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Lecture series brings Detroit Institute of Arts curators to Lorenzo Cultural Center for talks about American art and film

– Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00AM

The curators of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) have a passion for art. They work hard to discover and document the stories behind great works and the artists – painters, sculptors, screen writers, directors and more – who create them. This year’s DIA Lecture Series at the Lorenzo Cultural Center features three DIA curators who will talk about American art and how the American films of a generation ago reflected and influenced social trends.

The three lectures scheduled for this fall are:

  • 30 Americans, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.: Valerie Mercer, curator of African-American art, discusses the upcoming special exhibit “30 Americans,” which opens Oct. 18. The exhibit will showcase 50 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and video works created by many of the most important African-American artists working over the past 30 years.  

  • American Art, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.: Ken Myers, curator of American art, will discuss the DIA’s American art collection. More details will be announced soon.

  • Revolution at Home and on Screen: American Films of the 1960s, Wednesday, Nov. 4 , 11 a.m.:  Film Curator Elliot Wilhelm discusses the depiction of America’s social upheavals in the movies of 1960s and 1970s, looking at the ways in which American movie-going habits during the Vietnam War years revealed a profound generational rift among audiences.

All lectures are free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Register by phone by calling 585.445.7348 or online at   All 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