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September 25

LSA Theme Semester: What Makes Life Worth Living?

Saturday, September 25, 1 pm - 3 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium
2-4 pm Thangkas on view

Enjoy this opportunity to view and learn about rare Tibetan Buddhist paintings from the UM Museum of Anthropology collections as Rob Davis, Executive Director of Copper Colored Mountain Arts, lectures and leads a hands-on workshop on these compelling works of art. Rob Davis studied with Pema Rinzin at the Rubin Museum in New York City and also teaches the art of thangka painting. Mr. Davis' lecture will be followed by the opportunity to view several rare thangkas in the UMMA Education Center.

This program is cosponsored by the Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Art, and the LSA Theme Semester.

For more information about other Theme Semester programs, please visit the website at http://wmlwl.com/

categories: Artists and Curators, UM Student Programs



Guided Tour

Saturday, September 25, 1 pm - 2 pm

This is one of two new tours that looks at UMMA collections through the lens of a particular theme. "Political and Social Expressions in Art" considers art displaying political and social issues. Both new tours are offered in conjunction with the UM theme semester "What Makes Life Worth Living?"

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Saturday, September 25, 2 pm - 3 pm

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



LSA Theme Semester: What Makes Life Worth Living?

Saturday, September 25, 4 pm - 6 pm
Multipurpose Room
Advance registration for the workshop is required.
Please register at http://hansanderson.wufoo.com/forms/z7x4a3/

Rob Davis, Executive Director of Copper Colored Mountain Arts, leads a hands-on workshop on thangka painting following his lecture (1pm, Helmut Stern Auditorium) and opportunity to view selections of these rare Tibetan Buddhist paintings from the UM Museum of Anthropology's collection (2-4pm, Classroom).

This program is cosponsored by the Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Art, and the LSA Theme Semester.

For more information about other Theme Semester programs, please visit the website at http://wmlwl.com/

categories: Artmaking



American Romanian Festival

Saturday, September 25, 4 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium
$10 in advance through http://www.americanromanianfestival.org or cash or check at the door.

This 1979 Alexandru Tatos drama is set in a border town occupied by the Germans on the Danube in 1944. There are plenty of collaborators eager to please the Germans. A number of the young men join the partisans, which by orders of the Germans are to be killed on sight. When a Serbian partisan is killed and the orders are to have his body thrown into the village, forbidding anyone to bury it, Anastasia refuses to obey the order. (100 min, 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 discussion 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 25, 7:30 pm - 11 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium
$10 in advance through http://www.americanromanianfestival.org or cash or check at the door.

La Metropolitaine (The Metropolitan, 2010, Dan Popa, 24 min, TIFF 2010 entry, Fiction) The Metropolitan is an experimental fiction film that combines architecture, travel and love. The love story takes place in seven underground subway systems around the world. The film is characterized by colors and poetry which depict themes on life in transition. Visually the film consists of a montage of 21000 pictures from several hundred subway stations as we follow the protagonist in his search for true love.

Midi (Noon, 2008, Dan Popa, 6 min, TIFF 2008 entry, Fiction) Today is Koppa's birthday, and he is celebrating it by sitting on his 9th floor balcony and putting the finishing touches on his customized fishing hooks. After dinner, and a brief one-way conversation, Koppa reveals to the audience the nature of his anxiety; he hates his own inability to do anything about his future.

Dan Popa is a Montreal-based filmmaker of Romanian origin who directs and photographs his own work. He studied filmmaking at Concordia University and has worked as a freelancer in both film and design. In 2006, he started NATALI film, his own film production company. His research focuses on the exploration of contradictions, both aesthetically and formally, through new cinematic approaches. He is currently working on a poetic feature film, shot on four continents, about the rise and fall of a republic that never existed.

Nunta lui Oli (Oli's Wedding) (Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, 22 min) Oli's Wedding won the Best Romanian Short Film Award at NexT IFF 2009. Alone in his kitchen in Bucharest, Dorel prepares for what seems to be a party. Actually, it's his son's wedding which takes place in the USA. Dorel is going to watch the wedding through a webcam together with two of his son's friends. On the small display they are going to meet the bride and her father and will witness the ceremony. A bittersweet story about scattered families and lonely parents.

Please join visiting director Dan Popa, 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 discussion and Q&A after the screenings.

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