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March 5

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, March 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.

Learn about the history of these beautiful artifacts from former Metropolitan Museum of Art staff member Rob Davis. Try your hand in creating an embellished monogram, illustration, or border on a fine selection of papers.

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Saturday, March 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

March 6

Guided Tour

Sunday, March 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, March 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



Metamorphosis by Aaron Dworkin

Sunday, March 6, 6 pm - 8 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Artist Aaron Dworkin explores the modern aesthetic in this compelling multimedia presentation of visual art, spoken word, and music. Founder and President of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Organization, a MacArthur Fellow, and recently nominated to be the first member of President Obama's National Council on the Arts, Dworkin continues to create his own work. Metamorphosis offers a synthesis of poetry, classical music, and photography and sketches important moments of the artist's personal story, ranging from the perspective of a young boy visiting a concentration camp in Dachau, with the music of Barber's timeless Adagio, to his reflections on the recent loss of his mother through Picture Perfect.  The program will also showcase a cappella selections authored by Dworkin, and the familiar sounds of Beethoven and Massenet in a new multisensory experience. A reception will follow the one-hour performance.

This event is cosponsored by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor District Library, Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University Musical Society, UM School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and UMMA.

categories: Performing Arts, Special Events

March 10

Writers Series

Thursday, March 10, 5:10 pm - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Matthea Harvey is the author of Sad Little Breathing Machine (2004) and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (2000). Her third book of poems, Modern Life (2007), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. Her first children’s book, The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel, is forthcoming from Tin House Books. Harvey is a contributing editor to jubilat, Meatpaper, and BOMB. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.

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

March 11

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, March 11, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Fridays from January 14 to April 8 (12 weeks)
$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

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, March 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



The Ark at UMMA

Friday, March 11, 8 pm - 10 pm
Commons

This series, now in its second year, invites student songwriters from the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Concordia 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 January and February will join the finale on March 25th, at which season winners will be announced. Join our email list to find out who will be performing! Send your email address to Emily@theark.org. Visit www.theark.org for more detailed information.

categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs

March 12

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, March 12, 10 am - 1 pm
Instructor: Christy Kelly-Bentgen
$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.

Bring your own found objects or choose from a fun selection on hand and create a three-dimensional assemblage sculpture. Found art was a radical movement, with one writer describing it as “the artist's designation of the object as art, which is nearly always reinforced with a title.” What will yours be called? This workshop is inspired by the UMMA exhibition Mai-Thu Perret: An Ideal for Living, on view through March 13, 2011.

categories: Artmaking





Saturday, March 12, 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



Guided Tour

Saturday, March 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



SMTD@UMMA

Saturday, March 12, 8 pm - 10 pm
Apse

Fresh off his recent recording triumph The Old Burying Ground, Professor Evan Chambers presents an array of his chamber compositions in conjunction with UMMA’s exhibition Out of the Ordinary: Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art and Fusfeld Folk Art Collections. Small and large ensembles perform works invoking folk music from around the world, including Three Tannahill Songs, Firehose Reel, and Cold Water, Dry Stone, as well as the premiere of Chambers’s new Lindisfarne Hymn. Chambers is joined by Professors John Ellis, Paul Schoenfeld, Chad Burrow, Jeffrey Lyman, Andrew Jennings, local performers Gabriel Bolkosky and Jennifer Goltz, and students from the UM School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. The exhibition gallery will be open for browsing 30 minutes before the performance and during intermission.

This concert is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

categories: Performing Arts

March 13

Guided Tour

Sunday, March 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, March 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

March 14

Writers Series

Monday, March 14, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Apse

Jonathan Lethem is the author of eight novels, including Chronic City, You Don’t Love Me Yet, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.  In 2005 he was granted a MacArthur Genius Award. He was recently appointed the Disney Professor of Creative Writing at Pomona College.

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

March 15

Film

Tuesday, March 15, 7 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Google Baby is a journey across three continents telling the story of the up-and-coming baby production industry in the age of globalization. Today, technology has turned “making a baby” into an act independent of sex. And globalization is making it affordable.

This program is presented by the UM Center for Ethics in Public Life.

categories: Film

March 16

Jazz Series

Wednesday, March 16, 8 pm - 9:30 pm
Forum

I Wayan Balawan, better known by the single name Balawan, is an Indonesian guitarist and songwriter. He is best known as a guitarist for Batuan Ethnic Fusion and for his ability to play double neck guitar. Balawan developed the eight fingers touch style technique, also known as the touch-tapping style, and is often regarded as one of the fastest guitarists in Indonesia. Balawan’s band combines traditional Balinese gamelan music and jazz.

Balawan will perform with two gamelan musicians from his band Batuan Ethnic Fusion and two jazz musicians, Olmon Piedra and Adam Meinerding from Bowling Green University.

This monthly series, curated by UM Associate Professor Adam Unsworth, presents outstanding local artists in an intimate setting. This performance is made possible by the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund and is cosponsored by Kompas-Gramedia Group, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and Center for World Performance Studies.


categories: Performing Arts

March 17

Writers Series

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

Jonathan Lethem is the author of eight novels, including Chronic City, You Don’t Love Me Yet, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of two short story collections, Men and Cartoons and The Wall of the Sky, Wall of the Eye, and a collection of autobiographical essays, The Disappointment Artist. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire, McSweeney's, Tin House, The New York Times, and others. In 2005 he was granted a MacArthur Genius Award. He was recently appointed the Disney Professor of Creative Writing at Pomona College.

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, March 17, 7:30 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Andrew McClellan, Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences and Professor of Art History at Tufts University, will focus on public museums and private collections during the 19th through early 20th centuries and the tensions that fueled contrasting display paradigms, institutional types, and modes of engagement. Cosponsored by the UM Museum Studies Program, Bentley Historical Library, and UMMA.


categories: Special Events



Third Thursdays

Thursday, March 17, 8 pm - 10 pm
Commons

This exciting performance series falls on the third Thursday of each month—in this case St. Patrick’s Day!—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/.

categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs

March 18

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, March 18, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Fridays from January 14 to April 8 (12 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



Mark Webster Reading Series

Friday, March 18, 7 pm - 8 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 is an excellent way to spend a Friday night.


categories: UM Student Programs

March 19

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, March 19, 10 am - 1 pm
Instructor: Emily Stokes
$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.

Each student should bring a hardcover book (old textbook, cookbook, children’s board book) that s/he would not mind “gutting.” Participants might select books with an appealing title or theme that could inform their alterations. Learn basic techniques like sanding and priming covers, altering interior pages, and adding additional accordion or pop-up elements in order to create your own “art book.”

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Saturday, March 19, 2 pm - 3 pm

**This event has been canceled.**

The supple, sensual environment features a video synthesis of photographic imaging and choreography projected onto a multilayered, membrane-like structure, providing a luminous web for visitors to explore.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Special Event

Saturday, March 19, 6 pm - 8 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Keynote speakers David Abram, award-winning author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology and The Spell of the Sensuous, and Jennifer Monson, Professor in the Department of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and founder and director of iLAND-Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance, will kick off this two-day colloquium that explores the role of the arts in environmental education and stewardship. A multimedia performance of Mapping the River will immediately follow the keynote in the Apse at 8 pm.

This program is open to the public and does not require advance registration. For more information about the colloquium, please visit the Arts and Environment colloquium website or contact Sara Adlerstein at adlerste@umich.edu.

The colloquium has received generous support from the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Department of English’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, Department of Dance, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.


categories: Special Events



Special Event

Saturday, March 19, 8 pm - 10 pm
Apse

Following the keynote addresses, this multimedia performance created by Sara Adlerstein (UM School of Natural Resources and Environment), Evan Chambers, Jessica Fogel, Joseph Gramley (UM School of Music, Theatre, and Dance), Doug Hesseltine (UM School of Art and Design), and Keith Taylor (UM College of Literature, Science, and the Arts) takes as its overarching structure the cycle of water from rain to earth to river to lake to ocean to clouds to rain. Focusing on our local water source, the Huron River, as a central narrative, the work features music, dance, video, painting, and spoken word.  Initially created in 2008, this presentation will be an adaptation of Mapping the River specifically designed for the Apse. This performance is part of the opening events for the two-day colloquium on the role of the arts in environmental education and stewardship.

This program is open to the public and does not require advance registration. For more information about the colloquium, please visit the listing for March 20 or contact Sara Adlerstein at adlerste@umich.edu.

This colloquium has received generous support from the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Department of English’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, Department of Dance, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.


categories: Performing Arts, Special Events

March 20

Special Event

Sunday, March 20, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium
Advance registration required. Please register by emailing artsandenvironmentcolloquium@umich.edu.
For further details, please contact Sara Adlerstein at adlerste@umich.edu.

This is day two of a colloquium designed to facilitate dialogue about the role of the arts in environmental education and stewardship. Participants from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives will look at bridges that have been built across the divide of the arts and the environment and will imagine others that might be created. The colloquium will connect individuals interested in the arts and the environment both within the university and the larger community. Out of such communication could come new works of art, new ways of understanding environmental issues, and possibly ways of influencing public policy. Participation is invited from diverse disciplines—engineers, dancers, designers, painters, photographers, architects, poets, ecologists, filmmakers, community organizers, climate change scientists, musicians, and more.

For information on the keynote addresses and performance, please visit the Arts and Environment Colloquium website.


This colloquium has received generous support from the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Department of English’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, Department of Dance, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.


categories: Special Events



Guided Tour

Sunday, March 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, March 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

March 21

Photoformance: An Empathic Environment

Monday, March 21, 5 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Meet the artist collaborators who created the current exhibition Photoformance: An Empathic Environment. Experiments in dance, photography, and architecture come together to create this multimedia environment, reflecting the shared vision of Monica Ponce de Leon, architect; Ernestine Ruben, photographer; and Peter Sparling, dancer, choreographer, and video artist; with a score by Erik Santos.  The creators will discuss the creative process and collaboration that resulted in this installation, and the talk will be followed by a reception and a chance to visit the gallery with the artists.

Monica Ponce de Leon is Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She also maintains an active architectural practice. Peter Sparling is Thurnau Professor of Dance at the University of Michigan and an active independent dance artist, choregrapher, and “screendance” creator. Ernestine Ruben is an internationally recognized photographer particularly well known for her experimental works based on the human form. Eric Santos is a composer, Associate Professor in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and Director of Electronic Music Studio at the University of Michigan.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional support has been provided by UM's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Office of the Vice President for Research, and Digital Media Commons at the James and Anne Duderstadt Center.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program

March 23

Special Event

Wednesday, March 23, 4:30 pm - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Thurnau Professor of Dance Peter Sparling shares the results of his recent four-month stay in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts. Speaking over a streaming video of “screendances” created during his residency, he draws from his website Videojournal de Paris to ponder aspects of the creative process while under the influence of the City of Light.

Cosponsored by the UM Department of Dance and UMMA.

categories: Special Events

March 24

Writers Series

Thursday, March 24, 5:10 pm - 6:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Linda Gregerson is the author of four collections of poetry and two volumes of literary criticism. Her second poetry collection, The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize and The Poets Prize; her third, Waterborne, won the 2003 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; her fourth, Magnetic North, was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. Her numerous essays on lyric poetry and Renaissance literature appear in leading journals and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. Gregerson’s many honors include awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Poetry Society of America, the Modern Poetry Association, and the International Spenser Society, and grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. She is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Michigan.

Nicholas Delbanco has published twenty-four books of fiction and non-fiction. His most recent novels are The Count of Concord and Spring and Fall; his most recent works of non-fiction are The Countess of Stanlein Restored, The Lost Suitcase: Reflections on the Literary Life, and Lastingness: The Art of Old Age, which was published in January 2011. As editor, he has compiled the work of, among others, John Gardner and Bernard Malamud. Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature, and Chair of the Hopwood Committee, he has served as Chair of the Fiction Panel for the National Book Awards, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and—twice—a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship. Last year Professor Delbanco completed a teaching text for McGraw-Hill entitled Literature: Craft and Voice, a three-volume introduction to literature of which he is co-editor with Alan Cheuse; in 2004 he published The Sincerest Form: Writing Fiction by Imitation.

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

March 25

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, March 25, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Galleries
Fridays from January 14 to April 8 (12 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

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, March 25, 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



Special Event

Friday, March 25, 3 pm - 5 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

“Wang’s epic documentaries define the brave political outspokenness, tenacity and artistic sophistication that continues to inspire a new and ambitious generation of young Chinese filmmakers” - Harvard Film Archive

Wang Bing is an artist working at the forefront of the recent energetic movement in documentary filmmaking originating from China. Please join Mr. Wang (who will participate via Skype) and UM Professor Markus Nornes for a discussion of his video, Crude Oil, an 840-minute observation of oil workers in Qinghai Province. This work will be exhibited in the lower level of the University of Michigan Work Gallery (306 S. State Street) from March 11 through April 1.

The 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place March 22–27. For more information on North America’s longest-running independent and experimental film festival, please visit www.aafilmfest.org.

This program is free and open to the public.


Co-presented by the Confucius Institute, UM Center for Chinese Studies, Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.


categories: Film, Special Events



Mark Webster Reading Series

Friday, March 25, 7 pm - 8 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 is an excellent way to spend a Friday night.

categories: UM Student Programs



The Ark at UMMA

Friday, March 25, 8 pm - 10 pm
Apse

This series, now in its second year, invites student songwriters from the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Concordia 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. Finalists from the January, February, and March showcases will perform during this finale, during which the winner will be announced. Join our email list to find out who will be performing! Send your email address to Emily@theark.org. Visit www.theark.org for more detailed information.

categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs

March 26

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, March 26, 10 am - 1 pm
Multipurpose Room
Instructor: Emily Stokes
$27 UMMA and AAAC Members and UM students/$35 non-members; lab fee $13, materials included
Advance registration is required. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Learn about the importance of silhouettes to many contemporary artists such as Kara Walker and William Kentridge and use their work as a launching point for creating your own. Learn simple book form constructions, such as the accordion. Tell your own stories through cutting and arranging silhouette forms.

categories: Artmaking





Saturday, March 26, 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



Special Event

Saturday, March 26, 2 pm - 5 pm
Multipurpose Room

Producers of FestiFools are creating an inaugural public art event this year called FoolMoon, which will feature hundreds of handmade illuminated sculptural lanterns. Come learn how to make a free koi fish lantern (in connection with LS&A’s Water Theme Semester) at UMMA. Everything you need to create an illuminated sculpture out of tissue paper, wire, LED lights, and imagination will be provided.

Once your sculptures are made you will want to join other FoolMoon celebrants on the front lawn of the UMMA at dusk on April Fools' night (Friday, April 1) as we make our way downtown to Washington Street, in front of Grizzly Peak, for a culminating celebration of handmade illuminated lanterns, live music, and a shimmering giant street-sized shadow puppet show! What a great way to celebrate spring!

For more information, please visit http://festifools.org/

categories: Artmaking



Guided Tour

Saturday, March 26, 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

March 27

Film

Sunday, March 27, 12 pm - 2 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Within the realm of cinema, experimental film is often misunderstood. Join us for an educational screening and discussion hosted by Dan Herbert, Assistant Professor in the UM Department of Screen Arts and Cultures. Several challenging, short experimental films from this year’s Ann Arbor Film Festival will be presented and screened by participating panelists, followed by discussion with the audience.

The 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place March 22–27. For more information on North America’s longest-running independent and experimental film festival, please visit www.aafilmfest.org.

This program is free and open to the public.

Co-presented by UM Screen Arts and Cultures and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.


categories: Film



Guided Tour

Sunday, March 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, March 27, 2 pm - 3 pm

The supple, sensual environment features a video synthesis of photographic imaging and choreography projected onto a multilayered, membrane-like structure, providing a luminous web for visitors to explore.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

March 28

Special Event

Monday, March 28, 7 pm - 8 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Guitars, gurneys, and gore play a part in this all-male Shakespeare company’s upcoming production of Richard III. The company likewise reinvents and reimagines The Comedy of Errors. Kickoff the Propeller Theater Company’s weeklong visit with this insider’s look at contemporary Shakespearean performance and how the company creates new interpretations of the classics. The event will be led by University of Warwick Professor of English Carol Rutter. 

UMS presents the Propeller Theater Company March 30–April 3. For tickets or more information, please visit ums.org.

categories: Performing Arts

March 30

Special Event

Wednesday, March 30, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Melissa Harris-Perry, Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University and author of the award-winning book Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought (2004), will give a public talk presented by the UM Institute for Research on Women and Gender and Women’s Studies Department.

Harris-Perry’s academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African Americans respond to these challenges. Her work is published in scholarly journals and edited volumes and her interests include the study of African American political thought, black religious ideas and practice, and social and clinical psychology.

The Motorola Lecture, established in 2001 with support from the Motorola Foundation, aims to expose UM students to journalists who address important issues concerning women and gender and to engage them in discussion about ways the media can reframe the public understanding of complex issues.

categories: Special Events