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Lecture series brings Detroit Institute of Arts scholars to Lorenzo Cultural Center

– Monday, September 8, 2014 12:00AM

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) does a lot more than just exhibit beautiful things. The DIA staff keeps art history alive by researching and recording the stories behind the museum’s great works of art and the artists who created them. The DIA Lecture Series brings experts from the DIA to the Lorenzo Cultural Center to talk about the museum’s collections and how they fit into art history.

The three lectures scheduled for this fall are:

  • Motor City Muse: Photographers of Detroit Then and Now, Friday Sep. 12, 11 a.m.: Nancy Barr, curator of photography at the DIA, explores the photographic tradition in Detroit, including work by local and international photographers.
  • Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Prints and Drawings, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.: The paintings Edgar Degas, Pierre Renoir, Edouard Manet and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec are among the most recognizable and popular artworks. Those artists were also magnificent draftsmen and printmakers. Nancy Sojka, curator of prints and drawings, will present their work.
  • The Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection, Thursday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.: The Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection, among the most significant collections of historical puppets in the United States, includes examples from 1850 to 1950. Larry Baranski, curator, discusses highlights from the collection and McPharlin’s life.

All lectures are free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Register by phone by calling 585.445.7348 or online at www.LorenzoCulturalCenter.comAll events are held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield, in Clinton Township.


About the Lorenzo Cultural Center
The Lorenzo Cultural Center ( explores the influences and experiences that shape our community's heritage, examining topics from a variety of perspectives and creating interactive opportunities for learning, celebration and entertainment.  Located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus, Hall and Garfield roads in Clinton Township, the cultural center is adjacent to the Macomb Center for Performing Arts.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: James Melton, 586.445.7271,

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