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February 1

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 1, 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, February 1, 2 pm - 3 pm

Each of the works in Suspended Moments: Photographs from the David S. Rosen Collection offer insights into an interior world. Dr. David S. Rosen was a pediatrician with a specialization in adolescent medicine. This exhibition features photographs from his collection that reflect his professional practice, notably, children at various stages, particularly those difficult years that chart the transition from childhood to adulthood. Docents will introduce this exhibition and link them to images of childhood in UMMA’s permanent collection.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

February 5

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, February 5, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

Sergio Troncoso is author of From This Wicked Patch of Dust, which Kirkus Reviews named as one of the Best Books of 2012 in a starred review. The novel won the Southwest Book Award. Troncoso also wrote Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, winner of the Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews. The Portland Book Review called the collection “Heart-wrenching.” He is also the author of The Nature of Truth, hailed by The Chicago Tribune as “impressively lucid.” Publishers Weekly said of Troncoso’s first book, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, “These stories are richly satisfying.” Troncoso was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, and in 2014 he was co-chair of the Literature panel for the New York State Council on the Arts. Steve Inskeep from NPR’s Morning Edition recently interviewed Troncoso for a series on the United States-Mexico border, and the El Paso City Council voted unanimously to rename the Ysleta public library branch in honor of Troncoso.

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 www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series

February 6

Special Event

Friday, February 6, 5 pm - 8 pm
All Galleries

categories: Special Events

February 7



Saturday, February 7, 11:15 am - 12 pm

Children ages four to seven are invited to hear a story in the galleries. Stories will be followed by a short activity responding to the art on display. Parents must accompany children. Siblings are welcome to join the group. Meet in front of the UMMA Store.

categories: Family, Gallery Talks and Tours

February 8

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 8, 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, February 8, 2 pm - 3 pm

This exhibition, featuring rarely seen archival dried and pressed plant specimens, celebrates the upcoming 2015 opening of the new Medicinal Garden at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The earliest botanical garden at the University was a pharmaceutical garden established in 1897. The new garden, developed in partnership with the College of Pharmacy and Medical School faculty, aims to explore the botanical origins of historical and current medicines, and to promote a better understanding of the profound relationship between plants and human health. Docents will introduce this exhibition and connect these botanicals to other images of nature in UMMA’s permanent collection.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, February 8, 3:30 pm - 5 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

Enjoy an afternoon filled with music from East Asia as zithers from China and Korea are featured in a selection of traditional musical instruments. This concert will showcase the virtuosity of recording artists Dr. Kyoung Sun Cho (Seoul National University of Education) on the geomungo, Dr. Yuening Liu (Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing) on the yangqin, and Seungmi Suh, on the daegeum. Presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies.

The geomungo [guh-moon-go] is an ancient Korean zither, played by plucking the silk strings on a long board with a bamboo pick. A Chinese dulcimer, the yangqin [yang-chin] is a stringed instrument played by striking the silk or metal strings with bamboo hammers. Also from Korea, the daegeum [deh-gum] is a bamboo flute with a reed membrane that produces a unique timbre.

categories: Performing Arts, Special Events

February 12

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, February 12, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her 11th book of poetry is Break the Glass (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). Her new book, Shirt in Heaven, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon in 2015. Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965–2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. The recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, Valentine has taught at Sarah Lawrence, New York University, and Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

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 www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series

February 15

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 15, 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, February 15, 2 pm - 3 pm

Each of the works in Suspended Moments: Photographs from the David S. Rosen Collection offer insights into an interior world. Dr. David S. Rosen was a pediatrician with a specialization in adolescent medicine. This exhibition features photographs from his collection that reflect his professional practice, notably, children at various stages, particularly those difficult years that chart the transition from childhood to adulthood. Docents will introduce this exhibition and link them to images of childhood in UMMA’s permanent collection.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

February 19

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, February 19, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

Charles Yu is the author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, named one of the best books of the year by Time Magazine. He received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award for his story collection Third Class Superhero, and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His work has been published in The New York Times, Playboy, and Slate, among other periodicals. Yu lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Michelle, and their two children.

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 www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series

February 20

Mark Webster Reading Series
Student Programs

Friday, February 20, 7 pm - 8 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. We encourage you to bring your friends - a Webster reading makes for an enjoyable and enlightening Friday evening.

categories: UM Student Programs, Writers Series

February 21



Saturday, February 21, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

"The Dance on Camera Festival is one of those NY stealth events, prized by its devotees...where the allusiveness of dance meets the intimacy of film to create a new kind of magic" --John Rockwell, New York Times

Coming to Ann Arbor directly from Dance Films Association's 43rd Dance On Camera Festival in New York City, this screening celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance  combined with the intimacy of film. DFA's Festival is the oldest dance film festival in the world that sparked a global explosion of activity.

The SMTD@UMMA performance is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

categories: Film, Performing Arts



HE: The Hergott Shepard Photography Collection

Saturday, February 21, 7 pm - 9 pm

A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
Museum Apse

In conjunction with UMMA's exhibition of HE: The Hergott Shepard Collection (on view February 14 - June 14, 2015) which explores Western visions of masculinity and sexuality in the modern era, composer Evan Ware presents works by men born of anguish, vulnerability, and healing, including Ware’s own celebrated symphony The Quietest of Whispers, performed by SMTD students and conducted by Kevin Fitzgerald.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and the University of Michigan Health System. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs, Department of the History of Art, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Institute for the Humanities, and Residential College, and the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

The SMTD@UMMA performance is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts

February 22

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 22, 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, February 22, 2 pm - 3 pm

For the third installation of the Flip Your Field series, Georgios Skiniotis, Professor of Biological Chemistry at U-M’s Life Sciences Institute and Medical School, was invited to be a Guest curator. Skiniotis creates three-dimensional models of cellular components by combining their magnified shadows or projections viewed from different perspectives. This exhibition juxtaposes three-dimensional objects from the Museum’s collection with two-dimensional projections created by Skiniotis and explores how we make the cognitive connection between a two-dimensional shadow and the three-dimensional object that casts it. Join docents and ponder this fascinating puzzle.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, February 22, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

"The Dance on Camera Festival is one of those NY stealth events, prized by its devotees...where the allusiveness of dance meets the intimacy of film to create a new kind of magic" --John Rockwell, New York Times

Coming to Ann Arbor directly from Dance Films Association's 43rd Dance On Camera Festival in New York City, this screening celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance  combined with the intimacy of film. DFA's Festival is the oldest dance film festival in the world that sparked a global explosion of activity.

The SMTD@UMMA performance is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

categories: Film, Performing Arts

February 25



Wednesday, February 25, 1:30 pm - 5 pm

Commons

Congolese popular painter Sapin Makengele and Belgian filmmaker Cécile Michel will spend the afternoon at UMMA while Makengele creates a new painting that reflects on the current state of student politics and repression in the Congo. This live painting performance is an extension of a documentary film created by Makengele and Michel titled Les Fantômes de Lovanium (Ghosts of Lovanium) that captures the reactions and conversations of students and other onlookers as they gather to observe Makengele while he paints in public on the campus of the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Come join Makengele and Michel to witness the creation of Makengele’s newest painting and interact with the artists. Over the course of a few days, Makengele will repeat the performance in Ann Arbor and produce a new painting in different locations around campus including the Institute for the Humanities on February 20, Gallery DAAS on February 23-24, and UMMA on February 25-26. For more information visit
https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/makengle-and-michel-at-uofm/

This residency and performances are made possible by the U-M Institute for the Humanities, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, International Institute, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of History, Department of the History of Art, Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, Center for World Performance Studies, University of Michigan Museum of Art, African Studies Center,
and Africa Workshop.

categories: Special Events

February 26



Thursday, February 26, 9 am - 5 pm

Commons

Congolese popular painter Sapin Makengele and Belgian filmmaker Cécile Michel will spend the day at UMMA while Makengele creates a new painting that reflects on the current state of student politics and repression in the Congo. This live painting performance is an extension of a documentary film created by Makengele and Michel titled Les Fantômes de Lovanium (Ghosts of Lovanium) that captures the reactions and conversations of students and other onlookers as they gather to observe Makengele while he paints in public on the campus of the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Come join Makengele and Michel to witness the creation of Makengele’s newest painting and interact with the artists. Over the course of a few days, Makengele will repeat the performance in Ann Arbor and produce a new painting in different locations around campus including the Institute for the Humanities on February 20, Gallery DAAS on February 23-24, and UMMA on February 25-26. For more information visit
https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/makengle-and-michel-at-uofm/

This residency and performances are made possible by the U-M Institute for the Humanities, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, International Institute, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of History, Department of the History of Art, Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, Center for World Performance Studies, University of Michigan Museum of Art, African Studies Center,
and Africa Workshop.

categories: Special Events



Zell Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, February 26, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium

Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious... beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and Lannan Literary Fellowship.

Diaz lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works with the last speakers of Mojave and directs a language revitalization program. In a PBS interview, she spoke of the connection between writing and experience: "for me writing is kind of a way for me to explore why I want things and why I'm afraid of things and why I worry about things. And for me, all of those things represent a kind of hunger that comes with being raised in a place like this.”

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 www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series