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October 16

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, October 16, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
$27 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$30 non-members; $10 lab fee for each workshop
Advance registration is required. Please register online at

Delve into Minimalism and learn how artists in this movement focused on stripping objects down to their elemental and geometric forms.

Join instructor and UMMA docent Susan Clinthorne for a series of fun and informative hands-on workshops that focus on the techniques from different art movements represented in the Museum's collection. Learn about important artists and movements while getting your hands dirty and exploring different pastel and/or acrylic painting techniques. Take one workshop or all three; all levels welcome.

categories: Artmaking

Guided Tour

Saturday, October 16, 1–3 p.m.

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

Saturday, October 16, 1:30–4 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
October 9 through November 13
$129 UMMA and AAAC members and UM Students / $143 non-members; $10 model fee
Advance registration is required. Please register online at

This class focuses on drawing from observation. Become acquainted with exquisite objects from the UMMA collections—abstract sculpture (Giocometti, Moore, Calder), bronze dancers by Rodin, African artifacts (nailed ritual objects, beaded hats, fertility figures), Thai Buddha and Indian Shiva figures, and Korean pottery—while developing a sense of proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition, and personal style. Approaches introduced will include working on watercolored surface with white conte pencil and graphite pencil, applying collage, or writing on drawings. To the first class, please bring: HB, 2B, and 2H graphite pencils; an eraser; and an 11 x 14 inch sketchbook. All levels welcome.

categories: Artmaking

Guided Tour

Saturday, October 16, 2–3:30 p.m.

Tour this major exhibition of more than 100 works of art from UMMA's rare and important Whistler collection, including portraits and his well-known series from England, Italy, and France.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

Special Event

Saturday, October 16, 4–6 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Two of Korea's most outstanding writers, Kim, Young-ha and Shin, Kyung-sook, will each talk about their writing and give a reading. Kim is the author of two novels that have been released in the US, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007) and Your Republic is Calling You (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010). Shin's novel, Please Look After Mom, which has sold over 1.5 million copies in Korean, will be released in the US by Knopf Doubleday next year. Coffee will be served between the two author's presentations. Please bring your own copies of the author's books, and they will be happy to sign them at the end of the program.

Book sales and signing after the reading.

This program is sponsored by the Nam Center for Korean Studies, the Korea Literature Translation Institute, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

categories: Special Events, Writers Series

On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James McNeill Whistler

Saturday, October 16, 8–11 p.m.

Just as the current Whistler exhibition highlights the influence of Europe on this American visual artist, Jazz Age Paris is one of two concerts presented in collaboration with the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, that explores different themes of expatriation in music.

Jazz was welcomed and adopted by Paris as early as the 1920s, affording African American musicians the serious critical acclaim absent in the United States. Local early Jazz specialists Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings, with Professor Emeritus James Dapogny, present the music as it was heard and performed in Paris, and jazz faculty and students perform music from post-war Paris, led by Professor Andrew Bishop.

Arrive early and join James Dapogny, Professor Emeritus of Music Theory and leader of Phil Oglivie's Rhythm Kings, for a pre-concert talk about Jazz in early 20th century Paris at 7:30pm.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts