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December 1

Writers Series

Thursday, December 1, 5:10 pm - 7:10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

John Weir is the author of two novels, What I Did Wrong (Viking, 2006), and The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket (HarperCollins, 1989), which won the 1990 Lambda Literary Award for Best First Novel by a Gay Man. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Rolling Stone, Spin, and Details, as well as Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, and Subtropics.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Weir was involved both in Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP/New York, culminating in his January, 1991 appearance on The CBS Evening News With Dan Rather, when he and two other AIDS activists interrupted Rather’s news broadcast, chanting, “Money for AIDS, not for war: AIDS won’t wait.” He is also a prolific critic who has written music, book, and movie reviews for major newspapers and magazines. As Contributing Editor to Details from 1993 to 1996, he interviewed gay marines in Jacksonville, North Carolina just after President Clinton lifted the ban on lesbians and gays in the military; and he visited the Springs of Life Ministry, the Christian evangelical church in Lancaster, California that produced The Gay Agenda, an anti-gay video that was sent to members of Congress during the deliberations that resulted in Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell. For Details, he also retraced Timothy McVeigh’s route from Kingman, Arizona to Oklahoma City in the week before McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building; and for Rolling Stone, he wrote about 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Other non-fiction publications include essays about Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, pop star Fiona Apple, Jack Kerouac’s original (queer(er)) draft of On the Road, and John Cheever’s homophobia and closeted bisexuality and wonderful sentences. He is currently at work on two book-length manuscripts, one fiction and one non-fiction.

He has taught Creative Writing as a Visiting Professor in the University of Houston's MFA program, and since 1993 he has taught at Queens College of the City University of New York, where he is currently Director of Graduate Studies in English, and where he teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation. 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

December 2

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, December 2, 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, December 2, 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

December 3

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, December 3, 11 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, November 30, respectively. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Learn color theory with an emphasis on optical mixtures. Join Christina Burch, an active and exhibiting artist and learn about the modern and post-modern movements of Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting and Minimalism. Students will start with a blank canvas that, inspired by the collection, transforms into something else!

categories: Artmaking





Saturday, December 3, 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



Mark Di Suvero: Tabletops

Saturday, December 3, 8 pm - 11 pm
Apse

In conjunction with the exhibition Mark di Suvero: Tabletops, SMTD's Contemporary Directions Ensemble (dir. Christopher Lees) aims to extend and invert the traditional concert experience. Integrating music of diverse 20th and 21st century composers, and inspired by the perceptual experience of sculpture, the performance explores the effects of depth, color, and shadow on the listener.

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

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts

December 4

Guided Tour

Sunday, December 4, 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



Face of Our Time: Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, Richard Misrach

Sunday, December 4, 2 pm - 3:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Sandra Phillips curator of UMMA’s current exhibition of contemporary photography, Face of Our Time, heads one of the country’s leading museum photography department at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she is Senior Curator. Throughout her curatorial career, she has taught, written and published widely about photography, bringing fresh perspectives to a diverse body of work addressing both historical and contemporary artists. UMMA Director Joseph Rosa will interview Phillips about the past, present, and future of photography.

Face of Our Time: Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, Richard Misrach is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Generous support is provided by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.
Face of Our Time at UMMA is made possible in part by the Lois Zenkel Photographic Exhibitions Fund, the University of Michigan Health System, and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund

categories: Artists and Curators, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions Related Program

December 6

Special Event

Tuesday, December 6, 5 pm - 6 pm
Multipurpose Room
This session of Yoga at UMMA is full; Yoga will continue at UMMA in 2012. Beginning December 5 registration will be open for the next Tuesday series January 10 - April 10. $70 UM employees/$80 non-UM. Class# 1012204-04. mhealthy.umich.edu/exercise

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 semester-long series 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

December 9

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, December 9, 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



UM Student Programming

Friday, December 9, 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



UM Student Programming

Friday, December 9, 8 pm - 11 pm
Apse

The Ark at UMMA invites student songwriters from 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. Following three performance showcases which featured the best of the student songwriters selected by the Ark staff from the contest submissions, this final event 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. E-mail Emily@theark.org or visit www.theark.org for more detailed information.

categories: Performing Arts

December 10

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, December 10, 2 pm - 5 pm
Multipurpose Room
Instructor: Adrian Devi
$28 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included. Advance registration required by Wednesday, December 7. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Expand beyond traditional concepts of drawing! Explore alternative approaches by using non-traditional materials and surfaces (sand, fabric, wax, etc), processes, and techniques. Through risk-taking experimentation, transform drawings into objects, instead of the depiction of objects.

categories: Artmaking

December 11

Guided Tour

Sunday, December 11, 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, December 11, 2 pm - 3 pm

The five photographers in this exhibition observe the sometimes volatile civil and political transformations facing society and look reflectively at contemporary culture, recording history as it unfolds slowly over time. Docents and visitors will explore this extraordinary visual record together.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

December 13

Special Event

Tuesday, December 13, 5 pm - 6 pm
Multipurpose Room
This session of Yoga at UMMA is full; Yoga will continue at UMMA in 2012. Beginning December 5 registration will be open for the next Tuesday series January 10 - April 10. $70 UM employees/$80 non-UM. Class# 1012204-04. mhealthy.umich.edu/exercise

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 semester-long series 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

December 14

Jazz Series

Wednesday, December 14, 8 pm - 10 pm
Apse

Co-presented by the SMTD@UMMA and UMMA Jazz Series, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Ellen Rowe premieres her new suite inspired by the Southwest and her experiences as a trail runner there. Joined by Jazz Professor Andrew Bishop on saxophone, Rowe's music will draw on the writings of Georgia O'Keefe, the photography of Ansel Adams, Native American monuments, and pieces in the UMMA permanent collection. The concert will also feature her recent compositions "For That Which Was Living, Lost" and "Denali Pass."

Winner of the Hartford, CT Advocate Readers’ Poll for Best Acoustic Jazz, Ms. Rowe has performed at jazz clubs and on concert series throughout the U.S., as well as touring in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Ireland, Poland, and Australia. Her compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by jazz ensembles and orchestras around the world, including the Village Vanguard Orchestra, BBC Jazz Orchestra, U.S. Navy Commodores, Berlin and NDR Radio Jazz Orchestras, London Symphony, DIVA, and the Perth Jazz Orchestra. Her big band compositions are currently published by Sierra Music Publications.

The SMTD@UMMA concert series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund. The monthly UMMA Jazz Series, curated by UM Associate Professor Adam Unsworth, presents outstanding local jazz artists and is made possible by the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

categories: Performing Arts

December 15

Third Thursdays

Thursday, December 15, 8 pm - 11 pm
Commons

The Akropolis Reed Quintet was formed at the University of Michigan in January, 2009. They perform brand-new works for their unique instrumentation, commissioning accomplished new composers to create music for Akropolis. Their music is classical in design, but assembles many genres and attitudes to form a unique and accessible sound. ARQ is known for their energy, originality and contagious musical communication on stage.

Akropolis was awarded Grand Prize at both the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the 2011 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. Along the way, Akropolis made waves as the first "reed quintet" to ever succeed in the United States' major chamber music competitions. The energy, originality, and technical execution of their musical programming transcended classical chamber music tradition, winning over MTNA and Plowman's acclaimed panel of judges, including pianist Anne Epperson, violinist Peter Salaff (founder of the world renowned and Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet), and former U-M professor and internationally recognized clarinetist David Shifrin. Judges and audiences alike found Akropolis' repertoire to be inventive and progressive, yet thoughtful and well-executed - the cornerstone of Akropolis' mission.

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

December 16

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, December 16, 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

December 17

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, December 17, 12 pm - 3 pm
Multipurpose Room
Instructor: Jenneva Scholz
$28 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students / $35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included. Advance registration required by Wednesday, December 14. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Registration is closed; this workshop is full.

Explore the history of Venetian glass and learn the traditional Millefiori technique. Using polymer clay, students will create a decorative piece; such as a vase, pendant or votive holder.

categories: Artmaking

December 18

Guided Tour

Sunday, December 18, 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, December 18, 2 pm - 3 pm

Gather in UMMA’s Project Gallery to tour fifteen of Mark di Suvero's rarely exhibited smaller scale pieces, or tabletops. The tabletops are an expressionistic and engaging genre as well as an exploration of the artist’s ideas relating to the calligraphic nature of form, balance, proportion, and movement.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours