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February 10



Wednesday, February 10, 6–9:30 p.m.

Forum
Helmut Stern Auditorium

ENGAGE AND BE HEARD.
SHARE YOUR WORK.
CONNECT WITH OTHERS.


A gathering of students to bring different groups together on campus who are interested in leadership, diversity, and the arts. The program will include dynamic, short presentations and opportunities for networking, discussion, and building an audience with other students on campus, as well as connecting with potential partners and collaborators.

Hosted by the UMMA Student Engagement Council, which serves as a direct link between U-M students and the Art Museum. It is dedicated to helping support UMMA's mission of commitment to students and engagement with the arts.

Presenters include:
Helicon
is the University of Michigan history of art undergraduate student organization dedicated to supporting the artistic culture at the University of Michigan.

Hip Hop Congress promote hip hop culture on campus and in the community through events including panels, speeches, concerts, and various other creative methods to showcase hip hop history and culture, as well as the social and political issues hip hop addresses.

The Intergroup Relations Council of the Michigan Community Scholars Program works to promote diversity and intercultural understanding throughout our community and the University of Michigan campus.

Michigan in Color is a section of the Michigan Daily that focuses on highlighting and prioritizing a space for the experiences of people of color at the University of Michigan.

Middle East and Arab Network (MEdAN) seeks to combat misconceptions by educating the public, and to foster and sustain a sense of community and solidarity among Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African students, as well as between the different communities throughout the university.

Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)’s mission is “To promote student development and empower the campus community around issues of diversity and social justice through the lens of race and ethnicity.” They provide support to all students through programming and strive to meet the multicultural needs of students.

The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program that blends theory and experiential learning to facilitate students' learning about social group identity, social inequality, and intergroup relations.

SHEI Magazine is the University of Michigan's premiere fashion, art, and culture magazine and an organization that offers students hands-on experience in all matters editorial and business.

Spectrum Center envisions an inclusive campus community free of discrimination in all forms where social justice inspires community engagement and equity. With sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as a framework, the Spectrum Center is committed to enriching the campus experience and developing students as individuals and as members of communities.

WCBN (88.3 FM) is the University of Michigan student-run community freeform radio station in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With an emphasis on alternative broadcasting and exposing their listenership to things they can't hear on other radio stations.

Special alumnae guests:
Ash Arder is an artist and researcher currently based in Detroit. She creates installations and sculptural objects using a combination of found and self-made materials. She also works as Cultural Strategist + Producer for Creative Many Michigan, an nonprofit focused on developing creative people, creative places and creative economies for a competitive Michigan.

Alma Davila-Toro currently works as Event Manager & Director of Championships for the U of M Athletic Department. She is also Co-Founder & Faculty Advisor of FOKUS (Fighting Obstacles Knowing Ultimate Success).


FREE! ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND!! THERE WILL BE FOOD!!!

Click here to RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.


Co-sponsored by Arts @ Michigan

categories: UM Student Programs

February 11



Thursday, February 11, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Helmut Stern Auditorium

NoViolet Bulawayo won the 2014 PEN-Hemingway Award, the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, and the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014. We Need New Names was a finalist for numerous other awards, including the Man Booker Prize. NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. NoViolet grew up in Zimbabwe.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from U-M alumna Helen Zell (’64). For more information, please see
lsa.umich.edu/writers/readingsevents/zellvisitingwritersseries
 






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February 12

Soviet Constructivist Posters: Branding the New Order

Friday, February 12, 4:30–7:40 p.m.

Helmut Stern Auditorium
Free and open to the public.  Seating is first come, first serve.  

In partnership with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the University of Michigan Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, UMMA presents a panel discussion about the exhibition Soviet Constructivist Posters: Branding the New Order. This show features a selection of posters for some of early cinema’s most inventive films made during the vibrant and experimental moment of the Soviet Union’s first decade in the 1920's. A screening of The Man with the Movie Camera, consistently ranked as one of the 10 most important documentaries of all times, will follow the panel.

The panelists are Lehti Keelmann, curator of the exhibition and Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art, Herb Eagle, Associate Professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Screen Arts and Cultures, CREES, and the Residential College, and Jindrich Toman, Professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, and CREES. Participants will provide some introductory remarks followed by a discussion session that includes audience questions. The Man with the Movie Camera, the final and most constructivist of films in the series, begins at 6:30 pm.

During the intermission between panel and film screening, audiences are encouraged to visit the exhibition during UMMA's Fridays After 5 program in which all galleries and the UMMA Store are open until 8 pm

The Man with the Movie Camera (1926, 68 minutes) portrays a day in the life of a Soviet city, serving as a counterpart to the ‘western’ film about 24 hours in Berlin, Symphony of a City (also featured in the exhibition). The film is directed by another Soviet cinematic great, Dziga Vertov (from Poland), whose spontaneous, experimental style is often contrasted to that of Eisenstein. The Man with the Movie Camera illustrates the relationship between mechanical (camera) and human lenses, revealing the artifice of filmmaking itself – the mechanics and labor involved. The film connects to the constructivist ideas about intellectual production and the artist as engineer. It exemplifies the environment at the time where artists were free to experiment with their craft, while producing art that reflected the values of the New Order.

Produced by VUFKU, the Ukrainian State Film Studios, filming took place over the course of four years in Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa. A man, the filmmaker, travels and documents life in a manner that is meant to produce an anti-narrative, for which Vertov was both hailed and criticized. For Vertov, it was important to visualize that “film could go anywhere,” whether into a woman’s private bedroom or the bustling streets. He sought to create a new visual language for cinema, devoid of unnecessary texts, and pioneered the concept of the Kino-Eye, which champions the agency of film as a transformative medium for human evolution. The human eye can only go so far, but the camera lens can go anywhere, and thus film does not only record, but also transforms.

Series Schedule:
All programs take place in the Helmut Stern Auditorium.
 
Saturday, February 6:
4:30 pm – October/Ten Days that Shook the World, Sergei Eisenstein, 1928 (103 minutes)
6:30 pm – Zvenigora, Aleksandr Dov×enko, Georgi Astafyev, and Vja?eslav Ov?innikov, 1927 (67 minutes)
 
Sunday, February 7:
4:30 pm- The Love Triangle/Bed and Sofa, Abram Room, 1927 (87 minutes)
6:15 pm- The Eleventh, Dziga Vertov, 1928 (52 minutes)
 
Friday, February 12:
4:30 pm – Branding the New Order: Soviet Constructivism, a panel discussion with exhibition curator Lehti Keelmann and U-M faculty.
6:30 – The Man with the Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov, 1926 (68 minutes)


Lead support for the exhibition Soviet Constructivist Posters: Branding the New Order and related programs is provided by the University of Michigan Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Lead support for the exhibition Soviet Constructivist Posters: Branding the New Order is provided by the University of Michigan Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.


categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Film



Special Event

Friday, February 12, 5–8 p.m.

All Galleries

Stop in to UMMA to enjoy special exhibitions, music, and engaging activities at Fridays After 5! With all of UMMA's galleries remaining open until 8pm, this exciting series provides an interactive atmosphere for all audiences. While you're here, browse the UMMA Store for a wide variety of specialty items. The Museum is always free.

Also, be sure to save the date for our upcoming Fridays After 5:

April 8, 2016
May 13, 2016
June 10, 2016
July 22, 2016

UMMA Fridays After 5 are generously supported by Comerica Bank and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The media sponsor for Fridays After 5 is Michigan Radio.


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categories: Special Events

February 14

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 14, 1–2 p.m.

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, February 14, 2–3 p.m.

During the 1920s the Soviet Union emerged on the world stage. The first decade was full of hope for a new social order.  A group of young artists known as Constructivists, spearheaded in part by Vladimir and Georgy Stenberg, championed an art that promoted the egalitarian ideals of the New Order and contributed to the growth of the Soviet Union. They advocated for a utilitarian art that spoke to the masses and their revolutionary aesthetic can still be seen in advertisements and other materials made for the public eye today. Among their most provocative and visionary works were posters advertising Soviet films. UMMA docents will introduce this exhibition that features posters by the Stenbergs and others for some of early cinema’s most inventive films.


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

February 18



Thursday, February 18, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Helmut Stern Auditorium
Free and open to the public.  Seating is first come, first serve.  

Angela Flournoy is the author of The Turner House, which is a finalist for the National Book Award and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. The novel was a Summer 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a New York Times Sunday Book Review Editors' Choice. She is a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The New Republic and The Los Angeles Times. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and The Writer's Foundry at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from U-M alumna Helen Zell (’64). For more information, please see
lsa.umich.edu/writers/readingsevents/zellvisitingwritersseries
 






categories: Writers Series

February 19

Mark Webster Reading Series

Friday, February 19, 7–8 p.m.

Helmut Stern Auditorium
Free and open to the public.  Seating is first come, first serve. 

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

February 21

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 21, 1–2 p.m.

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, February 21, 2–3 p.m.

During the 1920s the Soviet Union emerged on the world stage. The first decade was full of hope for a new social order.  A group of young artists known as Constructivists, spearheaded in part by Vladimir and Georgy Stenberg, championed an art that promoted the egalitarian ideals of the New Order and contributed to the growth of the Soviet Union. They advocated for a utilitarian art that spoke to the masses and their revolutionary aesthetic can still be seen in advertisements and other materials made for the public eye today. Among their most provocative and visionary works were posters advertising Soviet films. UMMA docents will introduce this exhibition that features posters by the Stenbergs and others for some of early cinema’s most inventive films.


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

February 25



Thursday, February 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Helmut Stern Auditorium
Free and open to the public.  Seating is first come, first serve. 

Shadreck Chikoti is a Malawian writer and social activist. Chikoti writes in both English and Chichewa. His published works include Free Africa Flee! and Mwana wa Kamuzu. Chikoti is also the Director of Pan African Publishers and founder of The Story Club, which gathers writers, critics, and others to share and discuss literature by Malawian writers.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from U-M alumna Helen Zell (’64). For more information, please see
lsa.umich.edu/writers/readingsevents/zellvisitingwritersseries
 






categories: Writers Series

February 27



Saturday, February 27, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Free. Registration is required: email umma-program-registration@umich.edu. Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email. Indicate if you would like to register for the 11am session or the 2pm session and how many adults and children are in your group.

Create your own decorative stencils inspired by the traditional temple art in the South and Southeast Asian Art Gallery. Designed for families with children ages 6-12 to experience art together. Local artist and UMMA docent Susan Clinthorne will lead families on an exploration of the gallery followed by a hands-on workshop.

Family Art Studio is generously supported by the University of Michigan Credit Union, UMMA's Lead Sponsor for Student and Family Engagement.

categories: Artmaking, Family





Saturday, February 27, 2–4 p.m.

Multipurpose Room
Free. Registration is required: email umma-program-registration@umich.edu. Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email. Indicate if you would like to register for the 11am session or the 2pm session and how many adults and children are in your group.

Create your own decorative stencils inspired by the traditional temple art in the South and Southeast Asian Art Gallery. Designed for families with children ages 6-12 to experience art together. Local artist and UMMA docent Susan Clinthorne will lead families on an exploration of the gallery followed by a hands-on workshop.

Family Art Studio is generously supported by the University of Michigan Credit Union, UMMA's Lead Sponsor for Student and Family Engagement.

categories: Artmaking, Family

February 28

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 28, 1–2 p.m.

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, February 28, 2–3 p.m.

The announcement of the invention of photography in 1839 by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in Paris, and William Henry Fox Talbot in London, generated interest in the possibilities of this new technology as well as discussion of its merits, potential, and applications.  The first half-century of British photography charts the journey of a new medium with distinct expressive and artistic potentials.  Photography served as an aid to science and exploration but also captured aspects of British society in ways that are poetic and artistic.  Some photographers demonstrated an interest in social reform while others revealed sentimental notions of the island's remote past.  By the end of the century. advances in camera speeds and printing techniques facilitated landscape photography and other picturesque scenes.  UMMA docents will introduce the trajectory of Victorian photography on display in this exhibition.  


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours