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November 20



Thursday, November 20, 7 pm - 8 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

When people talk about the “sixth sense,” they are often referring to communicating with the dead, predicting the future, or simply having strong intuitive abilities. The sixth sense is a collective term for all things that are unexplainable empirically, referring to that which exists beyond the senses. In addition to being rational and behavioral, humans are sensual, emotional, and spiritual beings. It is part of what makes us human. Therefore, why shouldn’t we expect that many museum visitors will have deeply felt experiences with museum objects and exhibits? Is there a sixth sense in the museum context?

This presentation will take us beyond the traditional five senses and center on the notion of the numinous experience in the museum — the deeply affective, transcendental, almost spiritual encounter one may have in the presence of a museum object. The numinous, introduced into the literature on religion in 1917 by Rudolf Otto contains a “moment” that is almost inexpressible in normal terms and concepts. It is a state of mind, or a state of consciousness, and is in the same category as one’s reaction to “the beautiful.”  Recent work seeks to further understand the essence of the numinous experience with museum objects and to help museum professionals and scholars form a deeper understanding of one kind of experience that goes beyond the senses.

Dr. Kiersten Latham is an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. She earned her PhD in Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, where she explored the intersections between meaning, museum objects and people. Her books include The Objects of Experience: Transforming Visitor-Object Encounters in Museums (2013), and Foundations of Museum Studies: Evolving Systems of Knowledge (2014). In addition, she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles that focus on the role of the object in the museum experience. In addition to her work as a scholar, Dr. Latham serves as the Director and Curator of the MuseLab at Kent State University, whose inception was made possible by the Reinberger Foundation Grant for Museology, which she was awarded in 2011. Her work as a curator has involved teaching and student coordination in a variety of exhibitions whose topics range from religion, astronomical sciences, and natural history. In 2014 Dr. Latham received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for a project that focused on public history and digital humanities for work with the Ohio Historical Society.

For more information visit: http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/content/beyond-senses-magical-mystical-and-numinous-museums

categories: Special Events

November 21

Mark Webster Reading Series
Student Programs

Friday, November 21, 7 pm - 8 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. We encourage you to bring your friends - a Webster reading makes for an enjoyable and enlightening Friday evening.

categories: UM Student Programs, Writers Series

November 22

Reductive Minimalism: Women Artists in Dialogue, 1960—2014

Saturday, November 22, 7 pm - 9 pm

A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
Museum Apse

UMMA’s exhibition of women Minimalist painters celebrates the exchange of ideas between two generations of artists. Newly appointed U-M Jazz piano professor Benny Green makes his UMMA debut with an exploration of his musical lineage. This performance will be a dialogue with the past, the present, and the future of Jazz.

Lead support for the exhibition Reductive Minimalism: Women Artists in Dialogue, 1960-2014 is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, and the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund. Additional generous support is provided by the Susan and Richard Gutow Fund, Elaine Pitt, the University of Michigan CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and Department of the History of Art, the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

The SMTD@UMMA performance series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts

November 23

Guided Tour

Sunday, November 23, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique.


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, November 23, 2 pm - 3 pm

Fred Tomaselli’s works rearrange realities, commingling elements of reality and surreality. His work draws on a wide range of sources. This exhibition will be comprised primarily of Tomaselli’s New York Times collages begun in 2005, which alter the front pages of that daily newspaper. His manipulation of the cover page image through his application of collage, gouache, and watercolor, sets up a striking contrast between the somber detachment of journalistic language that surrounds them. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes sinister, and often both.


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

November 30

Guided Tour

Sunday, November 30, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique.


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, November 30, 2 pm - 3 pm

Drawn from the extensive holdings of the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan (U-M), this exhibition illustrates the rich history of the city of Detroit through maps, letters, prints, and photographs. From its beginnings as a French outpost to its emergence as a manufacturing powerhouse, the exhibition will focus on the city's growth,  its people, and its legacy. In addition to the riches in this exhibition, docents will explore connections to Detroit found in the permanent collections.


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours