GROSSE POINT – A new trio of programs presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts Speakers Bureau serves to enrich the appreciation of fine art and the amazing people who make art possible. The series is most appropriate as the War Memorial served as a branch of the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1949.
The Art Appreciation Series begins Oct. 11 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial with “Faberge, Designing Luxury.”
Future programs include “Seeing Red, The Use of Color” on Wednesday, Nov. 14; and “Women and Art, Female Trailblazers” on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
Each of the programs begins at 7 p.m. and lasts about one hour.
Sponsored by Chaundy Art Gallery and presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts Speakers Bureau, the three topics also raise awareness about the DIA’s world-class collection to the community through informative presentations on a variety of subjects. A punch reception follows the lecture in the historic Alger House, home of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
Cost of the series is $15 per lecture; $5 for students. To make a reservation, or for more information on this and the other programs at the War Memorial, please call (313) 881-7511 or visit www.warmemorial.org.
The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is located at 32 Lakeshore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms. There is lighted and free parking. Residents of all communities are welcome.
The Art Appreciation Series
Faberge, Designing Luxury – Thursday, Oct. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Based on the Faberge exhibition opening Oct. 14 at the DIA that features more than 200 precious objects, this lecture will highlight some of the most popular jewel-encrusted objects, including the exquisite one-of-a-kind imperial Easter eggs that have become synonymous with the name Faberge.
Seeing Red, The Use of Color – Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7-8:30 p.m. The program examines the various ways artists employ color to grab attention and to evoke emotion. When expertly applied, the spectrum can develop sensations of happiness, sadness, solemness and awe, among other responses.
Women and Art, Female Trailblazers – Thursday, Jan. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. The stories of Rachel Ruysch, Artemisia Gentileschi, Kiki Smith and Gilda Snowden are artists from various time frames from 15th century Italy to contemporary Detroit. Learn how these women defied gender specific roles and have risen above prejudice to create enduring artistic statements.
The Historic Venue
The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is an exceptional community resource. It serves an estimated 200,000 individuals with more than 2,000 functions annually that include dance, art, music, theater, health and personal enrichment and a multitude of children’s and youth programs.
The main building, constructed in 1910 on the shores of Lake St. Clair, is the former home of the Russell Alger family. It is designated as a state and national historic site and serves as a living memorial honoring Grosse Pointe residents who have served in the armed forces. As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the War Memorial receives no tax-dollar support and relies on voluntary contributions to carry out its mission.
For more information about the educational and cultural programs and resources for the community at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, please visit online at www.WarMemorial.org.