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September 25

Guided Tour

Sunday, September 25, 1–2 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

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, September 25, 2–3 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

The Connoisseurs’ Legacy: The Collection of Nesta and Walter Spink celebrates gifts to the museum from two accomplished scholars with eclectic interests, a keen appreciation of form, and a love of learning from objects. Nesta Spink, curator at UMMA from 1967 to 1979, is regarded as the preeminent authority on the lithographs of J a.m.es McNeill Whistler. U-M professor emeritus Walter Spink is a world-renowned specialist on early Buddhist art and architecture in India. UMMA docents will discuss the exquisite Whistler prints, a rich representation of South Asian folk art, and other highlights from their gifts.


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

September 29



Thursday, September 29, 5:10–6:10 p.m.

Michigan Theater
Historic Theater
603 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve.

A composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, author, and visual artist, Mark Mothersbaugh is best known as co-founder, lead singer, and keyboardist of the popular band DEVO. He has also written musical scores for video games, television series (including Rugrats,Beakman's WorldSanto BugitoPee-Wee's Playhouse, and Regular Show), and films (including Wes Anderson's Bottle RocketRushmoreThe Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou).

Mothersbaugh's visual art practice preceded his musical career, and he continues to add to a prolific body of work that includes prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, rugs, musical instruments, videos, and performances. From his popular music to his personal artwork, Mothersbaugh's unique artistic view constantly foregrounds the relationship between technology and individuality. His life and work are the subject of a major book and traveling museum retrospective, Myopia, tracing his path from his DEVO days to the present. Mothersbaugh will be in conversation with Adam Lerner, director and chief animator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, author of the book Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia and curator of the exhibition.


This program is co-sponsored by UMMA.

categories: Artists and Curators, UM Student Programs