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September 4



Friday, September 4, 7 pm - 10 pm

Whole Museum
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery II
Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery
Classroom
Commons
Entry Lobby
European and American Decorative Art
Eurpean Art />Forum
UMMA and Arts at Michigan celebrate Welcome Week by introducing new University of Michigan students to the wide array of possibilities for arts participation on campus. This evening event will feature live music and performances, WCBN DJs, dance, poetry, film, games, prizes, and a variety of art-making activities.

Artscapade! is generously supported by the University of Michigan Credit Union, UMMA's Lead Sponsor for Student and Family Engagement, and co-sponsored by Arts at Michigan.

categories: UM Student Programs

September 6

Guided Tour

Sunday, September 6, 2 pm - 2 pm

 “The unifying core of my work stems from encountering the world as it unfolds,” explains Jem Cohen. “It is through close observation, careful listening, and an embrace of chance that I establish the bedrock. . . . Regardless of the tools and the form, the project is . . . life drawing.” Join UMMA docents as they explore Cohen’s dual-gallery presentation including Polaroid and digital images of a variety of locations, from New York to Tangier, in the Photography Gallery,and a multi-media component that has been called a cinematic love letter to Nova Scotia's Cape Breton, in the Media Gallery. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

September 13

Guided Tour

Sunday, September 13, 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, September 13, 2 pm - 3 pm

Known for an iconoclastic pictorial language of eccentric materials and radically unconventional techniques, New York painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel (born 1951) has been a pioneering, and controversial figure in the art world. Featuring works from the mid-1970s to the present, including pieces from Schnabel’s most well-known series, the Plate Paintings and Wax Paintings, this exhibition explores the artist’s use of found materials, his experimentation with chance operations, and his idiosyncratic and inventive mark-making. Enjoy Schnabel’s unorthodox art with an UMMA docent tour. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

September 17



Thursday, September 17, 5:10 pm - 6:30 pm

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

Celebrated for a visual language that brings together unexpected materials and radically unconventional techniques, artist Julian Schnabel has been a pioneering, and controversial, figure since his first solo exhibition in 1979. As part of a group of 1980s artists known as Neo-Expressionists (a term that he would reject), Schnabel wanted to return to painting pre-abstraction, and forged a practice that encompassed figuration, personal narratives, and references to history and mythology.  His paintings, sculptures, and works on paper have been the subject of numerous exhibitions at museums worldwide, including the current exhibition of his work at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (on view through September 27). Also a renowned filmmaker, in 1996 Schnabel wrote and directed the feature film Basquiat about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, produced by Peter Brant. Brant Publications, Inc., is a leading art publisher whose titles include Art in America and Interview, among other important art magazines. Mr. Brant is also an entrepreneur, manufacturing executive, philanthropist, sportsman, and art collector who has a personal passion for contemporary art.

The exhibition Julian Schnabel was organized by the Brant Foundation Art Study Center.  Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by Joseph and Annette Allen, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, and Retirement Income Solutions.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program

September 18

Special Event

Friday, September 18, 7 pm - 10 pm
Whole Museum

Drop in during this free community event to browse the galleries and enjoy new special exhibitions including The Art of Tyree Guyton: A Thirty-Year Journey featuring the work of the renowned artist best known for the Heidelberg Project, an outdoor art environment on Detroit’s near-east side; a multi-format photography and video installation by filmmaker Jem Cohen; rarely displayed World War I posters supporting the war effort and Americanism; and the radically unconventional work of the pioneering and controversial contemporary painter Julian Schnabel. Enjoy live jazz music by the Michael Malis Trio. Exuberant, buoyant, and soulful, the evening will feature original compositions rooted in the jazz pianist-composer tradition and drawing inspiration from the musical legacy of Detroit. Curators’ conversations and light refreshments round out the event. 





UMMA After Hours is generously sponsored by Fidelity Investments.

categories: Special Events

September 20



Sunday, September 20, 12 pm - 5 pm

Mine More Coal exhibition closing

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program



Guided Tour

Sunday, September 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, September 20, 2 pm - 3 pm

During World War I, the American Government used a powerful poster campaign to rally citizens to the cause. Propaganda, commodity, and art came together in WWI posters. The focus of this exhibition of rarely displayed WWI posters from UMMA’s collection is coal miners. These works explore the larger themes of supporting the war effort and Americanism. UMMA docents will guide visitors through this exhibition that marks the centennial of the Great War (1914-1919). This exhibition includes some of the lesser-known works by America’s most famous poster artists.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, September 20, 3 pm - 3:45 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. Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

Much of the power and impact of Julian Schnabel’s work is located in what we experience in its physical materiality. His use of found materials, chance operations, and inventive mark making are immediately available to us and offer entry points to the cultural signifiers that are layered within them. Join Jim Cogswell, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of Art, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, for an exploration of what we learn from our experience of these works in their material presence, and the evidence of process and intention buried within them.  How far can we trust our perceptions? What, if anything, might go missing from relying on what we see and long to touch?

The exhibition Julian Schnabel was organized by the Brant Foundation Art Study Center.  Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by Joseph and Annette Allen, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, and Retirement Income Solutions.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program





Sunday, September 20, 4 pm - 4:45 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. Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

Much of the power and impact of Julian Schnabel’s work is located in what we experience in its physical materiality. His use of found materials, chance operations, and inventive mark making are immediately available to us and offer entry points to the cultural signifiers that are layered within them. Join Jim Cogswell, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of Art, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, for an exploration of what we learn from our experience of these works in their material presence, and the evidence of process and intention buried within them.  How far can we trust our perceptions? What, if anything, might go missing from relying on what we see and long to touch?

The exhibition Julian Schnabel was organized by the Brant Foundation Art Study Center.  Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by Joseph and Annette Allen, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, and Retirement Income Solutions.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program

September 24



Thursday, September 24, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many other publications. She is the co-editor of PANK. She is also the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Hunger, forthcoming from Harper in 2016.

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






categories: Writers Series

September 25



Friday, September 25, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s near-east side. The installation was started in 1986 by artist and local resident Tyree Guyton who covered abandoned houses, the street, and the surrounding area with found objects and paintings that express vivid personal, social, and sometimes political themes. The street was gradually transformed into a lively, visually arresting, and often controversial work of art that not only energized the local community but attracted visitors from around the world. Over the last three decades, the project has morphed from the work of a single artist into a broad-based collaboration between Guyton, Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield, and their team of volunteers.

On the occasion of the 30-year anniversary of the Heidelberg Project, Tyree Guyton and Jenenne Whitfield look back over their dramatic journey as they contemplate new possibilities for the future. Exhibition curator MaryAnn Wilkinson will offer remarks about the exhibition at UMMA and Mr. Guyton’s work within the context of the global art community.

Co-sponsored with the U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. A related exhibition of Mr. Guyton’s work will also be on view in the GalleryDAAS.

Browse the exhibitions and light refreshments to follow the program.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Lisa Applebaum. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and School of Social Work.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program

September 26

Guided Tour

Saturday, September 26, 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. The story on September 26 will introduce children to UMMA’s exhibition The Art of Tyree Guyton: A Thirty-Year Journey. 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. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

September 27

Guided Tour

Sunday, September 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, September 27, 2 pm - 3 pm

Known for an iconoclastic pictorial language of eccentric materials and radically unconventional techniques, New York painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel (born 1951) has been a pioneering, and controversial figure in the art world. Featuring works from the mid-1970s to the present, including pieces from Schnabel’s most well-known series, the Plate Paintings and Wax Paintings, this exhibition explores the artist’s use of found materials, his experimentation with chance operations, and his idiosyncratic and inventive mark-making. Enjoy Schnabel’s unorthodox art with an UMMA docent tour. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours