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July 24

Thursday, July 24, 11 am - 5 pm

Receive a free gift and 15% off of your entire purchase at the UMMA Store on July 24 only. The UMMA Store offers a variety of unique, handcrafted products added weekly, including beautiful jewelry, porcelain wares, baskets, textiles, and children’s educational toys. Proceeds help to support UMMA operations. 


July 27

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 27, 2 pm - 3 pm

Any photographic portrait marks an encounter between the person executing the image and the person posing for it. The sixteen photographs included in this exhibition speak to an especially charged collaboration between photographer and model in that they are all portraits of artists. UMMA Docents will share this suite of remarkable and entertaining photographs in which we witness the surreal to the seemingly straightforward, to artists becoming compelling participants in their own compositions.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

Sunday, July 27, 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

Many of today’s Native artists draw on historical tribal practices for their contemporary art making. In this Conversation, U-M PhD candidate Kristine Ronan will highlight the intersection between the historical and the contemporary in an array of objects from the touring exhibition Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3. Comparing objects from the exhibition to some of UMMA’s permanent collections, we will especially consider how relating the past to the present might serve as political commentary for a number of today’s Native artists.

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 3: Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition catalogue is made possible in part with the support of the Smithsonian Institution’s Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program. Lead support for UMMA's installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Native American Studies Program, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

categories: Contemporary Art, Exhibitions Related Program

July 31

Thursday, July 31, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
This event has limited space availability. Cost:  $10/person. Registration is required. See for registration details and logistics or email

This walking tour is a look at several modern homes located in one area of Ann Arbor Hills.  The tour will view the exteriors of homes designed by Robert Metcalf, George Brigham, William Muschenheim, David Osler, Edward Olencki and Joseph Albano.  It will provide a historical overview of the area and will look at in particular site planning.   The tour will conclude with an interior view of Robert Metcalf’s first commission the Crane residence (1954).  Current homeowners Linda and Jim Elert will be present to answer questions about the house and its history.   The walking tour will be lead by Nancy Deromedi and Grace Shackman.

a2modern is a local organization dedicated to the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design, celebrating the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders and homeowners in Ann Arbor. UMMA is pleased to partner with a2modern to provide audiences the opportunity to experience Ann Arbor's modernist architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham on view July19 –October 12, 2014.

For more information about this and other architectural tours, please contact a2modern online at or by emailing

The exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan.  

The U-M Collections Collaborations series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lead support for Three Michigan Architects is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program