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May 3

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 3, 1 pm - 2 pm
All Galleries
To register for this free program, email or call 734.647.0522 for more information.

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.

Save the date for future Meet Me at UMMA tours: Sundays at 1pm, July 12 and October 4.

Meet Me at UMMA is generously supported by individual donors, and as part of the Museum’s Docent Program, it is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 3, 2 pm - 3 pm

This exhibition, featuring rarely seen archival dried and pressed plant specimens, celebrates the upcoming 2015 opening of the new Medicinal Garden at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The earliest botanical garden at the University was a pharmaceutical garden established in 1897. The new garden, developed in partnership with the College of Pharmacy and Medical School faculty, aims to explore the botanical origins of historical and current medicines, and to promote a better understanding of the profound relationship between plants and human health. Docents will introduce this exhibition and connect these botanicals to other images of nature in UMMA’s permanent collection.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

May 10

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 10, 2 pm - 3 pm

For more than 25 years, Los Angeles-based collectors Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard have built a world-class collection of contemporary art that is focused on men and male identity as its subject matter. The exhibition features more than 60 works by some of the most important names in late 20th and early 21st century art. The images are gathered into sections that examine the lives of men in contemporary Western societies—with all their contradictions—through themes of competition and solidarity, confrontation with identity, and diverse explorations of the body and sexuality (as both sign and experience). Join docents as they explore these themes.  

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

May 16

Saturday, May 16, 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. Meet in front of the UMMA Store.

categories: Family, Gallery Talks and Tours

May 17

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 17, 2 pm - 3 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

HE: The Hergott Shepard Photography Collection

Sunday, May 17, 3 pm - 4 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

Growing up a queer boy in the Midwest, Jim Leija has spent a lifetime chasing (evading) the (elusive)(captivating)(terrifying) dream of American masculinit(y)(ies). In this interpretive journey through the exhibition of HE: The Hergott Shepard Photography Collection, Leija mashes up song, dance, memoir, sparkle, high heels, and perhaps a few quizzes from the internet to get to the heart of the matter: when the man gets away, where does he go? Questions will be plentiful; answers, but a few. Jim Leija is a performer, artist, and arts educator, and currently serves as the Director of Education & Community Engagement for UMS.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and the University of Michigan Health System. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs, Department of the History of Art, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Institute for the Humanities, and Residential College, and the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

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May 31

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 31, 2 pm - 3 pm

Inspired by a story by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal, Czech photographer Hana Hamplová created a memorable body of work during the 1970s based on how important paper and the written word are to civilization—including how easily writings and, consequently knowledge, can be lost. Join docents as they introduce this exhibition inspired by the Frank Gehry chair made of cardboard in UMMA’s Design Gallery, and of and the need to address how artists from different cultures (present day America and communist Czechoslovakia) view a commodity as common as paper.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours