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October 25

Student Programs

Saturday, October 25, 9 am - 5 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

From lost and destroyed works to intentionally ephemeral art to narratives neglected or marginalized by the discipline of Art History, this day-long symposium will consider the manner in which absent objects, contexts and narratives shape our understanding of art and its histories.

Keynote speaker: Wu Hung, University of Chicago, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History

Censorship and Iconoclasm:
Anna Khachiyan – PhD, IFA
“Discipline and Publish: Censorship and Falsification in Aleksandar Rodchenko’s 10 Years of Uzbekistan”
Sara Frier – PhD, Yale
“‘You are Here’: Points of Departure in Marcus Gheeraerts’ The Image Breakers”

Immateriality and Invisibility:
Erin Giffin – PhD, University of Washington
“Sonal Sculpture: Humanist Devotion at Orsanmichele”
Ginger Elliott Smith – PhD, Boston University
“Post-Studio Sublime: Art and Technology after Earthrise”

Monuments and Memory:
Chun Wa Chan – PhD, University of Michigan
“When Does an Icon Refuse Our Gaze?: On Absence in Domon Ken’s Pilgrimage to Old Temples (Koji junrei), 1963-75”
Nancy Thebaut – PhD, University of Chicago
“Architectures of Absence: Building Christ’s Tomb in Twelfth-Century France”

Absence and Imperialism:
Eowyn Mays – PhD, University of Maryland
“Absence and Imperial Desire in Felix Resurrection Hidalgo’s Per Pacem at Liberatem”
Tess Korobkin – PhD, Yale
“Erasure, Displacement and Discord at Victoria Memorial Hall, 1901-1921”

categories: Special Events, UM Student Programs

October 26

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 26, 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, October 26, 2 pm - 3 pm

Fred Tomaselli’s works rearrange realities, commingling elements of reality and surreality. His work draws on a wide range of sources. This exhibition will be comprised primarily of Tomaselli’s New York Times collages begun in 2005, which alter the front pages of that daily newspaper. His manipulation of the cover page image through his application of collage, gouache, and watercolor, sets up a striking contrast between the somber detachment of journalistic language that surrounds them.The results are sometimes funny, sometimes sinister, and often both. Tour The Times with UMMA docents. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours


Sunday, October 26, 7 pm - 9 pm

Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery
Vertical Gallery

Riffing off an interest in boundary-crossing art and ideas of play in UMMA’s exhibition of the contemporary Japanese art collective Paramodel, director Mark Kirschenmann leads some of the best past and current members of the illustrious improvisation-based Creative Arts Orchestra as they turn musical expectations inside out.

Lead support for the exhibition Paramodel is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and Center for Japanese Studies; the Japan Foundation; and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Credit Union, the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment, and Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts

October 30

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, October 30, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

Edward Baugh is Professor Emeritus of English, University of the West Indies, Jamaica.
He holds degrees of the University College of the West Indies (BA Hons., 1957), Queen’s University, Ontario (MA, 1959), and the University of Manchester (PhD, 1964).  He has been Visiting Professor at UCLA and Howard University, and Visiting Commonwealth Scholar at Flinders, Macquarie and Wollongong universities. He was Chairperson of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (1989-1992).  He served as Public Orator for the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies from 1985-2002.
His publications include:  Derek Walcott: Memory as Vision; ed. Critics on Caribbean Literature; ed. with Colbert Nepaulsingh, Derek Walcott’s Another Life; ed. Derek Walcott’s Selected Poems; Frank Collymore: a Biography. Chancellor, I Present …, a collection of his citations for honorary graduates of the UWI, was published in 1998. His three collections of poetry are: A Tale from the Rainforest, It Was the Singing, and Black Sand: New and Selected Poems
Jahan Ramazani is the Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English and Department Chair at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English; Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Yeats and the Poetry of Death. He edited  the most recent edition of The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry and, with Jon Stallworthy, The Twentieth Century and After, in The Norton Anthology of English Literature. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH Fellowship, a Rhodes Scholarship, and the Williams Riley Parker Prize. 

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 UM alumna Helen Zell(’64). For more information, please see

categories: Writers Series

October 31

Special Event

Friday, October 31, 5 pm - 8 pm

All Galleries
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery II
Entry Lobby
Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery
Media Gallery
Museum Apse
UMMA Store
Vertical Gallery

categories: Special Events