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July 3

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 3, 1–2 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

A British Docent expresses her inner curmudgeon and gives an alternate view through art in the collections.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, July 3, 2–3 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

In the last two decades there has been a tremendous swell of interest in Detroit architect Albert Kahn (1869–1942), arguably the most important architect of American industrialization. Albert Kahn: Under Construction focuses on the remarkable archive of photographs from the River Rouge complex to the Willow Run Bomber Plant. Shot by an array of professional photographers, these often striking documentary images were a novel strategy for conveying information—showing buildings as they grew on site—to busy managers at the main office. UMMA docents will explore these artifacts as photographs and evidence of Kahn's innovative solutions to the architectural challenges of his day.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

July 9

Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road

Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Multipurpose Room
The 2 p.m. session is currently full. Space is available in the 11 a.m. session. Registration is required: email umma-program-registration@umich.edu
 


UMMA's exhibition of Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road presents photographs of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor's residence in Bel Air, California. Catherine Opie, a renowned contemporary photographer, captures the essence of Taylor's larger-than-life persona through her personal objects and mementos. July's Family Art Studio takes its inspiration from these captivating and often intimate images. Local artist and long-time UMMA docent Susan Clinthorne will lead families on an exploration of the gallery followed by a hands-on workshop. Designed for families with children ages 6 and up to experience and create art together. Parents must accompany children.

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

Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. This exhibition is made possible with lead support provided by J.P. Morgan Private Bank and major support from Jamie McCourt, and Gilena Simons.
 
Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, and Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Department of the History of Art, Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, and Department of American Culture. 


categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Family



Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road

Saturday, July 9, 2–4 p.m.

Multipurpose Room
The 2 p.m. session is currently full. Space is available in the 11 a.m. session. Registration is required: email umma-program-registration@umich.edu
 


UMMA's exhibition of Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road presents photographs of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor's residence in Bel Air, California. Catherine Opie, a renowned contemporary photographer, captures the essence of Taylor's larger-than-life persona through her personal objects and mementos. July's Family Art Studio takes its inspiration from these captivating and often intimate images. Local artist and long-time UMMA docent Susan Clinthorne will lead families on an exploration of the gallery followed by a hands-on workshop. Designed for families with children ages 6 and up to experience and create art together. Parents must accompany children.

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

Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. This exhibition is made possible with lead support provided by J.P. Morgan Private Bank and major support from Jamie McCourt, and Gilena Simons.
 
Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, and Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Department of the History of Art, Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, and Department of American Culture. 


categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Family

July 10

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 10, 2–3 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

This exhibition presents new and recent work by Los Angeles-based artist Catherine Opie, one of the essential figures in contemporary photography. Beginning in 2010, Opie spent six months taking photographs at the residence of Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011), capturing the essence of the Hollywood legend through her personal objects and mementos. She portrays Taylor's life experience and eccentricity as an illusory subject, one that cannot be specifically designated or precisely described. UMMA docents will explore Taylor's celebrity and humanity through these images.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

July 16

The Connoisseurs' Legacy: The Collection of Nesta and Walter Spink

Saturday, July 16, 11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.

UMMA Store

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. The story on July 16 will highlight the Indian art in The Connoisseurs’ Legacy: The Collection of Nesta and Walter Spink. Meet in front of the UMMA Store.


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


Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Center for South Asian Studies.


categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Family

July 17

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 17, 2–3 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

Manuel Àlvarez Bravo spent nearly his entire career photographing his native Mexico. His style drew upon numerous international influences including, among others, Modernism and Surrealism. Although not strictly Surrealist, many of Àlvarez Bravo's works manifest a similarly fantastical mood. One of the artist's most arresting qualities is his ability to imbue scenes of everyday life with an otherworldly, metaphysical power. The photographs in the exhibition, from UMMA's collections, show the artist using motifs drawn from Mexican religious and indigenous works as well as plant forms, in a Modernist approach to image making. UMMA docents will discuss these motifs and the artist's use of light as a metaphor and revealer of life, animating even the emptiest and most silent of Àlvarez Bravo's scenes.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, July 17, 3–4 p.m.

All Galleries
To register for this program, email mdeland@alz.org or call the local Alzheimer’s Association 800.272.3900 at any time. For more information, please contact UMMA at 734.647.0522 during normal business hours.

Meet Me at UMMA invites people with mild memory loss to enjoy a guided gallery experience along with family members or care partners. This program is designed for people who live at home and their companions.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing mild memory loss, research has shown that the visual and expressive arts can be good for your mind. In addition, great enjoyment is to be found in seeking out the sights, sounds, textures, and good feelings that come with looking at, learning, and sharing feelings about paintings, music, and other creative arts.

UMMA's trained docents will accompany small groups for a guided tour and provide the opportunity for everyone to experience different kinds of art and share their responses.

Upcoming Meet Me Sessions: Sunday, October 16


Meet Me at UMMA is generously supported by the Monroe-Brown Foundation Discretionary Fund for Outreach to the State of Michigan and individual donors.

categories: Family, Gallery Talks and Tours

July 22

Special Event

Friday, July 22, 5–8 p.m.

All Galleries

With all of UMMA’s galleries open until 8:00 p.m., this exciting series provides an interactive experience for all audiences. Join UMMA on July 22 and Groove to Ann Arbor’s own Rock ‘n Soul cover band NAKED ACE, and participate in other exciting activities around the Museum. Park in the Maynard Structure (between Liberty and William) and receive free, validated parking. The Museum is always free. UMMA Fridays After 5 are generously supported by Comerica Bank and the State Street District. The media sponsor for Fridays After 5 is Michigan Radio.

UMMA Fridays After 5 are generously supported by Comerica Bank and the State Street District. The media sponsor for Fridays After 5 is Michigan Radio.


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categories: Special Events

July 31

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 31, 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



Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road

Sunday, July 31, 3–4 p.m.

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. Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.


In 700 Nimes Road, photographer Catherine Opie creates a portrait of the icon Elizabeth Taylor by capturing the intimate spaces and personal treasures that make up the actress’s home in Bel Air, California. Join Assistant Curator of Photography, Jennifer Friess, for an exploration of how Opie’s images reveal facets of Taylor’s identity from the humble to the glamorous.  


Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. This exhibition is made possible with lead support provided by J.P. Morgan Private Bank and major support from Jamie McCourt, and Gilena Simons.
 
Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, and Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Department of the History of Art, Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, and Department of American Culture. 


categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program