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August 1

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 1, 2–3 p.m.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

August 7

Turning Point: Japanese Studio Ceramics in the Mid-20th Century

Saturday, August 7, 5–8 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium
This event is free to the public.

In the postwar period, ceramic artists from around the world, but especially from the West, visited Japan to apprentice with studio potters. Michigan artists John and Susanne Stephenson, Marie Woo, and Georgette Zirbes studied natural and non-glazed ware technique with potters Takahashi Rakusai III and Kaneshige Tôyô, who themselves revived the great tradition of Momoyama period (1583–1615) ceramics. After returning to Michigan, these artists were instrumental in disseminating the age-old techniques in schools and in the pottery community at large. Hear about their experience of living in traditional pottery towns and working closely with Japanese potters. A short film of Shôji Hamada's demonstration in Ann Arbor in 1967 will also be presented.

categories: Artists and Curators, Special Events

August 8

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 8, 2–3 p.m.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

August 15

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 15, 2–3 p.m.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

August 18

Jazz Series

Wednesday, August 18, 8–11 p.m.


UMMA is pleased to offer this summer concert free of charge thanks to the Katherine Tuck Endowment.

categories: Performing Arts

August 21

Saturday, August 21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I

What you've been waiting for! This major exhibition features more than 100 works of art from UMMA's rare and important Whistler collection—one of the finest holdings of Whistler's graphic output in North America—and explores Whistler's illustrious life and career; his artistic themes and concerns, including portraiture and his well-known series from England, Italy, and France; the interests and legacy of early-20th-century Whistler collector and UMMA benefactor Margaret Watson Parker; and the tools and techniques that Whistler employed as a printmaker.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program

August 22

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 22, 2–3 p.m.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

August 27

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, August 27, 1–4 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
Please register online at
$27 members and UM students/$30 non-members; $10 lab fee

Like Picasso, let African masks inspire you! Discover the secrets of creating luminous drawings using soft pastels and charcoal while working from the outstanding collection of African masks at the Museum. You will learn to create contrasts of value to suggest light, shadow, mass, and volume. All materials included.

categories: Artmaking

August 29

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 29, 2–3 p.m.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours