Black History Month at the DIA @ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit [from 1 to 28 February]

Black History Month at the DIA


4310
1 - 28
February
09:00 - 16:00

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Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48202
Celebrate Black History Month at the Detroit Institute of Arts with a variety of programs for visitors of all ages, including a day-long kick-off event featuring a reading by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, the DIA's Friends of African and African American Art's annual Alain Locke Awards presentation, films, music performances, art-making, artist demonstrations and more. While all events are free with museum admission and for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, registration is required for the Feb. 2 reading by Tracy K. Smith. Click the ticketing link or visit bit.ly/TracyKSmith_DIA to reserve your seat.

Black History Month programs are made possible by the generous support of Arn and Nancy Tellem. See a complete schedule of events below. #BlackHistoryDIA
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Public Tours: African American Art Collection Tuesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 and 6 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.
The DIA has an outstanding collection of works by African American artists that can be seen in galleries in the contemporary art area and in a gallery in the American wing devoted to artists working in the 19th century.

Self-Guided Tours
A brochure is available for visitors to take a self-guided tour of a selection of works by African American artists.
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Friday, Feb. 2
Black History Month Kick-Off: 17 Hours Celebrating Black Creativity 9 a.m.–2 a.m.
The DIA honors African American artistic creativity with activities focused on social movements in the African American community and Detroit.

Artist Demonstrations Noon–2 p.m., 3–5 p.m., 6–8 p.m., 9–11 p.m.
Demonstrations by artists who incorporate activism into their artwork

Detroit Artists Discussion 4–6 p.m.
Emerging, mid-career and veteran artists talk about the history and future of African American art in Detroit.

Collection Tours by Artists, Historians and Activists 2–3 p.m., 5–6 p.m., 11 p.m.–midnight

Talk and Reading: U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith 7 p.m.
Tracy Smith, named U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2017, is the author of three award-winning books of poetry, and her memoir, “Ordinary Light” (2015), was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction.

Friday Night Live!: Mahogany Jones 9 p.m.
Mahogany Jones is the four-time, undefeated champion of BET's “106 & Park” Freestyle Friday rap battle. She has shared stages with KEM, Les Nubians, The Roots, Moonchild, the late Gil Scott Heron, Lecrae and many others. Jones uses her latest release, «PURE,» to launch a PURE movement in conjunction with Get Jayne and What’s the Irony productions to wage her war against the mistreatment of women.

Drop-in Art-Making: Prints 9–11 p.m.
Use foam printing plates, water-based inks and a wooden stylus to create a print on paper.

Late Night Dance Party 11 p.m.–1:30 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 3
Puppet Performance: “Can You Spell Harlem?” 2 p.m.
Schroeder Cherry explores stories of the Harlem Renaissance with lively characters that draw on the art, music and stories of historical personalities, such as writer Zora Neale Hurston, musician Eubie Blake, artist Aaron Douglas and photographer James Van Der Zee.

Detroit Film Theatre: “Sammy Davis Jr.: “I’ve Gotta Be Me” 7:30 p.m.
Legendary singer, dancer and actor Sammy Davis Jr. broke racial barriers by defying society’s attitudes toward interracial romance, religion and politics. Through rare archival footage and interviews, longtime Spike Lee collaborator Sam Pollard has captured the brilliance, complexity and tension that comprised Sammy Davis Jr.’s life. Tickets: $9.50 general; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.

Sunday, Feb. 4
26th Annual Alain Locke Award: “Willie Cole: Transformer of Everyday Objects” 2 p.m.
Sculptor and graphic artist Willie Cole receives this year’s Alain Locke Award, given by the DIA’s Friends of African and African American Art to honor those dedicated to promoting the understanding of African American culture. Cole discusses his career and the process of transforming familiar objects into powerful works of art that evoke the African American experience and provide inspiration for West African religion, mythology and culture. Sponsored by Friends of African and African American Art.

Puppet Performance: “Can You Spell Harlem?” 2 p.m.
(see Feb. 3 for description)

Detroit Film Theatre: “Sammy Davis Jr.: “I’ve Gotta Be Me” 2 and 4 p.m.
(see Feb. 3 for description)

Friday, Feb. 9
Friday Night Live!: The Music of J Dilla 7 and 8:30 p.m.
[These Friday Night Live performances have been CANCELLED due to inclement weather.]
Detroiter and 2017 Kresge Eminent Artist Wendell Harrison and musicians from his Rebirth organization will perform composer/conductor Miguel Atwood Ferguson's arrangements of J Dilla's music.

This program is in collaboration with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which hosts its 7th Annual Dilla Youth Day on Feb. 11. At that event, The Wright Museum will hold a raffle of an Akai Mpc 3000 sampler/midi sequencer—the same model that J Dilla used to create his sound. The free raffle tickets will be available in the DIA’s «D-Cyphered» exhibition Feb. 9 and 10 and you must be present at The Wright Museum Feb. 11 to win.

Saturday, Feb. 10
Family Performance: Cecelia Sharpe & Urban Stringz II Youth Ensemble perform Music of J Dilla 2 p.m.
Cellist Cecelia Sharpe regularly performs with local artists such as Jessica Care Moore, Monica Blaire, Invincible, Stacey “Hotwax” Hale and Nick Speed. She recently headlined Dally in the Alley with Invincible and opened for Erykah Badu at the Masonic Temple. Sharpe performs with Urban Stringz II Youth Ensemble, playing the music of the late, legendary Detroit hip-hop artist J Dilla.

This program is in collaboration with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which hosts its 7th Annual Dilla Youth Day on Feb. 11. At that event, The Wright Museum will hold a raffle of an Akai Mpc 3000 sampler/midi sequencer—the same model that J Dilla used to create his sound. The free raffle tickets will be available in the DIA’s «D-Cyphered» exhibition Feb. 9 and 10 and you must be present at The Wright Museum Feb. 11 to win.

Friday, Feb. 16
Friday Night Live!: Marion Hayden and the Middle Passage Exiles: Remembering the 1967 Detroit Rebellion 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Bassist Marion Hayden and the Middle Passage Exiles Band present “Protest: Jazz and the Roots of Hip Hop” in commemoration of the Detroit 1967 Rebellion. The ensemble captures the spirit of protest through jazz, hip-hop, poetry and dance.

Saturday–Sunday, Feb. 17–18
Artist Demonstration: The Happy Heart Noon–4 p.m.
Detroit multimedia artist Donald Calloway displays his work and helps visitors create art with a heart motif using found objects. 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.
Charenée Wade is an award-winning vocalist and educator making waves in jazz, soul and R&B. Wade is the first woman to devote an album to the work of American poet Gil Scott-Heron. She is joined by Oscar Perez (piano), Paul Beaudry (bass) and Timothy Angulo (drums).
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