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April 17

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, April 17, 5:10 pm - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

A.M. Homes is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the best selling memoir, The Mistress's Daughter along with a travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist's book Appendix A:

Her work has been translated into twenty-two languages and appears frequently in Art Forum, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney's, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Zoetrope. She is a Contributing Editor toVanity Fair, Bomb and Blind Spot. Several times a year she collaborates on book projects with artists - among them Eric Fischl, Rachel Whiteread, Cecily Brown, Bill Owens, Julie Speed, Michal Chelbin, Petah Coyne, Carroll Dunham, Catherine Opie and Todd Hido.

She has also created original television pilots for HBO, FX and CBS and was a writer/producer of the Showtime series The L Word. Additionally, Homes wrote the adaptation of her first novel JACK, for Showtime. Director Rose Troche's 2003 adaptation of The Safety of Objects marks the screen debut of Kristen Stewart. Other Homes novels currently in development include, In A Country of Mothers, Music For Torching and This Book Will Save Your Life.

A.M. Homes has been the recipient of numerous awards including Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, and The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, along with the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis. In addition she has been active on the Boards of Directors of Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown, The Writers Room, and PEN-where she chairs both the membership committee and the Writers Fund. Additionally she serves on the Presidents Council for Poets and Writers. A.M. Homes was born in Washington D.C., she now lives in New York City and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton.

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 http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp

categories: Writers Series

April 19



Saturday, April 19, 11:15 am - 11:45 am

Children ages four to seven are invited to hear a story in the galleries. Student docents and UMMA staff will bring art to life as they read stories related to the art on display and invite responses from our youngest patrons. Each story is followed by a short art activity. Parents must accompany children. Siblings are welcome to join the group.  




categories: Family, Gallery Talks and Tours

April 20

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 20, 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 20, 2 pm - 3 pm

UMMA has assembled a choice group of domestic design objects in a new dedicated Design Gallery. Both design aficionados and novices will recognize some of the historic work on view. UMMA docents will introduce this exciting new installation to visitors along with one of a series of three exhibitions showcasing Michigan architects, Three Michigan Architects. On March 30, visitors will see Part 1 - David Osler. Ann Arbor native and U-M alum David Osler's domestic, institutional, commercial, and civic buildings represent some of the most distinctive and recognizable modern architecture in Michigan. On April 20, visitors will explore Part 2 - Robert Metalf. Metcalf designed houses and businesses for many of Detroit and Ann Arbor's most prominent citizens. His work is known for his careful attention to detail and for siting to maximize the light and view.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

April 21



Monday, April 21, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Forum

Eleven UM student singer-songwriters, participants in “Singing Out of Our Minds,” Dick Siegel’s Honors songwriting workshop, will be presenting the best of their new work.

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April 25

Special Event

Friday, April 25, 5 pm - 8 pm

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

Upcoming dates for UMMA Fridays After 5 include:
April 25, 2014
July 18, 2014

UMMA Fridays After 5 is generously supported by Comerica Bank.

categories: Special Events

April 27

Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurélien Froment, and Dora García



Sunday, April 27, 12 pm - 5 pm
Apse
Forum
New Media Gallery

The three works selected for Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurelien Froment, and Dora Garcia affect the audience directly or psychologically-they emphasize the construction of images and effects as a fundamental experience in the cultural domain: Discenza's A Viewing (The Effect) immerses the visitor in a seductive acoustic environment as he compiles a series of fragments of text found online through a Google search, all of which include the specific phrase "and the effect is," into a single narration read aloud by a professional speaker; Froment's film Pulmo Marina consists of a single shot of a jellyfish in an aquarium, with a voiceover that draws attention to the conditions of display; and Garcia addresses the audience as the subject in Instant Narrative, as performers write a continuous narrative about visitors in real time that is projected within the same space.

The third season of UMMA's new media exhibitions, guest curated by Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will focus on the notion of performativity in contemporary art. Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurelien Froment, and Dora Garcia is the second of three exhibitions presented in the upcoming season.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program



Guided Tour

Sunday, April 27, 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 27, 2 pm - 3 pm

Doris Duke's Shangri La is a five-acre Honolulu estate and its carefully orchestrated surrounding landscape and interior design. This exhibition brings this treasure to audiences throughout the continental United States for the first time. Docents will introduce Doris Duke's fascination with Islamic art, her extensive travels in Muslim countries, and her work with a broad array of individuals. Some sixty objects—ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, and full-scale architectural elements—are juxtaposed with historic photographs and drawings. In addition to Ms. Duke’s collections, the exhibition will also include new works by eight contemporary artists, all of Islamic background, who participated in the Shangri La Artists-in Residence program. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours