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February 1

Lecture

Tuesday, February 1, 7:30 pm - 10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

**This event has been canceled due to the severe winter weather.**

Curators often collaborate with representatives from other cultures on research in preparation for exhibitions, but these partners usually fade into the background when the final curatorial interpretative work is undertaken. Based on several projects at the Seattle Art Museum, this presentation by Pam McClusky, Curator of African and Oceanic Art there, will consider what happens when a consultant takes an active role in the curation process.

Presented by the UM Museum Studies Program.

categories: Artists and Curators

February 4

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, February 4, 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

February 5



Saturday, February 5, 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, February 5, 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

UMMA's collection of Japanese art offers rich and breathtaking depictions of animals. Discover the meaning of these animals within Japanese culture and learn to draw them with brush and ink.

$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

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Saturday, February 5, 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, February 5, 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

February 6

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 6, 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, February 6, 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

February 10

Writers Series

Thursday, February 10, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Mary Gaitskill is most recently the author of Don't Cry. She is also the author of Veronica (nominated for the National Book Award), Because They Wanted To (nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award), Bad Behavior, and the novel Two Girls, Fat and Thin. Gaitskill is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. She lives in New York.

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



Special Event

Thursday, February 10, 7:30 pm - 10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Christopher Beatty, Senior Concept Designer-Director at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California, will discuss how Disney can improve the guest experience in one of their theme parks. Disney’s design goals and challenges will be addressed in relation to guest interaction. Presented by the UM Museum Studies Program as part of their series Reimagining Engagement.

categories: Artists and Curators, Special Events

February 11

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, February 11, 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, February 11, 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, February 11, 7 pm - 9 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: UM Student Programs



The Ark at UMMA

Friday, February 11, 8 pm - 10 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.

Performing at this showcase are Daniel Berryman (UM), Gan Ainm, Celtic Duo (UM), Jeff Koelzer (UM), and David Artushin (WCC).

Send your email address to Emily@theark.org. Visit www.theark.org for more detailed information.

categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs

February 12

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, February 12, 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

The perfect proportions of a Buddha—the graciousness of his physical form—represent one of the ten powers of a Buddha. By studying Buddhist work in the UMMA collections, students will learn how to examine and draw the body of a Buddha and to recognize representative details.

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Saturday, February 12, 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, February 12, 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



Film

Saturday, February 12, 7 pm - 10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

"The Dance on Camera Festival is one of those NY stealth events, prized by its devotees...where the allusiveness of dance meets the intimacy of film to create a new kind of magic" --New York Times

Coming to Ann Arbor directly from Dance Films Association's 39th Dance On Camera Festival in New York City, this screening celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance on film. Dance on Camera is the oldest dance film festival in the world and sparked a global explosion of activity around the medium; 2011 marks the 10th year of bringing it to Ann Arbor.

This program is copresented by UMMA, the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and the Department of Screen Arts and Culture. Special thanks to Dance Films Association, NYC.

categories: Film, Special Events

February 13

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 13, 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, February 13, 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



Special Event

Sunday, February 13, 3:30 pm - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Merce Cunningham's revolutionary take on modern dance is brilliantly explained in the film "A Lifetime of Dance" (Charles Atlas, 2001, 90 min) which places interviews with the master, and footage of his work, front and center. It's also a breathtaking performance piece, with endless film of his many abstract works, intercut with thoughtful comments by early members of Cunningham's dance company, dance critics, and historians. John Cage, whose percussive compositions became a hallmark of the Cunningham style, is fondly recollected by troupe members and Cunningham.


This screening is one in a series of educational programs offered in conjunction with the UMS presentation of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Feb 18-19. For more information, please visit www.ums.org.

categories: Film, Performing Arts



Film

Sunday, February 13, 7 pm - 10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

"The Dance on Camera Festival is one of those NY stealth events, prized by its devotees...where the allusiveness of dance meets the intimacy of film to create a new kind of magic" --New York Times

Coming to Ann Arbor directly from Dance Films Association's 39th Dance On Camera Festival in New York City, this screening celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance on film. Dance on Camera is the oldest dance film festival in the world and sparked a global explosion of activity around the medium; 2011 marks the 10th year of bringing it to Ann Arbor.

This program is copresented by UMMA, the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and the Department of Screen Arts and Culture. Special thanks to Dance Films Association, NYC.

categories: Film, Special Events

February 14

Concert
Mai-Thu Perret: An Ideal for Living

Monday, February 14, 8 pm - 11 pm
Apse

The UM Contemporary Directions Ensemble, led by Christopher Lees, will perform pieces inspired by literary narratives, including Shakespeare's The Tempest and the writings of Rumi, among others, offering a musical riff on Mai-Thu Perret's exploration of literature as the inspiration for her own multidisciplinary artwork. The exhibition will be viewable from 7:30 to 8pm 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 from the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

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: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts

February 16

Special Event

Wednesday, February 16, 6 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

How does an artist's creative process change over a lifetime? And how does one's physical aging process impact the creative process? The panel includes Trevor Carlson, MCDC Executive Director; David Vaughn, MCDC Archivist; Christine Bratton, MCDC Physical Therapist; UM Professor Nicholas Delbanco who tackles the enigma of “Lastingness” over a creative life in his new book of the same title; and medical representatives from the University of Michigan Health System, who will address the physical changes inherent in the aging process.

This program is cosponsored by the UM Department of English, UMHS Creative Campus Initiative, the Museum of Art, and UMS. It is one in a series of educational programs offered in conjunction with the UMS presentation of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Feb 18-19. For more information, please visit www.ums.org.

categories: Artists and Curators, Performing Arts

February 17

Writers Series

Thursday, February 17, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Carl Phillips is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Speak Low, finalist for the 2009 National Book Award, and Double Shadow (forthcoming in 2011). He has also written a book of prose, Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (2004) and translated Sophocles's Philoctetes (2004). His awards include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Poetry Prize, the Thom Gunn Award for Best Gay Male Poetry, and fellowships and prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets, to which he was named a Chancellor in 2007. Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

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, February 17, 8 pm - 10 pm
Commons

The Michigan Pops Jazz Band will be performing a collection of upbeat tunes, ranging from classic jazz, swinging grooves, and funky rearrangements of some recognizeable modern songs. With a collection of brass, woodwinds, percussion, and vocals, this group is sure to entertain. The Pops Jazz Band represents a youthful twist on a classic musical genre.

This exciting performance series falls on the third Thursday of each month and features different student performers who work in a variety of media including music, comedy, and spoken word. This series is curated and produced by UMMA's Student Programming and Advisory Board and supported by the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund. Students interested in performing may view application details at www.umma.umich.edu/for-students/

categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs

February 18

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, February 18, 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, February 18, 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, February 18, 7 pm - 9 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: UM Student Programs

February 19



Saturday, February 19, 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, February 19, 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

Create a set of boxed note cards with block prints inspired by the decorative arts collections from the late 17th century to the early 20th century, including objects from Rococo, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco traditions.

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Saturday, February 19, 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, February 19, 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

February 20

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 20, 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, February 20, 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



Mai-Thu Perret: An Ideal for Living

Sunday, February 20, 3 pm - 5 pm
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I

Mai-Thu Perret's art chronicles an imaginary alternate history of twentieth-century art, design, and social activism. Explore this exciting exhibition with Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Jacob Proctor.

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: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program

February 23

Jazz Series

Wednesday, February 23, 8 pm - 11 pm
Forum

Flugelhornist and UM Music Professor Ed Sarath brings together a wide variety of musicians for an evening of improvised music that will cut across wide-ranging boundaries.  Configurations ranging from duo to quintets to larger groups will feature students and faculty from jazz, classical, and other stylistic backgrounds.  Promising to feature a virtual "who's who" of local improvisers, don't miss this rare local performance by Sarath.

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

February 24

Writers Series

Thursday, February 24, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Cast From Bells, Suzanne Hancock's second collection of poems, was published in April 2010. Poems from her first collection, Another Name for Bridge, were nominated for the Bronwen Wallace Award and a National Magazine Award and won a number of Hopwood Awards at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she received an MFA. She lives in Montreal with novelist Colin McAdam and their daughter Lola.

Valerie Laken's work has been published in such places as Ploughshares, the Missouri Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Chicago Tribune, and has received a Pushcart Prize, the Missouri Review Editors' Prize, and two Hopwood Awards. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Russian Literature from the University of Michigan. Her first novel, Dream House (2009), received the Anne Powers award and was named among Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2009 and Booklist's Best Debut Novels of 2009. Her story collection Separate Kingdoms will be published by Harper Perennial in February 2011. She is an Assistant Professor in the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

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

February 25

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, February 25, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Fridays from January 14 to April 1 (11 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

February 26

Guided Tour

Saturday, February 26, 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, February 26, 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



Film

Saturday, February 26, 9 pm - 11 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

This exuberant, touching, romantic comedy has been sweeping film festivals across the globe, and snagging awards for LGBT visibility. Based on South Asian director Shamim Sarif’s autobiographical novel, the film tells the story of two women based in London. Tala, a Christian Jordanian of Palestinian descent is in the midst of planning her wedding and Leyla is a shy Mulsim who is dating Leyla's best friend, Ali. Brought together by chance, Tala and Leyla fall in love, turning their worlds upside down.


Cosponsored by UM's M-PAW and the Midwestern Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference 2011: Justice or Just Us? Register for the conference today! www.mblgtacc2011.org/register


categories: Film

February 27

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 27, 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, February 27, 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