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April 25

Special Event

Friday, April 25, 5 pm - 8 pm

In response to visitor feedback, the Museum will stay open after 5 pm on select Fridays over the upcoming months. All of UMMA’s galleries and special exhibitions will remain open until 8 pm. As always, admission is free.

Upcoming dates for UMMA Fridays After 5 include:
April 25, 2014
July 18, 2014

UMMA Fridays After 5 is generously supported by Comerica Bank.

categories: Special Events

April 27

Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurélien Froment, and Dora García

Sunday, April 27, 12 pm - 5 pm
New Media Gallery

The three works selected for Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurelien Froment, and Dora Garcia affect the audience directly or psychologically-they emphasize the construction of images and effects as a fundamental experience in the cultural domain: Discenza's A Viewing (The Effect) immerses the visitor in a seductive acoustic environment as he compiles a series of fragments of text found online through a Google search, all of which include the specific phrase "and the effect is," into a single narration read aloud by a professional speaker; Froment's film Pulmo Marina consists of a single shot of a jellyfish in an aquarium, with a voiceover that draws attention to the conditions of display; and Garcia addresses the audience as the subject in Instant Narrative, as performers write a continuous narrative about visitors in real time that is projected within the same space.

The third season of UMMA's new media exhibitions, guest curated by Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will focus on the notion of performativity in contemporary art. Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurelien Froment, and Dora Garcia is the second of three exhibitions presented in the upcoming season.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 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, April 27, 2 pm - 3 pm

Doris Duke's Shangri La is a five-acre Honolulu estate and its carefully orchestrated surrounding landscape and interior design. This exhibition brings this treasure to audiences throughout the continental United States for the first time. Docents will introduce Doris Duke's fascination with Islamic art, her extensive travels in Muslim countries, and her work with a broad array of individuals. Some sixty objects—ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, and full-scale architectural elements—are juxtaposed with historic photographs and drawings. In addition to Ms. Duke’s collections, the exhibition will also include new works by eight contemporary artists, all of Islamic background, who participated in the Shangri La Artists-in Residence program. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours