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July 9



Thursday, July 9, 2:30 pm - 5 pm

Multipurpose Room
Price: $185. Must register in advance at annarborartcenter.org. Standard registration opens: May 12, 2015; AAC Members: May 8, 2015. Internet registration opens: May 12, 2015; AAC Members: May 8, 2015.

All levels of drawing experience are welcome in this 8-week class focusing on drawing from observation. Become well-acquainted with Modern abstract sculpture (Giacometti, Moore, Calder), bronze dancers by Rodin, African artifacts (nailed ritual objects, beaded hats, fertility figures), Thai Buddha and Indian Shiva figures while developing a sense of proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition and personal style. Techniques introduced include gestural drawing and tri-value drawing--working on a water-colored surface with white color pencil and graphite pencil. To the first class, please bring: HB, 2B, and 2H graphite pencils, an eraser and a sketchbook, around 11 x 14 inches.

categories: Artmaking

July 12

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 12, 1 pm - 2 pm
All Galleries
To register for this free program, email umma-program-registration@umich.edu or call 734.647.0522 for more information. Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

Meet Me at UMMA invites people with mild memory loss to enjoy a guided gallery experience along with family members or care partners. This program is designed for people who live at home and their companions.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing mild memory loss, research has shown that the visual and expressive arts can be good for your mind. In addition, great enjoyment is to be found in seeking out the sights, sounds, textures, and good feelings that come with looking at, learning, and sharing feelings about paintings, music, and other creative arts.

UMMA's trained docents will accompany small groups for a guided tour and provide the opportunity for everyone to experience different kinds of art and share their responses.

Upcoming "Meet Me" Sessions: Sunday, October 4, 2015

Meet Me at UMMA is generously supported by individual donors, and as part of the Museum’s Docent Program, it is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, July 12, 2 pm - 3 pm

Inspired by a story by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal, Czech photographer Hana Hamplová created a memorable body of work during the 1970s based on how important paper and the written word is to civilization—including how easily writings and, consequently knowledge, can be lost.  Join docents as they introduce this exhibition inspired by the Frank Gehry chair made of cardboard in UMMA’s Design Gallery, and of and the need to address how artists from different cultures (present day America and communist Czechoslovakia) view a commodity as common as paper.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, July 12, 3 pm - 3:45 pm

A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
The 3pm session is fully subscribed.  Please register to secure your place for the 4pm session by emailing umma-program-registration@umich.edu. Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

Celebrated for a visual language that brings together unexpected materials and radically unconventional techniques, New York painter Julian Schnabel has been a pioneering, and controversial, figure since his first solo exhibition in 1979. Join History of Art graduate student Rachel Chamberlain for an exploration of the UMMA exhibition Julian Schnabel featuring works from the mid-1970s to the present, including works from Schnabel’s renowned series, the Plate Paintings and Wax Paintings.

The exhibition Julian Schnabel was organized by the Brant Foundation Art Study Center.  Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by Joseph and Annette Allen, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, and Retirement Income Solutions.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, July 12, 4 pm - 4:45 pm

A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
The 3pm session is fully subscribed.  Please register to secure your place for the 4pm session by emailing umma-program-registration@umich.edu. Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

Celebrated for a visual language that brings together unexpected materials and radically unconventional techniques, New York painter Julian Schnabel has been a pioneering, and controversial, figure since his first solo exhibition in 1979. Join History of Art graduate student Rachel Chamberlain for an exploration of the UMMA exhibition Julian Schnabel featuring works from the mid-1970s to the present, including works from Schnabel’s renowned series, the Plate Paintings and Wax Paintings.

The exhibition Julian Schnabel was organized by the Brant Foundation Art Study Center.  Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by Joseph and Annette Allen, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, and Retirement Income Solutions.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Gallery Talks and Tours

July 19

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 19, 2 pm - 3 pm

Known for an iconoclastic pictorial language of eccentric materials and radically unconventional techniques, New York painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel (born 1951) has been a pioneering, and controversial figure in the art world. Featuring works from the mid-1970s to the present, including pieces from Schnabel’s most well-known series, the Plate Paintings and Wax Paintings, this exhibition explores the artist’s use of found materials, his experimentation with chance operations, and his idiosyncratic and inventive mark-making. Enjoy Schnabel’s unorthodox art with an UMMA docent tour. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

July 23



Thursday, July 23, 2:30 pm - 5 pm

Multipurpose Room
Price: $185. Must register in advance at annarborartcenter.org. Standard registration opens: May 12, 2015; AAC Members: May 8, 2015. Internet registration opens: May 12, 2015; AAC Members: May 8, 2015.

All levels of drawing experience are welcome in this 8-week class focusing on drawing from observation. Become well-acquainted with Modern abstract sculpture (Giacometti, Moore, Calder), bronze dancers by Rodin, African artifacts (nailed ritual objects, beaded hats, fertility figures), Thai Buddha and Indian Shiva figures while developing a sense of proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition and personal style. Techniques introduced include gestural drawing and tri-value drawing--working on a water-colored surface with white color pencil and graphite pencil. To the first class, please bring: HB, 2B, and 2H graphite pencils, an eraser and a sketchbook, around 11 x 14 inches.

categories: Artmaking

July 25



Saturday, July 25, 11 am - 1 pm

A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
Multipurpose Room
Free. Registration required by emailing umma-program-registration@umich.edu. Please be sure to specify if you are registering for the 11am session or the 2pm session and how many adults and children are in your group. Please also include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

Create your own art project inspired by the art works in the exhibition Julian Schnabel, created from the mid-1970s to the present, including Schnabel’s most well-known series, the Plate Paintings and Wax Paintings. Designed for families with children ages 6-12 to experience art together, UMMA docents will lead families on an exploration of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop lead by local artist Collin McRae Leix.

Collin McRae Leix is a classically trained painter and a violinist whose more recent work bridges art and music through animation, sound, and installation.  Collin received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan in 2012, and has undergraduate degrees in the History of Art and Architecture as well as French Literature.

The exhibition Julian Schnabel was organized by the Brant Foundation Art Study Center.  Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by Joseph and Annette Allen, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, and Retirement Income Solutions.

categories: Artmaking, Exhibitions Related Program, Family





Saturday, July 25, 2 pm - 4 pm

A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
Multipurpose Room
Free. Registration required by emailing umma-program-registration@umich.edu. Please be sure to specify if you are registering for the 11am session or the 2pm session and how many adults and children are in your group. Please also include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

Create your own art project inspired by the art works in the exhibition Julian Schnabel, created from the mid-1970s to the present, including Schnabel’s most well-known series, the Plate Paintings and Wax Paintings. Designed for families with children ages 6-12 to experience art together, UMMA docents will lead families on an exploration of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop lead by local artist Collin McRae Leix.

Collin McRae Leix is a classically trained painter and a violinist whose more recent work bridges art and music through animation, sound, and installation.  Collin received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan in 2012, and has undergraduate degrees in the History of Art and Architecture as well as French Literature.

The exhibition Julian Schnabel was organized by the Brant Foundation Art Study Center.  Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by Joseph and Annette Allen, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, and Retirement Income Solutions.

categories: Artmaking, Exhibitions Related Program, Family

July 26

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 26, 2 pm - 3 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





Sunday, July 26, 3 pm - 4 pm

The Jan and David Brandon Family Bridge
This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing umma-program-registration@umich.edu. Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

During World War I, the American Government used a powerful poster campaign to rally all troops and farmers, housewives and shipbuilders, “old-stock Americans,” and immigrants to the cause. Propaganda, commodity, and art came together in WWI posters. Antje K. Gamble, exhibition curator and 2013-2014 Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at UMMA, will introduce these rarely displayed WWI posters from UMMA’s collection and the ways in which posters spoke to both consumers and producers of coal in order to bolster the war effort. More broadly, we will discuss ways in which artists were called to action to mobilize diverse American citizens at home, in the trenches, and in the factories. We will also discuss how the poster designs reflected larger socio-economic problems present in the United States when the country entered the Great War.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Gallery Talks and Tours

July 30



Thursday, July 30, 2:30 pm - 5 pm

Multipurpose Room
Price: $185. Must register in advance at annarborartcenter.org. Standard registration opens: May 12, 2015; AAC Members: May 8, 2015. Internet registration opens: May 12, 2015; AAC Members: May 8, 2015.

All levels of drawing experience are welcome in this 8-week class focusing on drawing from observation. Become well-acquainted with Modern abstract sculpture (Giacometti, Moore, Calder), bronze dancers by Rodin, African artifacts (nailed ritual objects, beaded hats, fertility figures), Thai Buddha and Indian Shiva figures while developing a sense of proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition and personal style. Techniques introduced include gestural drawing and tri-value drawing--working on a water-colored surface with white color pencil and graphite pencil. To the first class, please bring: HB, 2B, and 2H graphite pencils, an eraser and a sketchbook, around 11 x 14 inches.

categories: Artmaking