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November 14

Guided Tour

Sunday, November 14, 1–1 p.m.

This is one of two new tours that look 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

Sunday, November 14, 2–2 p.m.

Explore two extraordinary UMMA collections on extended view—the Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen Collection of Wood Art and the Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

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

Sunday, November 14, 3–5:30 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Dr. Lee Glazer's lecture will consider Whistler's approach to depicting architecture in his prints, beginning with his etchings of Venice and will focus particularly on the artist's 1880s images of Chelsea, exploring the social realities and aesthetic transformation of a Victorian neighborhood in transition. She will also reflect on the place of these motifs in the collecting habits of UMMA benefactor Margaret Watson Parker. Dr. Glazer is Associate Curator of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC, home of one of the foremost Whistler collections in the world. She is the editor of the recent volume James McNeill Whistler in Context: Essays from the Whistler Centenary Symposium.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program


Sunday, November 14, 5:30–8 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew was commissioned by the Public Theater of New York to develop Passing Strange, a heartfelt and hilarious story of a young bohemian who charts a course for "the real" through sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the story takes the audience from black, middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin, and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. After its move from the Public Theater to Broadway, director Spike Lee and cinematographer Matthew Libatique committed the musical to film, shooting a live production on high definition cameras from multiple angles.

Cosponsored by the University of Michigan Museum of Art, this screening is presented in conjunction with the University Musical Society appearance by Stew and the Negro Problem, November 18–20. Please see for more information about the show or contact for more information about the film screening.

categories: Film

Out of the Ordinary: Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art and Fusfeld Folk Art Collections

Sunday, November 14, 8–10 p.m.

Photo credit: Mose Tolliver - Self-Portrait (detail) - 20th century - house paint on plywood - University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of the Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection, 2002/1.193Logan Skelton, composer and UM professor of piano, presents settings of American artists-poets working largely behind closed doors. In this second and final concert, Skelton presents his 2003 Anderson Songs, on the writings of American artist Walter Anderson, with projected images of his art. A noted eccentric and hermit, his writings speak of the artist communing with nature and of the relationship of the human condition to the natural world. Skelton also premieres a new collection of Emily Dickinson settings. Anderson and Dickinson, working "behind closed doors," were able to develop unimpeded along their own unique paths, pursuing a pure, all-consuming artistic vision. Skelton is joined again by longtime collaborators Jennifer Goltz, soprano and Professor Stephen Lusmann, baritone.

This program is copresented by the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the UM School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts