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October 1



Saturday, October 1, 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

October 2

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 2, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA's award-winning docents will guide visitors to experience art through active looking at selected highlights of the collections. Expect a lively and engaging conversation on a different theme each week. Selections from "Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints" will be included during the run of that exhibition.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, October 2, 2 pm - 3 pm

Join a docent tour of Multiple Impressions, the largest and most diverse exhibition of contemporary Chinese prints to be seen in the US since 2000. Learn about the diversity of the contemporary art world in China and the fascinating techniques used to make these works.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Special Event

Sunday, October 2, 2 pm - 3:15 pm
Hussey Room, Michigan League
Maria Cotera, Associate Professor, Program in American Culture, UM
Raymond Silverman, Director, Museum Studies Program; Professor History of Art and Afroamerican & African Studies
Aimee VonBokel, PhD student, American Culture and Museum Studies, UM

This conversation will explore two community-based projects involving the development of museums or cultural centers, one in Ghana and the other in Detroit. The presenters will discuss these community collaborations and the complexities and ambiguities of the citizens working on these projects who have differing visions for a community-based museum.

This event is sponsored by the Museum Studies Program at the University of Michigan.

categories: Artists and Curators, Special Events

October 3

Writers Series

Monday, October 3, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Apse

Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco. She is the author of The Invisible Circus, a novel that became a feature film starting Cameron Diaz in 2001; Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2001; Emerald City and Other Stories; and The Keep, which was a national bestseller. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, McSweeney’s, and other magazines. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. Her nonfiction appears frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award, and her most recent article, “The Bipolar Kid,” received a 2009 NAMI Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Her latest book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, was published in June 2010 and won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. It is also a finalist for the Pen Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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 www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: UMMA Shuffle, Writers Series

October 4

Special Event

Tuesday, October 4, 5 pm - 5 pm
Multipurpose Room
Advance registration required: mhealthy.umich.edu/exercise; class #912204-04; $65 UM employees/$75 non-UM

Tuesdays through December 13th. Participate in the ancient practice of yoga in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum of Art. Based in the Hatha style, this one-hour class encourages relaxation, strength, flexibility, and balance with an emphasis on integrated breathing techniques in standing, sitting, and supine yoga postures. All levels welcome. Contact 734-975-3056 or cmgi@umich.edu for more information.

categories: Special Events

October 5

Writers Series

Wednesday, October 5, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco. She is the author of The Invisible Circus, a novel that became a feature film starting Cameron Diaz in 2001; Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2001; Emerald City and Other Stories; and The Keep, which was a national bestseller. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, McSweeney’s, and other magazines. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. Her nonfiction appears frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award, and her most recent article, “The Bipolar Kid,” received a 2009 NAMI Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Her latest book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, was published in June 2010 and won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. It is also a finalist for the Pen Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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

October 6

Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series

Thursday, October 6, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Historic Theater, Michigan Theater

"Oneness" is a consistent concept in Mariko Mori's work—a world in which human beings are one with nature, where the rhythm of humanity moves in concert with that of the natural environment. Her current projects aim to evoke this memory in our consciousness and to celebrate the existing balance in nature, using themes of life, death, rebirth and the universe. Her large sculptures such as Tom Na Hiu (2006) and Plant Opal (2009), contain elements that interact with their natural environments. Mori's most recent project is Primal Rhythm, a monumental permanent installation at Seven Light Bay in Miyako Island, Okinawa.

With support from the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, the Center for Japanese Studies and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA).

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, October 6, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Stacey D’Erasmo is the author of the novels Tea, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; A Seahorse Year, which was named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and Newsday and won both a Lambda Literary Award and a Ferro-Grumley Award; and The Sky Below, which was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction. Her essays, features, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Book Review, Boston Review, Bookforum, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University from 1995 to 1997, and in May 2011, she was in residence at the American Academy in Rome as the 2010-11 Sovern/Columbia Affiliated Fellow. She is currently Assistant Professor of writing at Columbia University.

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

categories: Writers Series

October 7

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, October 7, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$10 one-time drop-in fee (cash only), materials included
Pre-register for all 12 classes: $100 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $120 non-members, materials included.
Register online at annarborartcenter.org. Pick up materials at the information desk.

This drop-in gallery class offers an opportunity to be more than an observer at the Museum. With the guidance of the instructor, learn to observe the works in the UMMA collections; experiment with proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition, and personal style. No experience necessary; all are welcome!

categories: Artmaking



The Ark at UMMA

Friday, October 7, 8 pm - 10 pm
Commons

The Ark at UMMA invites student songwriters from the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, and Concordia University to submit their original music demos in order to compete for a live performance at UMMA and a chance to perform at The Ark. This student songwriter series is designed to create opportunities for students in the community to have their music heard, learn about promoting their music, and experience important aspects of the music business firsthand.

Three performance showcases--on Friday, October 7, Friday, October 21 and Friday, November 4--will feature the best of the student songwriters selected by The Ark staff from contest submissions. The final performance on Friday, December 9 will feature all performers from the October and November showcases and will culminate in the announcement of the winner of the series. The winning singer-songwriter will play an opening performance at The Ark.

Email Emily@theark.org or visit www.theark.org for more detailed information.

categories: Performing Arts

October 8

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, October 8, 10 am - 1 pm
Multipurpose Room
$28 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included
Advance registration required by September 7. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Discover the techniques and observations necessary to make the dynamic and simple brush strokes of Japanese art. Join the instructor in the process of learning to create vital images of animals, nature, and saints in brush and ink.

categories: Artmaking

October 9

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 9, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA's award-winning docents will guide visitors to experience art through active looking at selected highlights of the collections. Expect a lively and engaging conversation on a different theme each week. Selections from "Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints" will be included during the run of that exhibition.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, October 9, 2 pm - 3 pm

Join a docent tour of Multiple Impressions, the largest and most diverse exhibition of contemporary Chinese prints to be seen in the US since 2000. Learn about the diversity of the contemporary art world in China and the fascinating techniques used to make these works.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints

Sunday, October 9, 3 pm - 5 pm
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I

For a printmaker’s perspective on the complex and engaging works in the Multiple Impressions exhibition, join artist Endi Poskovic for an informal conversation in the galleries. Although he works in diverse print media, Poskovic has commented about woodblock printing that “the knowledge that block printing could be as ‘cutting edge’ as any new, technology-supported media was enormously stimulating” for his own work.

Born in Sarajevo and educated in Sarajevo and in the US, Poskovic’s graphic work invokes influences as disparate as early cinema, classic Japanese woodcut prints, devotional pictures, and Eastern European propaganda posters. His work is widely exhibited, including most recently in the 14th Taipei International Print Biennial, and the 2009 Krakow International Print Triennial, and is found in museum collections in the US, Egypt, Taiwan, Poland, Finland, and France. Poskovic is Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, as well as at the University of Michigan Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Multiple Impressions was organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art with the cooperation and support of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. It is made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, Confucius Institute, and Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program



SMTD@UMMA

Sunday, October 9, 7 pm - 9 pm
Forum

Under the direction of UM Department of Dance faculty Amy Chavasse and Peter Sparling, students perform in movement dialogue with outdoor works Orion and Shang and alongside smaller works in the special exhibition Mark di Suvero: Tabletops.

The exhibition gallery will be open until 9 pm for guests to enjoy. Also don’t miss the screening of North Star: Mark di Suvero (1977, de Menil and Rose, 33 minutes), an illuminating portrait of the artist with an original music score by Philip Glass, at 8:15 in the Helmut Stern Auditorium.

The SMTD@UMMA concert series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund. This exhibition is made possible in part by the Office of the President of the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan Health System, and Laura Lynch and Hugh McPherson.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts

October 11

Special Event

Tuesday, October 11, 5 pm - 6 pm
Multipurpose Room
Advance registration required: mhealthy.umich.edu/exercise; class #912204-04; $65 UM employees/$75 non-UM

Tuesdays through December 13th. Participate in the ancient practice of yoga in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum of Art. Based in the Hatha style, this one-hour class encourages relaxation, strength, flexibility, and balance with an emphasis on integrated breathing techniques in standing, sitting, and supine yoga postures. All levels welcome. Contact 734-975-3056 or cmgi@umich.edu for more information.

categories: Special Events



Film

Tuesday, October 11, 7 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

During slavery, Faubourg Tremé was both home to the largest community of free African American people in the Deep South and a hotbed of political ferment. The film follows New Orleans Times Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie as he begins to renovate an historic house in Tremé and in the process becomes obsessed with the area's mysterious and neglected past. The film was executive produced by Wynton Marsalis.

This program is part of the UMS on Film series designed to expand understanding of the artists and cultures represented on the UMS season. Each film is introduced by a cultural expert and reveals something of the emotions and ideas behind the creative process. For more information, please visit http://www.ums.org.

categories: Film

October 12

Jazz Series

Wednesday, October 12, 8 pm - 10 pm
Forum

Sean Dobbins, known for his hard-driving, solid rhythm, and refreshing melodic sensibility, is joined by Kurt Krahnke (bass) and Tad Weed (piano) for the second appearance in the UMMA Jazz Series of this phenomenal trio.

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

October 13

Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints

Thursday, October 13, 7 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium
Reception, Commons, 6 pm

Printmaker Chen Qi will introduce developments in contemporary Chinese printmaking and discuss what topics attract printmakers' attention. By examining works of representative artists in the exhibition, such as that of Xu Bing as well as his own work, Professor Qi will outline central concepts underlying contemporary printmaking. Tony Chang, who curated a recent solo exhibition of Chen's work has commented, “Through more than two decades of perseverance, Chen Qi has enriched the expressive power of water-based printmaking language by expanding the medium into the unknown realms of the conceptual and pushing his works beyond the limitations of painting.” And J. S. Edgren of Princeton University’s Chinese Rare Book Project offered this appreciation of the artist: "Chen Qi is an artist full of energy and imagination from whom we may not know what to expect next, but we may always be sure that his artistic production will sing the praises of paper and ink."

Born in 1963, Chen Qi was trained as a printmaker at the Nanjing Art Academy. He is now a professor in the Prints Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. The several prominent prizes that he has received include the gold medal of the 13th National Print Exhibition (1996). His works have been collected by the China National Art Museum, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the New York Public Library, and the Shanghai Museum.

This program is organized and supported by the Center for Chinese Studies of the UM International Institute in conjunction with UMMA’s current exhibition, Multiple Impressions: Chinese Contemporary Woodblock Prints and as part of the 50th anniversary celebration for CCS.

Multiple Impressions was organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art with the cooperation and support of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. It is made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, Confucius Institute, and Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program

October 14

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, October 14, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$10 one-time drop-in fee (cash only), materials included
Pre-register for all 12 classes: $100 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $120 non-members, materials included. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.
Pick up materials at the information desk.

This drop-in gallery class offers an opportunity to be more than an observer at the Museum. With the guidance of the instructor, learn to observe the works in the UMMA collections; experiment with proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition, and personal style. No experience necessary; all are welcome!

categories: Artmaking



Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, October 14, 2:30 pm - 5 pm
Multipurpose Room
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$170 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $188 non-members, $10 lab fee. Advance registration required by Friday, September 16.  Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

On Fridays from September 30-November 18th, learn how to mix colored pencil through layering and blending in this 8-week workshop. Create abstract compositions, draw sumptuous fruit and vegetable still life arrangements, and use photographs or works from the UMMA collections as sources for inspiration and content. Develop a visual and verbal grasp of color theory while simultaneously pursuing an expressive personal style. Students bring their own materials. Supply list provided upon registration.

categories: Artmaking

October 15

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, October 15, 10 am - 1 pm
Multipurpose Room
Instructor: Christina Burch
$28 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included
Advance registration required by Wednesday, October 12. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Explore the exhibition Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints and gain an appreciation for the highly refined sense of beauty in Japanese and Chinese Art. We will consider some central themes of Buddhist and Shinto culture that inform these unique sensibilities. Students will learn basic woodblock printmaking and make a set of hand-printed note cards. All levels welcome.

Multiple Impressions was organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art with the cooperation and support of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. It is made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, Confucius Institute, and Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

categories: Artmaking

October 16

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 16, 1 pm - 2 pm


UMMA's award-winning docents will guide visitors to experience art through active looking at selected highlights of the collections. Expect a lively and engaging conversation on a different theme each week. Selections from "Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints" will be included during the run of that exhibition.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, October 16, 2 pm - 3 pm

Join a docent tour of Multiple Impressions, the largest and most diverse exhibition of contemporary Chinese prints to be seen in the US since 2000. Learn about the diversity of the contemporary art world in China and the fascinating techniques used to make these works.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

October 18

Special Event

Tuesday, October 18, 5 pm - 6 pm
Multipurpose Room
Advance registration required: mhealthy.umich.edu/exercise; class #912204-04; $65 UM employees/$75 non-UM

Tuesdays through December 13th. Participate in the ancient practice of yoga in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum of Art. Based in the Hatha style, this one-hour class encourages relaxation, strength, flexibility, and balance with an emphasis on integrated breathing techniques in standing, sitting, and supine yoga postures. All levels welcome. Contact 734-975-3056 or cmgi@umich.edu for more information.

categories: Special Events

October 19

Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints

Wednesday, October 19, 4 pm - 8 pm
Multipurpose Room
Reservations are required.  Please email Jann Wesolek at jannwes@umich.edu by October 13, 2011.

The exhibition Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints presents works by forty-one leading printmakers from contemporary China and showcases the extraordinary innovations, in both technique and conception, which have transformed this long-established art form in recent years. This teacher workshop will provide an important framework for understanding both contemporary art from China and contemporary Chinese society. Local educators with an interest in dynamic and popular print media as well as anyone with an interest in contemporary China will find this workshop interesting and valuable. The workshop will feature a gallery talk by guest curator Dr. Xiaobing Tang, Helmut F. Stern Professor of Modern Chinese Studies at UM, and a presentation on context for contemporary art and culture in China. Hands-on printmaking activities, a light meal, and a file of lesson plans and contextual information will be available to all participants.

Multiple Impressions was organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art with the cooperation and support of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. It is made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, Confucius Institute, and Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Additionally, UMMA gratefully acknowledges the University of Michigan Office of the President and Office of the Provost for their ongoing support.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program

October 20

Writers Series

Thursday, October 20, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Connie Voisine is Associate Professor of English at New Mexico State University, where she directs the creative writing program. Educated at Yale University, she received her MFA from the University of California at Irvine and her PhD from the University of Utah. Her book, Cathedral of the North, was selected as the winner of the AWP Award in Poetry. Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream was published in 2008 and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

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 www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series



Third Thursdays

Thursday, October 20, 8 pm - 10 pm
Commons

Bhajanpreet Singh Kohli has been playing the tabla, a drum from the Indian subcontinent, since he was four years old. Primarily self-taught, he has taken lessons from various teachers, including Jagjit Singh Soni, a student of Allah Rakha and the current world record holder of the longest drum solo (110 hours). Kohli's inspirations in tabla are Soni, Allah Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Sukhvinder Pinky Singh, and Tari Khan.

Kohli's piece will begin with a brief introduction to the tabla and Indian classical music, followed by a few basic bols (notes) and compositions. Then, Kohli will play a few contemporary compositions and end with a classical duet, accompanied by Indervir Singh on Sitar.

This exciting performance series falls on the third Thursday of each month and features student performers who work in a variety of media, including music, comedy, and spoken word. It’s a great way to spend an evening with your friends and to experience the exceptional talent of UM students. This series is curated and produced by UMMA’s Student Programming and Advisory Board. Students interested in performing may view application details at www.umma.umich.edu/for-students/.

This program is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Credit Union.

categories: UM Student Programs

October 21

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, October 21, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$10 one-time drop-in fee (cash only), materials included
Pre-register for all 12 classes: $100 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $120 non-members, materials included. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.
Pick up materials at the information desk.

This drop-in gallery class offers an opportunity to be more than an observer at the Museum. With the guidance of the instructor, learn to observe the works in the UMMA collections; experiment with proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition, and personal style. No experience necessary; all are welcome!

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Friday, October 21, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Designed specifically for the lunch hour, UMMA students will offer 30 minutes of conversation about art in the UMMA galleries around fresh and entertaining themes such as inspiration, love, heroes, and more. Meet at Information Desk.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, October 21, 2:30 pm - 5 pm
Multipurpose Room
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$170 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $188 non-members, $10 lab fee. Advance registration required by Friday, September 16. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

On Fridays from September 30-November 18th, learn how to mix colored pencil through layering and blending in this 8-week workshop. Create abstract compositions, draw sumptuous fruit and vegetable still life arrangements, and use photographs or works from the UMMA collections as sources for inspiration and content. Develop a visual and verbal grasp of color theory while simultaneously pursuing an expressive personal style. Students bring their own materials. Supply list provided upon registration.

categories: Artmaking



Mark Webster Reading Series

Friday, October 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



The Ark at UMMA

Friday, October 21, 8 pm - 10 pm
Commons

The Ark at UMMA invites student songwriters from the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, and Concordia University to submit their original music demos in order to compete for a live performance at UMMA and a chance to perform at The Ark. This student songwriter series is designed to create opportunities for students in the community to have their music heard, learn about promoting their music, and experience important aspects of the music business firsthand.

This event is the second of three performance showcases which feature the best of the student songwriters selected by the Ark staff from the contest submissions. The final performance on Friday, December 9 will feature all performers from the October and November showcases and will culminate in the announcement of the winner of the series. The winning singer-songwriter will booked for an opening performance at The Ark.

Email Emily@theark.org or visit www.theark.org for more detailed information.

categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs

October 22

Special Event

Saturday, October 22, 9 am - 5 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

When and under what circumstances do people invent the concept of “the other”? This question has been posed and responded to many times over in a largely modern, colonial, and Eurocentric context. However, the invention of “others” is not simply a European prerogative: it is a practice common to cultures and societies throughout the world, past and present. This timely symposium proposes to examine these issues in a visually rich, historically grounded, and contextualized collection of talks and discussions that focus critical analytic attention on the manifold Asian imagination and its invention of “others.” It seeks to highlight and examine the robust and visually potent technologies of “othering” deployed in Asia by Asians past and present while addressing the multiple contexts, regional variations, and sets of interests, involved. In this way, the symposium will focus on both multi-media representations of "others" and on how and why these variable constructions were mobilized around complex cross- and intra-cultural negotiations over time.

Speaker details are posted on the History of Art website www.lsa.umich.edu/histart.

categories: Special Events



Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, October 22, 10 am - 1 pm
Multipurpose Room
$28 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included
Advance registration required by Wednesday, October 19. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

In each workshop, students will explore a different artist, artifact, or art movement from the permanent collection. Guided by an Ann Arbor Art Center instructor, students will learn proportion, perspective, line quality, value and composition. Sign up for one class or sign up for the whole series. All levels welcome.

categories: Artmaking





Saturday, October 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, October 22, 1 pm - 4 pm
Multipurpose Room
$28 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included
Advance registration required by Wednesday, September 21. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Guided by an Ann Arbor Art Center instructor, families will learn how to talk about what they see and to create art themselves. In each workshop, parents and children will explore a different artist, artifact, or art movement from the permanent collections. Sign up for one class or sign up for the whole series. All materials included. Price includes instruction for two family members and supplies for one shared project. No children under 5; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

categories: Artmaking, Family

October 23

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 23, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA's award-winning docents will guide visitors to experience art through active looking at selected highlights of the collections. Expect a lively and engaging conversation on a different theme each week. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Special Event

Sunday, October 23, 2 pm - 3:30 pm
Hussey Room, Michigan League

This talk explores the impact of long term economic malaise and rapidly changing technology on public attitudes towards libraries, archives, and museums. It also considers new found institutional interest in audiences and their needs and the formal obligations of collecting repositories to serve "the public good.”
Participants:
Margaret Hedstrom, Associate Dean & Professor, School of Information, UM
Bradley Taylor, Associate Director, Museum Studies Program

This event is sponsored by the Museum Studies Program at the University of Michigan.

categories: Special Events



Guided Tour

Sunday, October 23, 2 pm - 3 pm

Join a docent tour of Multiple Impressions, the largest and most diverse exhibition of contemporary Chinese prints to be seen in the US since 2000. Learn about the diversity of the contemporary art world in China and the fascinating techniques used to make these works.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints

Sunday, October 23, 8 pm - 10 pm
Apse

In association with the exhibition Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints the SMTD@UMMA series is pleased to present an evening of chamber music that explores the wide variety and long history of musical sounds made by wooden instruments. Performed by students and faculty on violins, cellos, guitars, marimbas and woodblocks, recorders, clarinets, and bassoons, wood will thud, ring, and hoot.

The SMTD@UMMA concert series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

Multiple Impressions was organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art with the cooperation and support of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. It is made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, Confucius Institute, and Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts

October 25

Special Event

Tuesday, October 25, 5 pm - 6 pm
Multipurpose Room
Advance registration required: mhealthy.umich.edu/exercise; class #912204-04; $65 UM employees/$75 non-UM

Tuesdays through December 13th. Participate in the ancient practice of yoga in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum of Art. Based in the Hatha style, this one-hour class encourages relaxation, strength, flexibility, and balance with an emphasis on integrated breathing techniques in standing, sitting, and supine yoga postures. All levels welcome. Contact 734-975-3056 or cmgi@umich.edu for more information.

categories: Special Events

October 27

Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series

Thursday, October 27, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Historic Theater, Michigan Theater

For Emily Pilloton and her non-profit agency Project H Design, design is a process of building and activism to benefit the community. Pilloton and her partner, Matthew Miller, also developed and teach Studio H, a design/build high school curriculum in the poorest county in North Carolina. In one year, her students earn college and high school credits researching, designing, and constructing a contextually responsive and socially transformative piece of full-scale architecture for their home town. This is the only full-scale design/build program at a high school level in the country. Pilloton has appeared at TED and on the Colbert Report, and authored the book Design Revolution.

With support from Arts Engine and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA).

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, October 27, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Poets Vievee Francis, Mary Leader, and Mark Turcotte are joined by their editors—Parneshia Jones, Tony Frazer, and Reginald Gibbons, respectively—to read from recent books and to discuss the collaborative process of bringing a book of poetry into print.

Vievee Francis is the author the forthcoming Horse in the Dark, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize, and of Blue-Tail Fly, a collection of poems published by Wayne State University Press in 2006. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in many journals, anthologies, and textbooks, including Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, Approaching Literature: Reading Writing and Thinking, Best American Poetry 2010 and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She earned her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was the 2009/2010 Poet in Residence for the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program. She is the recipient of a 2009 Rona Jaffe Award, a 2010 Kresge Artist Fellowship, and Callaloo and Cave Canem fellowships.

Mary Leader began writing poems in the midst of a career as a lawyer in her home state of Oklahoma, first as an Assistant State Attorney General and later as a Referee for the Oklahoma Supreme Court. She is the author of two award-winning books in the United States: Red Signature, a selection of the 1996 National Poetry Series, published by Graywolf Press in 1997; and The Penultimate Suitor, winner of the 2000 Iowa Poetry Prize, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2001.

Mark Turcotte spent his earliest years on North Dakota’s Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation and in the migrant camps of the western United States. Later, he grew up in and around Lansing, Michigan, then traveled the country, working and living on the road for nearly fifteen years before landing in Chicago where he began writing in earnest. Turcotte is author of four poetry collections, including The Feathered Heart and Exploding Chippewas. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in many literary journals, including TriQuarterly, POETRY, Hunger Mountain, Rosebud, Prairie Schooner, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Sentence and The Missouri Review, and has been anthologized in The POETRY Anthology, 1912–2002 and Poetry Daily: 366, among other collections.

He has been the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Literary Grant, and has also been awarded two Literary Fellowships by the Wisconsin Arts Board. He was a writer-in-residence for the National Book Foundation’s “American Voices project,” and was awarded a Lannan Writer’s Residency in Marfa, Texas. After receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, Turcotte served as the 2008–2009 Visiting Native Writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He lives in Chicago where he is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at DePaul University.

The authors 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 www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series

October 28

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, October 28, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$10 one-time drop-in fee (cash only), materials included
Pre-register for all 12 classes: $100 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $120 non-members, materials included. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.
Pick up materials at the information desk.

This drop-in gallery class offers an opportunity to be more than an observer at the Museum. With the guidance of the instructor, learn to observe the works in the UMMA collections; experiment with proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition, and personal style. No experience necessary; all are welcome!

categories: Artmaking



Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, October 28, 2:30 pm - 5 pm
Multipurpose Room
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$170 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $188 non-members, $10 lab fee. Advance registration required by Friday, September 16. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

On Fridays from September 30-November 18th, learn how to mix colored pencil through layering and blending in this 8-week workshop. Create abstract compositions, draw sumptuous fruit and vegetable still life arrangements, and use photographs or works from the UMMA collections as sources for inspiration and content. Develop a visual and verbal grasp of color theory while simultaneously pursuing an expressive personal style. Students bring their own materials. Supply list provided upon registration.

categories: Artmaking

October 30

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 30, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA's award-winning docents will guide visitors to experience art through active looking at selected highlights of the collections. Expect a lively and engaging conversation on a different theme each week. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, October 30, 2 pm - 3 pm

Best known for his dynamic and monumental works of industrial steel and salvaged materials, Mark di Suvero also created smaller scale pieces, or tabletops, from the 1950s to the present. The tabletops in this exhibition are expressionistic and engaging, an outlet for exploring ideas relating to the calligraphic nature of form, balance, proportion, and movement.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

October 31

Writers Series

Monday, October 31, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Anne Stevenson, born in England and educated in Ann Arbor, won a Hopwood Award for Poetry in 1954, the year she graduated from the University of Michigan. Since then, she has mainly lived in the UK, publishing eight collection of poems before bringing out Poems 1955–2005, plus three recent collections. Although known internationally as a British poet, Stevenson was awarded the Poetry Society of America’s Neglected Master's Award in 2007, and in the same year, the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Aiken-Taylor Award from the University of the South. In 2008, her Selected Poems was published by the Library of America. The University of Michigan conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Letters on Stevenson in 2009.

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 www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series