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February 3

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, February 3, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Galleries
Fridays, January 27–March 16, 2012
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$10 one-time drop-in fee (cash only), materials included
Pre-register for all 8 classes: $72 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students / $80 non-members, materials included. Register online at annarborartcenter.org. Pick up materials at the information desk.

Fridays through March 16, 2012. 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, February 3, 2:30 pm - 5 pm
Multipurpose Room
Fridays, January 27–March 16
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$170 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students / $188 non-members
Advance registration required by Friday, January 20. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Fridays through March 16, 2012. Learn how to mix colored pencil through layering and blending. 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

February 5

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 5, 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, February 5, 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

February 7

Special Event

Tuesday, February 7, 5 pm - 6 pm
Multipurpose Room
Tuesdays, January 10–April 10. Advance registration required: mhealthy.umich.edu/exercise; class #1012204-04; $70 UM employees/$80 non-UM

Tuesdays through April 10th. Participate in the ancient practice of yoga in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum of Art this winter. 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

February 9

Writers Series

Thursday, February 9, 5:10 pm - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Calvin Forbes lives in Chicago and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of two books, Blue Monday and The Shine Poems. Recent publications include the July/August issue of Poetry Magazine and Fall Poet Lore Magazine.

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 10

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, February 10, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Galleries
Fridays, January 27–March 16, 2012
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$10 one-time drop-in fee (cash only), materials included
Pre-register for all 8 classes: $72 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students / $80 non-members, materials included. Register online at annarborartcenter.org. Pick up materials at the information desk.

Fridays through March 16, 2012. 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, February 10, 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, February 10, 2:30 pm - 5 pm
Multipurpose Room
Fridays, January 27–March 16
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$170 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students / $188 non-members
Advance registration required by Friday, January 20. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Fridays through March 16, 2012. Learn how to mix colored pencil through layering and blending. 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, February 10, 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

February 11



Saturday, February 11, 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 11, 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, February 8. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Using blendable colored pencils create colorful maquettes (small models) of stained glass windows much in the way Louis Comfort Tiffany would have done in his glass studios! Then use your maquette to create a colorful tin journal the Tiffany stained glass way. The final result is stunning! Art Center Instructor Pat Johnson will guide students throughout the process. Students will study the UMMA Tiffany stained glass collection for inspiration. No experience necessary.

categories: Artmaking



SMTD@UMMA

Saturday, February 11, 7 pm - 9 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 40th Dance On Camera Festival in New York City, this screening of screendance shorts, selected specifically for Ann Arbor audiences, celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance as combined with the intimacy of film. DFA's Festival is the oldest dance film festival in the world and has sparked a global explosion of screendance activity.

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

categories: Film, Performing Arts

February 12

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 12, 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, February 12, 2 pm - 3 pm

Gather in UMMA’s Project Gallery to tour twelve 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



SMTD@UMMA

Sunday, February 12, 7 pm - 9 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 40th Dance On Camera Festival in New York City, this screening of screendance shorts, selected specifically for Ann Arbor audiences, celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance as combined with the intimacy of film. DFA's Festival is the oldest dance film festival in the world and has sparked a global explosion of screendance activity.

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

categories: Film, Performing Arts

February 13

Special Event

Monday, February 13, 7 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Renegade filmmaker Charles Atlas (who worked extensively with the late choreographer Merce Cunningham) introduces his 2002 documentary The Legend of Leigh Bowery. Artist/designer/performer/provocateur Leigh Bowery designed costumes and performed with the "enfant terrible" of British dance Michael Clark, designed one of a kind outrageous costumes and creations for himself, ran one of the most outrageous clubs of the 1980s London club scene (later immortalized in Boy George's Broadway musical "Taboo"), and was the muse of the great British painter Lucian Freud. The film includes interviews with Damien Hirst, Bella Freud, Cerith Wyn Evans, Boy George, and Leigh Bowery’s widow, Nicola Bowery. Atlas will engage in audience Q&A immediately following the film. Co-presented with the UM Institute for the Humanities, which hosts Charles Atlas's video installation Joints Array in February 2012.

This program is part of the UMS on Film series designed to expand our 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, Performing Arts

February 14

Special Event

Tuesday, February 14, 5 pm - 6 pm
Multipurpose Room
Tuesdays, January 10–April 10. Advance registration required: mhealthy.umich.edu/exercise; class #1012204-04; $70 UM employees/$80 non-UM

Tuesdays through April 10th. Participate in the ancient practice of yoga in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum of Art this winter. 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

February 15

Special Event

Wednesday, February 15, 5 pm - 7 pm
Multipurpose Room

Khaled Al-Saai (born 1970) grew up in a household of scholars and artists, surrounded by painting, music, and calligraphy, and by eighteen years of age he already had a reputation as a calligrapher. Al-Saai works in an astonishing range of styles, from decorative classical modes—which he often uses for quotations from poetry—to radically inventive compositions, in which lettering is fragmented into fantastical, almost pictorial compositions. He has an MA in Fine Art from the University of Damascus (1998), and was nominated one of the ten best international calligraphers at the first International festival of Calligraphy in Teheran, Iran, a year before receiving his MA. More recently, Al-Saai has been awarded first prize of Jaly Diwani script at the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture’s Seventh International Competition of Calligraphy in Istanbul, Turkey (2007), and first prize in modern calligraphy in the International Festival for Calligraphy in Algeria (2009).

We welcome him back to the University of Michigan, where he taught an introduction to Arabic calligraphy in 2002, and where his work is included in UMMA's collection. The breathtaking beauty of his work makes it accessible to all and this demonstration will be an exciting introduction to his practice.

Organized and cosponsored by the UM Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

categories: Artists and Curators, Contemporary Art, Special Events



Jazz Series

Wednesday, February 15, 8 pm - 10 pm
Forum

Andrew Bishop is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, educator and scholar comfortable in a wide variety of musical idioms. He maintains an active national and international career and serves as an Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He earned five degrees in music including a DMA in music composition from the University of Michigan. Bishop's two recordings Time and Imaginary Time and The Hank Williams Project received widespread acclaim from the New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Chicago Reader, All Music Guide, Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz–New York, All About Jazz–Los Angeles, and the Detroit Free Press, among others. As a sideman he has recorded over thirty compact discs and has performed with Reid Anderson, Karl Berger, Sandip Burman, Kenny Burrell, Eugene Chadbourne, Ray Charles, Gerald Cleaver, Drew Gress, Jerry Hahn, John Lindberg, Chris Lightcap, The Either Orchestra, Mat Maneri, The Manhattan Transfer, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Jeremy Pelt, Hank Roberts, Craig Taborn, Clark Terry, Matt Wilson and John Zorn, among others. He regularly performs as a member of Gerald Cleaver’s Violet Hour and Uncle June, the Ellen Rowe Quartet, Phil Ogilive’s Rhythm Kings, the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, and the contemporary concert music group Opus 21.

This monthly series, curated by UM Associate Professor Adam Unsworth, presents outstanding local artists in an intimate setting and is made possible by the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

categories: Performing Arts

February 16

Writers Series

Thursday, February 16, 5:10 pm - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

D. A. Powell's books include Cocktails and Chronic, both of which were finalists for the Publishing Triangle and National Book Critics Circle Awards. Powell’s honors include the Gold Medal in Poetry from the California Commonwealth Club and the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University, Powell has taught at Columbia University, University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Davidson College. He lives in San Francisco.

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 17

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, February 17, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Galleries
Fridays, January 27–March 16, 2012
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$10 one-time drop-in fee (cash only), materials included
Pre-register for all 8 classes: $72 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students / $80 non-members, materials included. Register online at annarborartcenter.org. Pick up materials at the information desk.

Fridays through March 16, 2012. 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, February 17, 2:30 pm - 5 pm
Multipurpose Room
Fridays, January 27–March 16
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$170 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students / $188 non-members
Advance registration required by Friday, January 20. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Fridays through March 16, 2012. Learn how to mix colored pencil through layering and blending. 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

February 18

SMTD@UMMA

Saturday, February 18, 12 pm - 4 pm
Galleries

Mixing sound, art, and architecture, the annual SMTD@UMMA Installation Concert features new work created entirely by UM students using the collection and architecture of UMMA as inspiration for their compositions. Over the past two years roughly 800 people have enjoyed chamber works for percussion (2010) and mini operas (2011) conceived specifically for the spaces in which they were performed. In 2012, we feature a jazz installation. Under the direction of UM Jazz Professor Andrew Bishop, six Jazz students dream up new compositions in response to works in UMMA's permanent collection. Performances will be given live in the various galleries and public spaces of the Museum.

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

categories: Performing Arts

February 19

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 19, 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, February 19, 2 pm - 3 pm

Annie Leibovitz, Edward Steichen, and Rembrandt van Rijn are some of the artists in this exhibition. Docents will engage visitors in conversations on the themes of the human form as an expression of ideas, feelings, and sensations; and on landscapes and cityscapes that illustrate our relationship to the natural and constructed world. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

February 21

Special Event

Tuesday, February 21, 5 pm - 6 pm
Multipurpose Room
Tuesdays, January 10–April 10. Advance registration required: mhealthy.umich.edu/exercise; class #1012204-04; $70 UM employees/$80 non-UM

Tuesdays through April 10th. Participate in the ancient practice of yoga in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum of Art this winter. 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

February 23

Writers Series

Thursday, February 23, 5:10 pm - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Suzanne Buffam is the author of two collections of poetry, The Irrationalist, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize, and Past Imperfect, which won the Gerald Lampert Award for the best first book of poetry published in Canada in 2005. She teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.

Robert Fernandez is the author of We Are Pharaoh (2011) and Pink Reef (forthcoming). He is the recipient of awards from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry. He was recently named a New American Poet by the Poetry Society of America.

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 24

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, February 24, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Galleries
Fridays, January 27–March 16, 2012
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$10 one-time drop-in fee (cash only), materials included
Pre-register for all 8 classes: $72 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students / $80 non-members, materials included. Register online at annarborartcenter.org. Pick up materials at the information desk.

Fridays through March 16, 2012. 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, February 24, 2:30 pm - 5 pm
Multipurpose Room
Fridays, January 27–March 16
Instructor: Heather Accurso
$170 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students / $188 non-members
Advance registration required by Friday, January 20. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Fridays through March 16, 2012. Learn how to mix colored pencil through layering and blending. 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

February 25

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, February 25, 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, February 22. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Explore UMMA's Mark di Suvero: Tabletops exhibition and gain an appreciation for the abstract sculptor whose distinctive, bold pieces can be found all over the world. Contemplate the purpose of public art in the world and in our city. Students will create a small-scale wood and metal sculpture, which incorporates motion or moving parts. No experience necessary.

Mark di Suvero: Tabletops is made possible in part by the Office of the President of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Health System.

categories: Artmaking

February 26

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 26, 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, February 26, 2 pm - 3 pm

Gather in UMMA’s Project Gallery to tour twelve 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

February 28

Special Event

Tuesday, February 28, 5 pm - 6 pm
Multipurpose Room
Tuesdays, January 10–April 10. Advance registration required: mhealthy.umich.edu/exercise; class #1012204-04; $70 UM employees/$80 non-UM

Tuesdays through April 10th. Participate in the ancient practice of yoga in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum of Art this winter. 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