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January 6

Writers Series

Thursday, January 6, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Charles Baxter is the author of The Soul Thief (2008); The Feast of Love, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2000 and has been made into a film by Robert Benton; and the book of poems Imaginary Paintings. He also edited Best New American Voices 2001 and was the judge for the 2004 Bakeless Prize in Fiction. He has received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix St. Valentine in France, and the Catalan Booksellers' Association Award for book of the year in Spain. He taught at the University of Michigan for many years and is currently the Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper's, among other journals and magazines. His fiction has been widely anthologized as well as translated into ten languages.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from UM alumna Helen Zell ('64). For more information, please see www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series

January 8



Saturday, January 8, 11 am - 11:30 am

Children ages 4-7 are invited to hear a story in the galleries. UMMA Student Docents will bring art to life as they read stories related to the art on display and invite responses from our youngest patrons. Parents must accompany children. Siblings are welcome to join the group. Meet at the information desk.

categories: Family, Gallery Talks and Tours



Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, January 8, 1 pm - 4 pm
$27 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/ $35 non-members; lab fee $10, materials included

Advance registration is required. Register online at annarborartcenter.org

Each workshop will explore a different artist, object, or art movement from UMMA's collections, with participants creating their own masterpiece in response.

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Saturday, January 8, 1 pm - 2 pm

Discover how artists represent the social upheavals and political forces of their times in the docent-led tour "Political and Social Expressions in Art."

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

January 9

Guided Tour

Sunday, January 9, 1 pm - 2 pm

Join the docent-led tour, "The Collector's Eye," to hear great stories about the people who made transformative gifts of art to the Museum. Who were they and why did they collect?

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, January 9, 2 pm - 3 pm

Explore contemporary Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret's multidisciplinary vision, which fuses feminist politics with classic modernist abstraction and utopian dreams.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

January 11

Special Event

Tuesday, January 11, 7:30 pm - 10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Wayne LaBar, Vice President of Exhibitions and Featured Experiences at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, will discuss methods used by the LSC to engage the public in the creation of the exhibition experience. Social media tools are used at the Center to allow visitors to interact with exhibits by applying open source, personal choice, and group participation involvement methods. Presented by the UM Museum Studies Program as part of their series Reimagining Engagement.

categories: Artists and Curators, Special Events

January 12

Jazz Series

Wednesday, January 12, 8 pm - 11 pm
Forum

Detroit trombonist Vincent Chandler is a graduate of UM and the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz at USC. Currently, he is the leader of Urban Transport, one of the most exciting young groups to come out of Metro Detroit. Chandler began his professional career by performing with Chicago Pete and The Detroiters, James Chaney, and other blues artists, which led to gigs with the Detroit Allstars. He has also played with the Gerald Wilson Big Band, Lincoln Center Big Band, Jimmy Heath, John Faddis, Joe Henderson, Stefon Harris, and Clarke Terry. He will be accompanied by three UM jazz department students--Glenn Tucker, electric keyboard; Ben Rolston, upright bass; and Jesse Crammer, drums.

This monthly series, curated by UM Associate Professor Adam Unsworth, presents outstanding local artists in an intimate setting. This series is made possible by the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

categories: Performing Arts

January 13

Special Event

Thursday, January 13, 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

In conjunction with the 2011 MLK Symposium "We the People... Realizing the Dream," Theary Seng, the founder and board president of the Cambodian Center for Justice and Reconciliation, and the founding director of CIVICUS: Center for Cambodian Civic Education, will give a talk about justice, peace, and reconciliation in Cambodia and MLK's legacy in advancing these values in Cambodia as well as across the globe.

This program is cosponsored by CSEAS, UMMA, the UM Law School, the Cambodia Law Project, the President's Advisory Board on Labor Standards and Human Rights, and the UM School of Public Health.

categories: Special Events



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

Thursday, January 13, 7 pm - 10 pm
Apse

Do you have an idea for a great story? The MothUP Student Story Slam is the place to share it. The theme for the evening is “Out of the Ordinary,” and was inspired by UMMA’s current exhibition, “Out of the Ordinary: Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art and Fusfeld Folk Art Collections,” on view through June 26, 2011. Here is how the story slam works: those in attendance are invited to put their names in a hat to be randomly selected to tell a story inspired by the evening’s theme. Throughout the evening, MothUP members will pull the names of 10 volunteer storytellers from the audience. Stories must be no longer than 5 minutes, told live and without notes. Have questions? What to volunteer? Send thoughts and questions to mothupaa@gmail.com. MothUP Ann Arbor is a student run organization that puts together live storytelling events inspired by The Moth (www.themoth.org).


This event is cosponsored by UMMA’s Student Programming and Advisory Board.


categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs

January 14

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, January 14, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Fridays from January 14 to March 25 (10 weeks)
$80 full series/$10 one-time drop-in fee (cash only)
Check-in and materials provided at the Visitor Information Desk
Register for the full series at annarborartcenter.org

Feed the spirit and the mind and learn to draw on your lunch break. This drop-in gallery class offered by the Ann Arbor Art Center provides you with the opportunity to learn to draw with works in UMMA's collections as your inspiration. Learn the powers of close observation and experiment with proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition, and personal style. No experience necessary — all are welcome!

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Friday, January 14, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Finish your lunch then feed your spirit with art of the world. Come in to the beautiful and warm UMMA environment for a tour designed specifically for the lunch hour. Student Docents will offer you 30 minutes of conversation about art in the UMMA galleries around entertaining themes such as life, love, and heroes.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



The Ark at UMMA

Friday, January 14, 8 pm - 11 pm
Commons

This series, now in its second year, invites student songwriters from the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Washtenaw Community College to submit their original music demos in order to compete for a live performance showcase at UMMA and a chance to perform at The Ark. Students will perform at three showcases in January, February, and March. Finalists from each showcase will perform at the finale on March 25, during which the winner will be announced. Join our email list to find out who will be performing! Send your email address to Emily@theark.org. Visit www.theark.org for more detailed information.

categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs

January 15

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, January 15, 10 am - 12 pm
$37 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$45 non-members; lab fee $20, materials included
Advance registration is required. Register online at annarborartcenter.org

Create a beautiful representation of a work from UMMA collections and learn the popular photographic techniques of emulsion lift and image transfer.

categories: Artmaking



Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, January 15, 1 pm - 4 pm
$27 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/ $35 non-members; lab fee $10, materials included

Advance registration is required. Register online at annarborartcenter.org

Each workshop will explore a different artist, object, or art movement from UMMA's collections, with participants creating their own masterpiece in response.

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Saturday, January 15, 1 pm - 2 pm

Join the docent-led tour, "The Collector's Eye," to hear great stories about the people who made transformative gifts of art to the Museum. Who were they and why did they collect?

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Saturday, January 15, 2 pm - 3 pm

Explore contemporary Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret's multidisciplinary vision, which fuses feminist politics with classic modernist abstraction and utopian dreams.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

January 16

Guided Tour

Sunday, January 16, 1 pm - 2 pm

Discover how artists represent the social upheavals and political forces of their times in the docent-led tour "Political and Social Expressions in Art."

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, January 16, 2 pm - 3 pm

Explore contemporary Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret's multidisciplinary vision, which fuses feminist politics with classic modernist abstraction and utopian dreams.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

January 18

Context for Classics

Tuesday, January 18, 5 pm - 7 pm
Apse

Visitors to the Museum's Apse can't help but notice the dramatic figure of Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii. This statue, the work of 19th-century American artist Randolph Rogers, was inspired by Edward Bulwer-Lytton's once-popular novel, The Last Days of Pompeii, in which the fiery eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the pain of unrequited love bring Nydia to a tragic end. How is Rogers's much-admired statue, which embodies the reception of classical culture in the Victorian era, viewed today? UM scholars and artists Lucy Hartley (English), John Kannenberg (School of Art and Design), Mira Seo (Classical Studies), Tobin Siebers (English), and Keith Taylor (English) offer their perspectives.

This program is the second in the Context for Classics series Objects as Texts and is cosponsored by UMMA. For more information about Contexts for Classics, please visit http://www.umich.edu/~cfc/

categories: Artists and Curators

January 20

Writers Series

Thursday, January 20, 5:10 pm - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Ish Klein is the author of Union! (2009) and For the New Manchurians (forthcoming in 2011). Her poems have been printed in The Canary, Gare du Nord, The Hat, The Recluse, H NGM N, Saltgrass, Lungfull!, and other publications. She also makes movies, puppets, and plays.

John Beer is the author of the poetry collection The Waste Land and Other Poems, (2010). Associative and imaginative, his work has been compared to that of John Ashbery. Poet Lewis Warsh wrote that The Waste Land and Other Poems "embraces and distills 'the bad dream' and all 'the muck' of the recent past, but the momentum of this book is full speed ahead." Beer's criticism has appeared in Verse, the Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, and other magazines. He is a theater columnist for Time Out Chicago.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from UM alumna Helen Zell ('64). For more information, please see www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series



Lecture

Thursday, January 20, 7:30 pm - 10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Paul Tapsell from the University of Otago (New Zealand) will speak about strategies for displaying ancestral treasures of the Maori culture to appropriately reflect the philosophy of the people. The exhibition's design strives to engage all viewers while capturing the ancestral history of this indigenous community.

Presented by the UM Museum Studies Program.

categories: Artists and Curators



Third Thursdays

Thursday, January 20, 8 pm - 10 pm
Commons

Helping you fulfill your New Year's Resolution to see more free improv comedy, the Impro-fessionals will be performing live at the UMMA! Expect a plethora of long and short form games, all never-before-seen, off the cuff, no scripts attached! The performance will last for fifty minutes.


This event is sponsored by UMMA's Student Programming and Advisory Board

categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs

January 21

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, January 21, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Fridays from January 14 to March 25 (10 weeks)
$80 full series/$10 one-time drop-in fee (cash only)
Check-in and materials provided at the Visitor Information Desk
Register for the full series at annarborartcenter.org

Feed the spirit and the mind and learn to draw on your lunch break. This drop-in gallery class offered by instructor Heather Accurso provides you with the opportunity to learn to draw with works in UMMA's collections as your inspiration. Learn the powers of close observation and experiment with proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition, and personal style. No experience necessary — all are welcome!

categories: Artmaking



Mark Webster Reading Series

Friday, January 21, 7 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. We encourage you to bring your friends—a Webster reading makes for an enjoyable and enlightening Friday evening.

categories: UM Student Programs

January 22

Mai-Thu Perret: An Ideal for Living

Saturday, January 22, 9 am - 3 pm
$40 fee; registration is required: please email preister@umich.edu to register.

Artist and educator Olivia Gude, professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will lead a workshop in conjunction with the exhibition Mai-Thu Perret: An Ideal for Living. Known for her lectures and workshops on the transformation of art education, Gude's work explores the collaborative development of curriculum based on postmodern art and community issues. Her research identifies new paradigms for structuring visual art curricula and is described in Postmodern Principles: In Search of a 21st Century Art Education and Principles of Possibility: Considerations for a 21st Century Art and Culture Curriculum. She is actively involved in monumental urban projects, teen art workshops, and collaboration among a myriad of constituencies—artists, architects, planners, educators, community leaders, and intergenerational groups.

Gude has received many grants, commissions, and awards, including National Endowment for the Arts grants to create public artworks (1993 and 2004) and the Viktor Lowenfeld Award by the National Art Education Association for her contributions to the field of art education (2009). She is the Founding Director of the Spiral Workshop, a curriculum research project, and a member of the Public Program and Education Advisory Board for Art21 and the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education.

This workshop is supported by the Monroe Brown Endowment.

Mai-Thu Perret: An Ideal for Living and related programs are made possible in part by the University of Michigan Health System, Office of the Provost, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Macy's, and other generous donors.

categories: Artmaking, Exhibitions Related Program





Saturday, January 22, 11 am - 11:30 am

Children ages 4-7 are invited to hear a story in the galleries. UMMA Student Docents will bring art to life as they read stories related to the art on display and invite responses from our youngest patrons. Parents must accompany children. Siblings are welcome to join the group. Meet at the information desk.

categories: Family, Gallery Talks and Tours



Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, January 22, 1 pm - 4 pm
$27 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/ $35 non-members; lab fee $10, materials included

Advance registration is required. Register online at annarborartcenter.org

Each workshop will explore a different artist, object, or art movement from UMMA's collections, with participants creating their own masterpiece in response.

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Saturday, January 22, 1 pm - 2 pm

Discover how artists represent the social upheavals and political forces of their times in the docent-led tour "Political and Social Expressions in Art."

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Saturday, January 22, 2 pm - 3 pm

Explore contemporary Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret's multidisciplinary vision, which fuses feminist politics with classic modernist abstraction and utopian dreams.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



UMMA Projects: Simon Dybbroe Møller

Saturday, January 22, 8 pm - 11 pm
Apse

Professors Freda Herseth, mezzo-soprano, and Andrew Jennings, violin, present one of the 20th century's most powerful and challenging modernist chamber works, György Kurtág's 1986 Kafka Fragments. The concert is conceived as a musical corollary to UMMA's quasi-architectural installation by Danish artist Simon Dybbroe M∅ller entitled Brain, in which the modernist ideals of rationality and transparency are confronted with the uncertainty and fallibility of personal memory. The exhibition will be open for viewing from 7:30 to 8 pm and during intermission.

The SMTD at UMMA concert series is copresented by the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the UM School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, with additional support by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

Simon Dybbroe M∅ller's project is made possible in part by The Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Art, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, and other generous donors.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts

January 23

Guided Tour

Sunday, January 23, 1 pm - 2 pm

Join the docent-led tour, "The Collector's Eye," to hear great stories about the people who made transformative gifts of art to the Museum. Who were they and why did they collect?

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, January 23, 2 pm - 3 pm

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

January 25

Film

Tuesday, January 25, 7 pm - 10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Good Fortune explores how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development organizations, Good Fortune examines the real-world impact of international aid.

This program is presented by the UM Center for Ethics in Public Life.


categories: Film

January 27

Writers Series

Thursday, January 27, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Campbell McGrath has published numerous collections of poetry, including Spring Comes to Chicago, which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. In awarding the prize, poet Garrett Hongo labeled McGrath's unique tone "ironic romanticism." The centerpiece of the collection and McGrath's most well-known poem is "The Bob Hope Poem," a 70-page opus modeled on Robert Pinsky's "An Explanation of America" and James McMichael's "Four Good Things." In a 2005 interview McGrath explained that the poem's shape "is not a narrative but a symphonic structure." McGrath is also the co-translator of Aristophanes's The Wasps. He has won a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares literary journal, and a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been widely anthologized, including in The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (1999), The New American Poets (2000), and Great American Prose Poems (2003). McGrath has taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Florida International University.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from UM alumna Helen Zell ('64). For more information, please see www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series

January 28

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, January 28, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Fridays from January 14 to March 25 (10 weeks)
$80 full series/$10 one-time drop-in fee (cash only)
Check-in and materials provided at the Visitor Information Desk
Register for the full series at annarborartcenter.org

Feed the spirit and the mind and learn to draw on your lunch break. This drop-in gallery class offered by instructor Heather Accurso provides you with the opportunity to learn to draw with works in UMMA's collections as your inspiration. Learn the powers of close observation and experiment with proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition, and personal style. No experience necessary — all are welcome!

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Friday, January 28, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Finish your lunch then feed your spirit with art of the world. Come in to the beautiful and warm UMMA environment for a tour designed specifically for the lunch hour. Student Docents will offer you 30 minutes of conversation about art in the UMMA galleries around entertaining themes such as life, love, and heroes.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Mark Webster Reading Series

Friday, January 28, 7 pm - 10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

One MFA student of fiction and of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. We encourage you to bring your friends—a Webster reading makes for an enjoyable and enlightening Friday evening.

categories: Writers Series

January 29

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, January 29, 1 pm - 4 pm
$27 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$35 non-members; lab fee $10, materials included
Advance registration is required. Register online at annarborartcenter.org

Study color theory with an emphasis on optical mixtures. Students will take part in a Pointillist exercise, creating a painting that takes unexpected shape!

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Saturday, January 29, 1 pm - 2 pm

Join the docent-led tour, "The Collector's Eye," to hear great stories about the people who made transformative gifts of art to the Museum. Who were they and why did they collect?

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Saturday, January 29, 2 pm - 3 pm

Explore contemporary Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret's multidisciplinary vision, which fuses feminist politics with classic modernist abstraction and utopian dreams.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Concert

Saturday, January 29, 7 pm - 10 pm
Apse

Graduate conducting and harpsichord student Brandon Straub leads an ensemble of faculty and students in a performance of J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. Presented in their entirety, this concert offers the unusual opportunity to experience Bach's exploration of the concerto grosso's formal and expressive possibilities. This concert shares its inspiration with the Museum's series of prints by William Hogarth, on view beginning January 18, in which the artist also creatively and expressively explores an established form.

The SMTD at UMMA concert series is copresented by the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the UM School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, with additional support from the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

categories: Performing Arts

January 30

Guided Tour

Sunday, January 30, 1 pm - 2 pm

Discover how artists represent the social upheavals and political forces of their times in the docent-led tour "Political and Social Expressions in Art."

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Special Event

Sunday, January 30, 2 pm - 4 pm
Freer House, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute/Wayne State University
Wayne State University
71 East Ferry
Detroit, MI 48202
$10, $5 for students; RSVP to Rose Foster (313.872.1790 or rmfoster@wayne.edu) by January 27

In 1910, UMMA's Alumni Memorial Hall opened with a groundbreaking exhibition organized by Detroit industrialist and art collector, Charles L. Freer. The exhibition attracted national attention for its innovative display of art from Western and Eastern traditions. This lecture by UM doctoral students Anna Wieck, Mei-Chen Pan, and Sarah Gothie sheds new light on Freer's legacy at UM. It is the culmination of a project initiated by the Friends of the Freer House with the UM Museum Studies Program. Reception and tours of Freer House will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the Friends of the Freer House, UMMA, and the UM Museum Studies Program. For additional information, please visit: http://mpsi.wayne.edu/freer-events.php

categories: Special Events



Guided Tour

Sunday, January 30, 2 pm - 3 pm

Explore contemporary Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret's multidisciplinary vision, which fuses feminist politics with classic modernist abstraction and utopian dreams.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours