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October 2

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 2, 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, October 2, 2–3 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

Manuel Álvarez Bravo spent nearly his entire career photographing his native Mexico. His style drew upon numerous international influences including, a.m.ong others, Modernism and Surrealism. Although not strictly Surrealist, many of Álvarez 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 Álvarez Bravo’s scenes. 


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, October 2, 5–6:30 p.m.

Forum
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

Mark Kirschenmann’s Big Fun plays the electric music of Miles Davis, including material from In a Silent Way, Big Fun, On the Corner, Get Up With It, and Tutu.

This concert is a part of the Warming Up The Edge series leading up to Kerrytown Concert House's Edgefest festival of creative music in celebration of the festival’s 20th anniversary.

For more information, please contact Kerrytown Concert House.

This performance is made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, in honor of Maurice and Linda Binkow on the occasion of her 80th birthday and their 60th wedding anniversary.

categories: Performing Arts

October 4



Tuesday, October 4, 6:15–7 p.m.

Museum Apse
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve.

China Miéville lives and works in London. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award (Perdido Street Station, Iron Council, and The City & the City) and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice (Perdido Street Station and The Scar). The City & The City, an existential thriller, was published in 2009 to dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka and Orwell (The Times) and Phillip K. Dick (The Guardian). The City & The City recently won the British Science Fiction Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and tied with Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl for the 2010 Hugo Award. It was also shortlisted for the Nebula Award.

Reception at 5:30 p.m. Book signing to follow the reading.



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

October 6



Thursday, October 6, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Helmut Stern Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve.

China Miéville lives and works in London. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award (Perdido Street Station, Iron Council, and The City & the City) and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice (Perdido Street Station and The Scar). The City & The City, an existential thriller, was published in 2009 to dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka and Orwell (The Times) and Phillip K. Dick (The Guardian). The City & The City recently won the British Science Fiction Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and tied with Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl for the 2010 Hugo Award. It was also shortlisted for the Nebula Award.

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





Thursday, October 6, 6–7:30 p.m.

The Silver Club
The Silver Club
Please register by emailing umma-program-registration@umich.edu so that we can accommodate all of your party, including people with memory loss who will join the Silver Club activity session.

In this interactive, 90-minute program, University of Michigan Museum of Art docents and staff will demonstrate their use of art, music, storytelling and touch to create successful and rewarding experiences for visitors with memory loss, their families, and care-partners. The evening will also include tips and ideas from UMMA and Silver Club for using these modes to connect with loved ones at home or anywhere.

The University of Michigan Museum of Art’s Meet Me Program has served people with memory loss and their families and care partners for the last six years in partnership with Silver Club.

This program is free and light refreshments will be served.

Silver Club will also provide a respite of alternative activities and refreshments for Silver Club members, or guests with memory loss during the program.

Registration

Please register by emailing umma-program-registration@umich.edu so that we can accommodate all of your party, including people with memory loss who will join the Silver Club activity session.

Location

The Silver Club, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105

Questions?

For more information about this program, please call Mary LaVenture at 734-647-0522 or The Silver Club Programs at 734-998-9349.  


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: Special Events

October 7



Friday, October 7, 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.

This week's reading features Sam Jensen (Introduced by Yasin Abdul-Muqit) & A.S. Gorsuch (Introduced by Sierra Brown).

Samuel Jensen is a writer from Texas. His fiction has appeared in The Masters Review and has been honored in a handful of contests, including the Hopwood Awards.

A.S. Gorsuch was born in Akron, Ohio, grew up outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has attended both Michigan State University and University of Michigan. On all counts, she is undecided.

categories: UM Student Programs, Writers Series

October 8



Saturday, October 8, 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. Meet in front of the UMMA Store.


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


categories: Family, Gallery Talks and Tours

October 9

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 9, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

On Sunday, October 9, UMMA will open from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. exclusively for a FREE ASD friendly program allowing families to enjoy art in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Families will have access to special hands-on activities in the galleries that will help encourage exploration and discovery. Sketching and or writing materials will be available for children who prefer to work independently.

The Museum will also offer sunglasses, noise reducing earmuffs, and a quiet area with tactile toys for families who need to step away from the activities for a bit.

This event is recommended for ages 5-18, however all are welcome to participate.


Registration is required and opens one month before the event date.
Visit myturn.eventbrite.com to register!

For more information, please go to www.myturncommunity.org or call 734-647-0522.

 
"My Turn" programs are coordinated by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and take place on second Sundays throughout the year.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, October 9, 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, October 9, 2–3 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

Join UMMA docents in an exploration of cutting edge concepts in architectural practice. Before joining the faculty of the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, Mira Henry spent several years as a project architect, immersed in everyday details of the industry. But as a progressive architectural thinker, her inspiration has been to “unsee” the very forms and representations that constitute an architect's basic language discovering, for example, in static architectural details an unsettling range of figurative expression. Detroit-based architect, Catie Newell’s work is focused on the tactile, sensory qualities of the materials we use to build things: their texture, density, or malleability. The most important element in her formal vocabulary is light, as a “material” and as a condition. Light constructs architecture as a situational experience rather than a fixed space. Through urban interventions, installations, and photographs, she investigates how light and its absence creates alternate environments. Mira Henry: The View Inside and Catie Newell: Overnight promise to challenge your thoughts about the built environment.
 


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

October 13



Thursday, October 13, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Helmut Stern Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve.

C. Dale Young practices medicine full-time and teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. He is the author of The Day Underneath the Day (TriQuarterlyBooks, 2001), The Second Person (Four Way Books, 2007), Torn (Four Way Books, 2011) and The Halo (Four Way Books, 2016). He is a previous winner of the Grolier Prize, both the Stanley P. Young Fellowship, and Amanda Davis Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He lives in San Francisco with the biologist and composer, Jacob Bertrand, his spouse.


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

October 16

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 16, 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, October 16, 3–4 p.m.

All Galleries
To register for this program, email amcdearmon@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.

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: Gallery Talks and Tours

October 21

Fridays After 5
Special Event

Friday, October 21, 5–8 p.m.

All Galleries

Stop in to UMMA on select Friday evenings to enjoy special exhibitions and engaging activities at Fridays After 5! With all of UMMA's galleries remaining open until 8:00 p.m., this exciting series provides an interactive atmosphere for all audiences. While you're here, browse the UMMA Store for a wide variety of speciality items. Park in the Maynard Structure (between Liberty and William) and receive free, validated parking. The Museum is always free.

On October 21 we welcome Lauren Friedman, illustrator, artist, and stylist. She is the author of "50 Ways to Wear a Scarf" and "50 Ways to Wear Denim". The Ann Arbor native will be giving a demonstration on the best ways to wear a scarf in the fall weather.

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.

Also, be sure to save the date for our upcoming Fridays After 5:

November 11
December 9
February 17, 2017
April 7, 2017
May 12, 2017
June 9, 2017
July - TBD

categories: Artists and Curators, Artmaking, Family, Special Events

October 22



Saturday, October 22, 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.

This week's reading features Clarisse Baleja Saïdi (Introduced by Kristen Roupenian) & Courtney Faye Taylor (Introduced by Young Eun Yook)

Clarisse Baleja Saïdi is from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was born and raised in Côte d’Ivoire and writes of home(s) and faithfulness, of the personal and the political.

Courtney Faye Taylor was a finalist in the 2015 Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival Contest and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her work appears in Witness. She lives in North Carolina.

categories: UM Student Programs, Writers Series

October 23

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 23, 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, October 23, 2–3 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

Manuel Álvarez Bravo spent nearly his entire career photographing his native Mexico. His style drew upon numerous international influences including, a.m.ong others, Modernism and Surrealism. Although not strictly Surrealist, many of Álvarez 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 Álvarez Bravo’s scenes. 


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Catie Newell: Overnight

Sunday, October 23, 3–4:30 p.m.

Helmut Stern Auditorium
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

Detroit-based architect and artist, Catie Newell, and newly arrived UMMA Assistant Curator of Photography, Jennifer Friess, will discuss the themes of the exhibition, including Newell’s impulse to create new architectural space out of the unseen and her interest in the sensory qualities (light, darkness, texture, density, malleability) of our built environments.
 
Catie Newell, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, is a recent recipient of the Rome Prize in architecture. Her Overnight exhibition will run at UMMA in the Irving Stenn, Jr., Family Gallery from June 11 to November 6.
 
Jennifer Friess is UMMA’s Assistant Curator of Photography. She is a PhD candidate in History of Art at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She has broad knowledge of the history of photography and art-making practices. She previously worked at the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland and most recently at the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas. 


Lead support for the exhibition Catie Newell: Overnight is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program



Catie Newell: Overnight

Sunday, October 23, 7–8:30 p.m.

Museum Apse
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

In conjunction with UMMA's exhibition Catie Newell: Overnight?, Professor Jerry Blackstone and the U-M Chamber Choir return to UMMA to present music of and inspired by night, including excerpts from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s stunning All-Night Vigil. The exhibition will be open for browsing during the intermission.  

The SMTD@UMMA performance series is generously supported by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund and the Greg Hodes and Heidi Hertel Hodes—Partners in the Arts Endowment Fund.

Lead support for the exhibition Catie Newell: Overnight is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts

October 26



Wednesday, October 26, 6–7:30 p.m.

Helmut Stern Auditorium
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

Never a Bystander tells the story of Holocaust survivor Irene Butter’s extraordinary work with school children. Ms. Butter has spent nearly 30 years inspiring countless children to find the courage to take compassionate action and transcend obstacles. The film depicts Ms. Butter’s poignant connection to Anne Frank, her own childhood experiences in two concentration camps, and her choice to adopt an empowered view of her history, leading to a life of openheartedness, joy, and activism.

The screening will be followed by a talk back with film director, Evelyn Neuhaus, and Irene Butter.

Irene Butter was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up Jewish in Nazi-occupied Europe. A survivor of two concentration camps, she came to the U.S. in 1945. After graduating from Queens College in New York, she earned a PhD in economics from Duke University and taught at the University of Michigan for over 35 years. Since 1987, she has been visiting schools to teach students about the Holocaust and the lessons she learned during those traumatic years. She co-founded the Wallenberg lecture series honoring global change-makers and the Arab-Jewish women’s dialog group, Zeitouna. Butter resides with her husband in Ann Arbor.

Evelyn Neuhaus is a first-time filmmaker. She knew Irene Butter, the subject of Never a Bystander, for decades before learning that Butter was a Holocaust survivor and hearing her story. In 2007, Neuhaus was an assistant producer for Refusing to Be Enemies: The Zeitouna Story, about an Arab-Jewish women’s dialogue group Butter co-founded. She holds an MPH and an MBA from the University of Michigan and resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is currently exploring topics for her next film.

For more information about Never a Bystander and this extraordinary story of compassion, forgiveness, and empowered action, visit www.neverabystander.com


This program is co-sponsored by the Michigan Community Scholars Program and the University of Michigan Museum of Art

categories: Film

October 29

Catie Newell: Overnight

Saturday, October 29, 11 a.m.–1 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 11:00 a.m. session or the 2:00 p.m. session and how many adults and children are in your group.

Create your own art project inspired by the nighttime photographs in Catie Newell: Overnight. UMMA docents will lead families on an exploration of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop led by local artist Adrian Deva. Designed for families with children ages six and up to experience art together. Parents must accompany children.

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


Lead support for the exhibition Catie Newell: Overnight is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Family



Catie Newell: Overnight

Saturday, October 29, 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 11:00 a.m. session or the 2:00 p.m. session and how many adults and children are in your group.

Create your own art project inspired by the nighttime photographs in Catie Newell: Overnight. UMMA docents will lead families on an exploration of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop led by local artist Adrian Deva. Designed for families with children ages six and up to experience art together. Parents must accompany children.

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


Lead support for the exhibition Catie Newell: Overnight is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Family

October 30

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 30, 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



Japanese Prints of Kabuki Theater from the Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art

Sunday, October 30, 2–3:30 p.m.

A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
Paper Study
Space is limited and registration is required. Please email umma-program-registration@umich.edu

 Exhibition co-curators Natsu Oyobe and Mariko Okada will lead an in-depth exploration of Kabuki prints in conjunction with the UMMA exhibition Japanese Prints of Kabuki Theater from the Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art. This workshop is designed for a general audience. Participants will become familiar with Kabuki prints and theater, as well as the popular culture and society of the late Edo period.  

Kabuki prints are filled with information on the popular culture and human experience of the late Edo Period. Kabuki attracted enormous attention and developed a huge following in the late Edo Period—a phenomenon comparable to contemporary movie and television stars. The prints’ enormous popularity contributed to advances in print technology, facilitating an unprecedented speed of production and a sophisticated system of distribution and circulation. 
 
This workshop is for generalists. Another workshop requiring a reading fluency of Japanese and a basic knowledge of Kabuki theater will be offered on Friday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration is required for both workshops. Email umma-program-registration@umich.edu to secure your spot.
  



Lead support for the exhibition Japanese Prints of Kabuki Theater from the Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the National Endowment for the Arts, the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Endowment, AISIN, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies. Additional generous support is provided by the Japan Foundation and the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender.


categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program



Guided Tour

Sunday, October 30, 2–3 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

The exhibition Traces focuses on one artwork from UMMA’s African holdings: a Chokwe mask that was collected in 1905 near the Angolan city of Dundo by the German explorer Leo Frobenius. Its presence at UMMA today—almost 7,500 miles away from the context in which it was originally created, used, and valued—is the result of a long and tumultuous journey, spanning a hundred years, three continents, and numerous people whose lives are forever connected to the artifact that passed through their hands. Drawing on the Museum’s African collection and national loans, Traces tells the stories of some of these individuals as it reconstructs the “biography” of the mask. Explore some of the historical complexity of this mask with UMMA docents. 


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours