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September 18

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, September 18, 10 am - 1 pm
Advance registration is required. Please register online at annarborartcenter.org.
$27 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$30 non-members; $10 lab fee for each workshop

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Saturday, September 18, 1 pm - 2 pm

This is one of two new tours that looks at UMMA collections through the lens of a particular theme. "The Collector's Eye" considers donors and collectors who have shaped UMMA holdings. Both new tours are offered in conjunction with the UM theme semester "What Makes Life Worth Living?"

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA
On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James McNeill Whistler

Saturday, September 18, 1:30 pm - 4 pm
Advance registration is required. Please register online at annarborartcenter.org.
$23 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$25 non-members; $10 lab fee

Drawing inspiration from the Whistler exhibition, you will learn to create vibrant and compelling images through the process of relief printing without a press. This workshop focuses on composition, design, carving and how to transfer of an image to produce an expressive relief print. All materials included.

categories: Artmaking, Exhibitions Related Program



Guided Tour

Saturday, September 18, 2 pm - 3 pm

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



American Romanian Festival

Saturday, September 18, 4 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium
$10 in advance through http://www.americanromanianfestival.org or cash or check at the door.

In this 1982 drama by Alexandru Tatos, three sequences, linked together to give a larger perspective on the nature of reality and film, are joined by one film crew at work on two different jobs. In the beginning, the crew is introduced as they juggle their dual roles as state-supported propagandists who laud their government and society, and as private moviemakers working on their own film. Next, they are in a restaurant looking for suitable locations to film when the eatery's owner, through no fault of his own, is induced to wax long and lugubriously on his miserable life. In the last segment, two extras are in the background of a scene, sitting at a table in a restaurant. It slowly becomes apparent to one of them that the man he's sitting with tortured him more than 40 years ago at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. (98 min, NR, English subtitles)

Please join American Romanian Festival Executive Director Marian Tanau and Ramona Uritescu-Lombard, an expert in Romanian cinema and lecturer in the German and Comparative Literature departments at UM, for a talk about Alexandru Tatos and Q&A after the film.

Part of the Fourth Annual American Romanian Festival, this event is sponsored by Michigan Arts Council and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

categories: Film



American Romanian Festival

Saturday, September 18, 7:30 pm - 11 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium
$10 in advance through http://www.americanromanianfestival.org or cash or check at the door.

A Trip To The City (2003, Corneliu Porumboiu, 19 min, Cinefondation Prize, Cannes 2004, Best Prize-Montpelier, France 2004, English subtitles)

A beautiful morning, the need of the internet in a little village, and the toilet that the mayor's wife is crying for, bring together the computer pensioned teacher and the mayor's driver for a little trip to the nearby city in this short film by Corneliu Porumboiu, the director of 12:08 East of Bucharest and Police Adjective.

Cigarettes and Coffee (2003, Cristi Puiu, 13 min, Golden Bear Award, Berlin 2004, English subtitles)

From the director of Death of Mr. Lazarescu comes this short movie about a very common problem with which elder generations are confronted: the issue of knowing little and being offered even less. An old man enters a restaurant in Bucharest. He takes a seat at a table where a younger man who looks like he could be a successful businessman is already eating dessert. Their conversation revolves around a job opening for the older man, who has been out of work for two years. However, if you want work these days, it's no good coming empty-handed—even if it's your son who's doing the employing.

The Apartment (2003, Constantin Popescu, 20 min, Best Prize-Venice Film Festival 2004, English subtitles)

It's morning. A man wakes up and gets ready for a new day of work or maybe for a short trip. His wife makes him breakfast and then she prepares him a little suitcase. The man leaves, exits the apartment building. The man returns using the back entrance. A farce without a dialogue between the characters.

Traffic (2003, Catalin Mitulescu, 15 min, Palme D'Or–Cannes 2004, English subtitles)

On his way to the next business meeting, Tudor has a 20-minute break. This is enough time to invite a girl to drink a coffee, talk about his daughter, and make a photo.

Humanitarian Aid (2002, Hanno Höfer, 16 min, Great Prize-Cottbus, Germany 2002, English subtitles)

Three young men come to Romania to bring humanitarian aid. The inhabitants of a small mountain village await them.

Challenge Day (2004, Napoleon Helmis, 10 min, English subtitles)

Today is Challenge Day. This means everybody must engage in sports. It is a competition between a city in Romania and one in Japan.

American Romanian Festival Executive Director Marian Tanau and Ramona Uritescu-Lombard, an expert in Romanian cinema and lecturer in the German and Comparative Literature departments at UM, will provide introductions to each of the films and host a Q&A afterward.

Part of the Fourth Annual American Romanian Festival, this event is sponsored by Michigan Arts Council and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

categories: Film