Women's History Month at the DIA @ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit [from 2 to 25 March]

Women's History Month at the DIA


2295
2 - 25
March
19:00 - 17:00

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Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48202
In honor of Women's History Month, the Detroit Institute of Arts offers a variety of events that celebrate the creative contributions of women. Enjoy films, music, an artist demonstration and more. Throughout March, the DIA's guided tours will focus on works by women artists in the museum's collection. Admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. See a complete list of events below.
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General Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 and 6 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries focusing on women artists in the collection.

General and Family Guided Tours: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 and 3 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries focusing on women artists in the collection.

Friday, March 2
Friday Night Live: Iris DeMent, 7 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent’s recordings have earned her multiple Grammy Award nominations, critical acclaim and the respect and admiration of fans around the world. DeMent performs music from her impressive catalogue, including from her 2015 recording «The Trackless Woods,» which is inspired by the work of Russian author Anna Akhmatova.

Friday, March 9
Detroit Film Theatre: «Miss Kiet's Children,» 7 p.m.
In the Dutch countryside, a group of refugee children, mostly from Syria, are students in Miss Kiet’s classroom. Smart and compassionate, Miss Kiet is keenly aware of the problems her students have lived through. She teaches them to speak Dutch—to talk the talk—but also to walk the walk. By the end of this luminous new documentary, an affectionate community has grown—the fruit of a teacher's patience and dedication. A film of many touching moments, some of them hilarious, «Miss Kiet’s Children» eloquently chronicles changes that are small yet at the same time immense. Best Documentary Feature, 2017 Dutch Academy Awards. In Dutch and Arabic with English subtitles. Learn more and purchase tickets at dia.org/dft.

Friday Night Live: Sonya Belaya and Friends, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Sonya Belaya is a Russian-American musician based in metro Detroit, performing contemporary, improvised and classical music. The program curated for this event celebrates women pianist-composers, featuring Monica Pearceʼs «Damask» for toy piano and tabla, Phyllis Chenʼs haunting «Columba» for piano and shadow box, and Kelly Moranʼs acclaimed prepared piano suite «Bloodroot» (New York Times Best Classical Recordings 2017).

The performance of «Bloodroot» is a featured collaboration with Detroit-based dancers Lisa LaMarre and Rachael Ahn Harbert. The program also includes improvisational work «People In The Home» by Detroit-based pianist-composer Michael Malis, Pascal LeBouefʼs energetic piano trio «Obliquely Wrecked,» and Christopher Cerroneʼs emotional narrative «Double Happiness.»

Saturday, March 10
Detroit Film Theatre: «Miss Kiet's Children,» 7 and 9:30 p.m.
See March 9 for more details.

Sunday, March 11
Detroit Film Theatre: «Miss Kiet's Children,» 2 and 4:30 p.m.
See March 9 for more details.

Friday, March 16
Detroit Film Theatre: «In Between» («Bar Bahar»), 7 p.m.
Lalia, Salma, and Nur share an apartment in the heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a lawyer with a wicked wit, burns off her stress in the underground club scene. Salma is a DJ and bartender. Nur (Shaden Kanboura) is a younger, religious Muslim girl who studies at the university. Nur is intrigued and intimidated by her sophisticated roommates, but when her conservative fiancé visits, his reaction leaves all three women shaken. In her remarkable debut, director Maysaloun Hamoud brings three Palestinian-Israeli women to vibrant life as they attempt the daunting balance of tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. Learn more and purchase tickets at dia.org/dft.

Saturday, March 17
Detroit Film Theatre: «In Between» («Bar Bahar»), 7 and 9:30 p.m.
See March 16 for details.

Sunday, March 18
Detroit Film Theatre: «In Between» («Bar Bahar»), 2 and 4:30 p.m.
See March 16 for details.

Saturday, March 24
Lyrical Art: A Songwriting Workshop with Audra Kubat, noon
Join award-winning singer-songwriter Audra Kubat for an afternoon songwriting session that also actively engages with the DIA's collection in a new and exciting way. Participants will collaborate to write a song inspired by women artists in the museum's collection. Kubat will guide the group through a creative discussion developing observations into lyrics, which are then ultimately paired with a melody she contributes. Gradually this would be directed into a cohesive, reflective lyrical piece of music which will be featured in Kubat's public performance in Kresge Court. Great for ages eight and up. Workshop is free but registration is required. Space is limited. Register at dia.org.

Music Performance: Audra Kubat, 2 p.m.
Enjoy an intimate performance with Detroit's own award-winning singer-songwriter Audra Kubat. A composer, performer and educator, Kubat’s work has earned her a place in the community as a resource for empowerment through songwriting and music. This performance features a new collaboratively composed piece based on an artwork within the DIA's collection, developed with museum patrons in her songwriting workshop Lyrical Art earlier in the day, as well as many of her critically acclaimed originals. Perfect for families of all ages who love music.

Voices of Light with Rackham Choir, 8 p.m.
In a rare, special event, the Rackham Choir will perform composer Richard Einhorn’s «Voices of Light,» a powerful oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra, accompanying a screening of Carl Th. Dreyer’s majestic silent film «The Passion of Joan of Arc.» Born in 1412, Joan of Arc led a French army against English occupation and was eventually martyred and canonized a saint. She claimed to be guided by divine voices—a core element in Einhorn’s piece. The score is built around texts by women writers of the Middle Ages, and brings to it both his research in medieval chant and his appreciation of compositional minimalism. The libretto is a montage of Latin and ancient French writings, and is presented with English subtitles. Learn more and purchase tickets at dia.org/dft.

Sunday, March 25
Lyrical Art: A Songwriting Workshop with Audra Kubat, noon
See March 24 for details.

Music Performance: Audra Kubat, 2 p.m.
See March 24 for details.

Voices of Light with Rackham Choir, 3 p.m.
See March 24 for details.
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