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April 2



Thursday, April 2, 5:10 pm - 7 pm

Michigan Theater
Historic Theater
603 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Through a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation, Kent Monkman explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience—the complexities of historic and contemporary Native American experience. His alter-ego Miss Chief appears in his work as an agent provocateur and trickster who upends received notions of history and indigenous people.

Monkman was recently a featured artist in the UMMA exhibition of Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 / Contemporary Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast. He has created memorable site specific performances at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, The Royal Ontario Museum, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Compton Verney, and most recently at the Denver Art Museum. His award-winning short film and video works have been screened at various national and international festivals, including the 2007 and 2008 Berlinale, and the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Monkman has been awarded the Egale Leadership Award, the Indspire Award, and the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award.

Co-presented with the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series at the historic Michigan Theater, this program is free and open to the public.

categories: Artists and Curators





Thursday, April 2, 7 pm - 8 pm

Rackham Graduate School
Rackham Assembly Hall (4th Floor)
915 E Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

I've worked as a critic for almost 40 years, but my knowledge of art is in fundamental ways accidental, and my approach to it deeply personal, a product of childhood experiences, reactions to the politically charged America I grew up in, and, through time spent in Asia and Africa, a pressing awareness of the hugely expanded cultural perspectives brought by the global present. I’ll talk about that evolving history—my history, which may well have things in common with your history—and how it shaped a changing view of my role as an art critic, tilting the balance from local arbiter to globalist translator.

Holland Cotter is co-chief art critic and a senior writer at the New York Times. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2009. In 2010, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for Art Writing by the College Art Association.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan Museum of Art, and Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

For more information, please contact the U-M Museum Studies Program.

categories: Special Events



Student Programs

Thursday, April 2, 8 pm - 11 pm
Whole Museum

Organized by U-M students for U-M students, the 6th annual Student Late Night event at UMMA will be a fun-filled, late-night creative explosion, featuring hands-on art making activities, original performances, swinging sounds courtesy of WCBN DJs, a photo booth, free food, and more. This is sure to be an arty extravaganza you won't want to miss!

Hosted by the UMMA Student Programming and Advisory Council, cosponsored by Arts at Michigan and WCBN.

Click HERE to RSVP


categories: UM Student Programs

April 5

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 5, 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, April 5, 2 pm - 3 pm

For more than twenty-five years, Los Angeles-based collectors Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard have built a world-class collection of contemporary art that is focused on men and male identity as its subject matter. The exhibition features more than sixty works by some of the most important names in late twentieth and early twenty-first century art. The images are gathered into sections that examine the lives of men in contemporary Western societies—with all their contradictions—through themes of competition and solidarity, confrontation with identity, and diverse explorations of the body and sexuality (as both sign and experience). Join docents as they explore these themes.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

April 12

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 12, 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, April 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 are 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

April 14



Tuesday, April 14, 7 pm - 9 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

Noted Indian classical dancers Sreyashi Dey from Ann Arbor and Vishnu Tattva Das from California come together to perform an evening of Odissi dance based on one of the most lyrical and poetic works from India, the 12th-century poet Jayadeva’s celebrated work, the Gita Govinda. The dance, like many works in UMMA’s collection of South Asian art, depicts the many characterizations of the goddess Radha, including her longing for the divine lover Krishna, the agony of separation, the torment of jealousy, and the bliss of union, and brings to life the descriptions of archetypical heroines in classical Indian texts. The evening’s performance will be introduced by U-M Professor of Art History, Dr. Nachiket Chanchani, who will set it within a larger Indian cultural and aesthetic context.

Co-sponsored by UMMA and SPICMACAY, University of Michigan.

categories: Performing Arts

April 16

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, April 16, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

Richard Siken is a poet, painter, filmmaker, and an editor at Spork Press. He is a recipient of two Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, two Lannan Residency Fellowships, and a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 UM alumna Helen Zell(’64). For more information, please see www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series

April 18



Saturday, April 18, 11:15 am - 12 pm

Children ages four to seven are invited to hear a story in the galleries. Stories will be followed by a short activity responding to the art on display. Parents must accompany children. Siblings are welcome to join the group. Meet in front of the UMMA Store.
 
 


categories: Family, Gallery Talks and Tours

April 19

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 19, 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, April 19, 2 pm - 3 pm

For the third installation of the Flip Your Field series, Georgios Skiniotis, Professor of Biological Chemistry at U-M’s Life Sciences Institute and Medical School, was invited to be a Guest curator. Skiniotis creates three-dimensional models of cellular components by combining their magnified shadows or projections viewed from different perspectives. This exhibition juxtaposes three-dimensional objects from the Museum’s collection with two-dimensional projections created by Skiniotis and explores how we make the cognitive connection between a two-dimensional shadow and the three-dimensional object that casts it. Join docents and ponder this fascinating puzzle.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

April 24

Special Event

Friday, April 24, 5 pm - 8 pm
All Galleries

In response to visitor feedback, the Museum will stay open after 5pm on select Fridays over the upcoming months. All of UMMA’s galleries and special exhibitions will remain open until 8pm. As always, admission is free.

UMMA Fridays After Five are generously sponsored by Comerica Bank and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

categories: Special Events

April 26

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 26, 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, April 26, 2 pm - 3 pm

This exhibition, featuring rarely seen archival dried and pressed plant specimens, celebrates the upcoming 2015 opening of the new Medicinal Garden at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The earliest botanical garden at the University was a pharmaceutical garden established in 1897. The new garden, developed in partnership with the College of Pharmacy and Medical School faculty, aims to explore the botanical origins of historical and current medicines, and to promote a better understanding of the profound relationship between plants and human health. Docents will introduce this exhibition and connect these botanicals to other images of nature in UMMA’s permanent collection.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



HE: The Hergott Shepard Photography Collection

Sunday, April 26, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
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.

The photographs in this exhibition explore the relationship between male bodies and male identities—at work and at play, in fantasy and in reality. Brendan Fay, lecturer in History of Art, will introduce the exhibition and its thematic approach to contemporary masculinity. The exhibition provides an ideal opportunity to consider the evolving significance of photographic portraiture alongside artistic strategies based on 'borrowed' images and staged fictions. It also offers an ideal venue to examine the scale, materials, and presentation strategies of contemporary photography.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and the University of Michigan Health System. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs, Department of the History of Art, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Institute for the Humanities, and Residential College, and the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Gallery Talks and Tours