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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