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January 22

Mai-Thu Perret: An Ideal for Living

Saturday, January 22, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
$40 fee; registration is required: please email 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, 11–11:30 a.m.

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, 1–4 p.m.
$27 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/ $35 non-members; lab fee $10, materials included

Advance registration is required. Register online at

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, 1–2 p.m.

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, 2–3 p.m.

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, 8–11 p.m.

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