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December 19

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Friday, December 19, 11:40 am - 11:40 am

Museum Apse

Charles Baxter was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Macalester College, in St. Paul. After completing graduate work in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he taught for several years at Wayne State University in Detroit. In 1989, he moved to the Department of English at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and its MFA program. He now teaches at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of five novels including The Feast of Love, five collections of short stories including Gryphon, three collections of poems, two collections of essays on fiction and is the editor of other works. 

Reception and book signing in the UMMA Forum from 5-6 pm

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

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December 21

Guided Tour

Sunday, December 21, 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.

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Guided Tour

Sunday, December 21, 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