p.m.

Puppet Performance: The Snowflake Man
3:30 p.m. 

Drop-in Workshop: Model Magic Pencil Puppets
6-9 p.m. 

Drawing in the Galleries
6-9 p.m. 

Music: J.P. Jofre Quintet
7 & 8:30 p.m.

Puppet Performance: Lula Del Rey
7:30 p.m. 


Puppet Performance: The Jungle Book
10:30 a.m.

Drop-In Workshop: Glove Finger Puppets
Noon-4 p.m.

Puppet Performance: The Melchior Marionettes
12:15 p.m.

Guided Tour
1 & 3 p.m.

Puppet Performance: Beware the Werecow!
1:15 p.m.

ford Sunday

Puppet Performance: Beauty and the Beast
11 a.m.  

Drawing in the Galleries
Noon-4 p.m. 

Drop-In Workshop: Felt Snake and Spider Marionettes
Noon-4 p.m.

Puppet Performance: The Yellow Wallpaper & The Crane Maiden

Guided Tour
1 & 3 p.m.

Music: Mick Dobday
1-4 p.m.

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Detroit Institute of Arts 
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202

Museum admission is free for all residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

$8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children
Museum admission is free to members.
Contact the Membership Helpline at 313.833.7971 or [email protected]

Museum Hours
Tuesday-Thursday: 9 a.m – 4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m – 10 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m – 5 p.m.

Ford Sundays
Thanks to the Ford Motor Company Fund, the DIA offers special programs for visitors every Sunday. Special exhibitions and select programming may carry an additional charge

Box Office 313.833.4005
CaféDIA 313.833.7966
Museum Shop 313.833.7944


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