Programs and Tours
UMMA Dialogues: Artist Haroon Mirza, Musician and Writer David Toop, and Curator Elizabeth Thomas
"Mirza makes art that involves moving parts, electrical wizardry and video, all of it held together by sound." –The Guardian
Hear directly from Haroon Mirza, chosen for the 2011 Venice Biennale Silver Lion Award for the most promising young artist, in conversation with British musician and writer David Toop and leading contemporary art curator, Elizabeth Thomas. Thomas is the guest curator of UMMA's exhibition of his work, the artist's first solo museum exhibition in the US.
Mirza's installations, which could also be considered unique time-based concerts, have captured the attention of the public and critics alike; in addition to the Biennale award, he was awarded the prestigious Northern Art Prize in 2010 (he lives in Sheffield, England, as well as London).
David Toop is a musician, author, and curator who writes frequently for the The Wire. His most recent book is Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener (2010), which explores the experience of listening as it is embodied in the visual arts, poetry, and fiction. In addition to curating or collaborating on eighteen albums, in 2000 Toop curated the landmark sound art exhibition Sonic Boom at London’s Hayward Gallery.
Elizabeth Thomas is one of the leading contemporary art curators working today, well known for her adventurous approach as well as her commitment to supporting artists in the production of new work. Most recently she directed the Matrix program at Berkeley Art Museum and the Forum program at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Haroon Mirza is on view March 17–July 22. Attendees will have the opportunity to preview the exhibition and to meet the artist at a public reception following this talk.
This exhibition is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the Susan and Richard Gutow Fund, and the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.
Friday, 16 March, 2012
Helmut Stern Auditorium
University of MichiganMuseum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1354