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September 29

Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series

Thursday, September 29, 5:10–7 p.m.
Historic Theater, Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

For Mark Dion, architectural follies—Baroque idiosyncratic structures, water gardens and grottos—are a model for contemporary public art practice, forcing architecture and landscape design to extremes of innovative experimentation. Dion’s large-scale public projects include a Captain Nemo-like interior constructed in a gas tank in Essen, Germany, a fire escape-like vertical garden in London, and a large scale folly in Norway featuring a massive sculpture of a sleeping bear resting on a hill of material culture from the neolithic to the present. He is currently working with the architectural firm of James Corner Field Operations on the visual art programming and redesign of the Seattle Waterfront.

With support from the Institute for the Humanities, the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and the Museum Studies Program.

Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities. Additional support is provided by our media sponsor, Michigan Radio.

Events in the Penny Stamps series are always free of charge and open to the public.

categories: Artists and Curators

Writers Series

Thursday, September 29, 5:10–7 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Tony Hoagland's latest book of poems, Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty, was published in 2010. His recognitions include the Jackson Poetry Prize, the O.B. Hardisson Award, and the Mark Twain Poetry Award. In 2005 his book of essays about poetry and craft, Real Sofistakashun, was published. He teaches in the writing program at the University of Houston.

The author will be available to sign books after the reading. As always, books are available for purchase in the Museum Store.

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

categories: Writers Series