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March 2

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, March 2, 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, March 2, 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

March 3

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, March 3, 1 pm - 4 pm
Multipurpose Room
Instructor: Lee May
$28 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included. Advance registration required by Wednesday, February 29. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Wonder how logos are made and designed, especially like the ones from your favorite cereal box or candy bar? Curious how to create logos like the awesome Google Doodles? Work with graphic artist Lee May and get inspired at UMMA by works of Picasso, Max Ernst, Frank Stella, and Marsden Hartley. Design and draw your own logo that best describes you and put it on a set of stickers. Then show off your creations on your folders, bags, and shirts.

categories: Artmaking, Family

March 4

Guided Tour

Sunday, March 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



Guided Tour

Sunday, March 4, 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

March 6

Special Event

Tuesday, March 6, 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



Special Event

Tuesday, March 6, 7 pm - 9 pm
Apse

This year marks the 40th anniversary of WCBN, and this concert is part of a season of events celebrating the anniversary. WCBN is excited to be collaborating with UMMA to present this show. "With the station's celebration of its 40th Anniversary in 2012, a renewed emphasis on the importance of community events has arisen," says General Manager Ben Yee. "No sound system or recording will ever match the experience actively engaged by live performance."

Formed in 2009 by singer/songwriter Jana Hunter with guitarist William Adams, bassist Geoffrey Graham, and drummer Abram Sanders, Baltimore's Lower Dens plays beautiful songs blending elements of folk, psychedelia, post-rock and ambient music. Their sound is minimalist but nonetheless huge.

When they formed the group they planned a four-album cycle, and they released their critically acclaimed debut album Twin Hand Movement in July 2010. They have been touring consistently since its release, and while touring they wrote much of the music for their second album, Nootropics, which will be coming out on May 1st. According to the band, the title "Nootropics" is reflective of the band's "interest in transhumanism–the use of technology to extend human capabilities." The band also cites Dadaism as a major influence.

Discussing their latest work, singer/guitarist Hunter says, “We think we know what there is to know about our reality. But there’s a real possibility that we don’t know much at all. Perhaps we’re in the process of acknowledging that and moving on to better things. And the narrator of the song is saying that he or she is ready for come what may.”

Aran Ruth is a psychedelic folk singer/songwriter who recently relocated from Detroit to Ann Arbor to pursue a graduate degree in English Literature at University of Michigan. She is also a member of Detroit groups Infinity People and Wiccans, and a former member of Outrageous Cherry. Ruth writes haunting and hypnotic songs blending the boundaries between reality and fantasy, and between time and space themselves. She plays guitar and sings, and is often accompanied by a synthesizer player. Her music has been described as "black magic space folk."

This will be a free show, open to the public of all ages. The event will begin at 7 pm with music by WCBN DJs. The show will start off with a performance by Aran Ruth, followed by Lower Dens.

WCBN is the University of Michigan's student-run radio station and one of the longest-running freeform radio stations in the country. The station has broadcasted from the University of Michigan campus continuously since 1952, taking the moniker, WCBN, in 1972. Beginning as a collaboration of stations at East Quad, South Quad, and West Quad, the Campus Broadcasting Network was born as WCBN-AM 650. In 1977, WCBN found its current home at the far left of the fm dial. Since its inception, WCBN has emphasized alternative broadcasting-- challenging what the medium of radio can do. WCBN is fully and proudly staffed by volunteer students, University faculty and staff, and community members.

This event is cosponsored by UMMA's Student Programming and Advisory Council.

categories: Performing Arts, Special Events

March 7

Film

Wednesday, March 7, 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Historic Theater, Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Tickets: $10 general admission; $7 students/seniors/UMS, Michigan Theater and UMMA members; $5 AAFF members. To purchase tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/209534  

The UMS Renegade on Film series culminates at the Michigan Theater in collaboration with the Ann Arbor Film Festival (celebrating its 50th anniversary in March 2012!). The curators at AAFF chose an amazing documentary that captures the renegade spirit of the festival and provides a fabulous lead-in to the San Francisco Symphony American Mavericks concerts. In one of the most certifiably eccentric musical events of the late twentieth century, German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen designed and executed the performance: four string quartet members playing an original piece by Stockhausen in four separate helicopters, all flying simultaneously. The sound was then routed to a central location and mixed; the work premiered at the 1995 Holland Festival. Frank Scheffer’s film Helicopter String Quartet depicts the behind-the-scenes preparations for this event; Scheffer also conducts and films an extended conversation with Stockhausen in which the creator discusses the conception and execution of his composition. Featuring music by Karlheinz Stockhausen performed by the Arditti String Quartet.  

Co-presented with the Ann Arbor Film Festival in partnership with the Michigan Theater, in collaboration with UMMA.

categories: Film, Performing Arts

March 8

Writers Series

Thursday, March 8, 5:10 pm - 6:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Terry Blackhawk is the author of five previous poetry collections, including Escape Artist, winner of the 2002 John Ciardi Prize. She has received the Foley Poetry Prize, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, the Michigan Governor’s Award for Arts Education, and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. She is founding director of Detroit's acclaimed InsideOut Literary Arts Project and lives and writes not far from the river in Detroit, Michigan.

Francine J. Harris is a Detroit native whose recent work has appeared in Rattle, Callaloo, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and she is the author of the recent chapbook between old trees. She is a Cave Canem fellow, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and is currently a Zell Post-MFA Fellowship recipient at the University of Michigan. Her first full-length collection, allegiance, will be published by Wayne State University Press in 2012 as part of the Made in Michigan series.

The authors will be available to sign books after the reading. As always, books will be available for purchase on site.


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 8, 7:30 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Bothaina Kamel, the first woman presidential candidate in Egypt, television anchor and pro-democracy activist, will give the Women's Studies Department and Institute for Research on Women and Gender 2012 Motorola Lecture. Since the late 1980s Kamel has addressed issues of women's rights, human rights, and corruption in her high profile position. She is deeply connected to the solidarity and human rights campaigns of peaceful protest and organizing in Egypt. Despite harassment and beatings by government and military authorities in the last decade, Kamel continues her brave work for human rights and real democracy.

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

March 9

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, March 9, 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, March 9, 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, March 9, 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



Writers Series

Friday, March 9, 7 pm - 8:30 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, Writers Series

March 10



Saturday, March 10, 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, March 10, 1 pm - 4 pm
Multipurpose Room
Instructor: Elizabeth Wight
$28 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included. Advance registration required by Wednesday, March 7/Wednesday, April 11 respectively. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

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

categories: Artmaking, Family



Special Event

Saturday, March 10, 8 pm - 9:30 pm
Rogel Ballroom, Michigan Union
530 S. State Street

Ann Arbor, MI 46801
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets available from Michigan Union Ticket Office: www.umich.edu/~muto/.

Renowned shadow drama master Purbo Asmoro and his troupe of gamelan musicians will present Javanese traditional theater (wayang kulit), one of the world's great classical theatrical forms and often lauded as the pinnacle of aesthetic achievement in Indonesia. The remarkable visual effects of wayang, to the sounds of a full gamelan ensemble, will be accompanied by projected English translations of the narrative. The glittering cast bronze instruments of the Indonesian gamelan orchestra match every detail of the puppeteer’s performance with an elaborate musical response. Our performance presents an episode from the Javanese version of the ancient Hindu epic the Ramayana, featuring the beloved Prince Rama and the white monkey Hanuman and their heroic attempts to rescue Rama’s wife Sita from a powerful demon king. English subtitles, performed by the Javanese troupe of Ki Purbo Asmoro, with the UM Gamelan.
 
Other programs included in this Javanese Theater and Gamelan Residency include:
 
Lecture: Javanese Shadow Drama: The Challenges of Translation, by Kathyrn Emerson and Purbo Asmoro, Saturday, March 10, 2012, 10:00-11:30 AM, Rackham Amphitheatre.
 
Workshops:
 
Techniques of Moving and Breathing Life into Wayang Characters (Javanese shadow puppets), by Purbo Asmoro, Saturday, March 10, 2012, 1:00-3:00 PM, East Quad 126, 701 E University Street.
 
The Art and Craft of How to Make a Wayang (Javanese shadow puppet), by Purbo Asmoro, Sunday, 11 March 11, 2012, 10:00-noon, Multipurpose Room, University of Michigan Museum of Art.
 
Contact Ryan Bodiford (bodiford@umich.edu) for information on free workshop tickets.


The performance and residency are sponsored by the UM Center for World Performance Studies Artist Residency Program, the Residential College, North Quad, Global Scholars Program, School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Arts at Michigan, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The gamelan is owned by the Stearns Collection.

categories: Artists and Curators, Performing Arts, Special Events

March 11

Special Event

Sunday, March 11, 10 am - 12 pm
Multipurpose Room
Advance registration required. Contact Ryan Bodiford at bodiford@umich.edu. There will be two types of free tickets: for participants and observers.

Renowned shadow drama master Purbo Asmoro (of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Surakarta) and members of his troupe will lead a hands-on workshop in the craft of Javanese shadow puppet making. Often lauded as the pinnacle of aesthetic achievement in Indonesia, wayang is one of the world’s great classical theatrical forms. This workshop is part of a series of programs around Purbo Asmoro’s residency whose culminating event is a performance on Saturday, March 10 at 8 pm in the Michigan Union Ballroom. For more information about these programs, please visit ii.umich.edu/cseas or contact Susan Walton at swalton@umich.edu

Other programs included in this Javanese Theater and Gamelan Residency include:
 
Lecture: Javanese Shadow Drama: The Challenges of Translation, by Kathyrn Emerson and Purbo Asmoro, Saturday, March 10, 2012, 10:00-11:30 AM, Rackham Amphitheatre.
 
Workshop: Techniques of Moving and Breathing Life into Wayang Characters (Javanese shadow puppets), by Purbo Asmoro, Saturday, March 10, 2012, 1:00-3:00 PM, East Quad 126, 701 E University Street.

Performance: Javanese Traditional Theater "Hanuman Aflame," an episode from the Ramayana, by Purbo Asmoro, Saturday, March 10, 2012, 8:00-10:00, Michigan Union Ballroom.


This project is sponsored by the UM Center for World Performance Studies Artist Resident Program, North Quad, Residential College, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UMMA and Arts at Michigan. The gamelan is owned by the UM Stearns Collection.

categories: Artmaking, Performing Arts



Guided Tour

Sunday, March 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, March 11, 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



Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

Sunday, March 11, 4 pm - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Fluxus was part of a century-long trend on the part of avant-garde artists to reintegrate art into the activities of everyday life—in other words, into the process of being alive. Being alive is rife with problems, of course, and so too is Fluxus. In this lecture, curator Jacquelynn Baas discusses some of the ways Fluxus has complicated, and is still complicating, life in the realm of art. The artists and art of Fluxus—irreverent, provocative, sometimes downright wacky—first emerged in the early 1960s as an art phenomenon that aimed to circumvent traditional museum-gallery presentation platforms. Scholars disagree about Fluxus's historical precursors, among them Dada, Marcel Duchamp, and John Cage. Baas's contribution is Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, an accessible and engaging exhibition and catalogue intended to present this unconventional "art" in an experiential way. For those who would like to better understand Fluxus from both historical and experiential points of view, don't miss this informative and insightful lecture.

Jacquelynn Baas was a museum-practice student of Charles H. Sawyer, UMMA Director from 1957 to 1972. She received both her MA and PhD in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan, and was Registrar and then Assistant to the Director at UMMA from 1974 to 1982.  Baas went on to Dartmouth College, where she served as Chief Curator and then Founding Director of the Hood Museum of Art. Baas is currently Emeritus Director of the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and an independent scholar and arts consultant. In the course of her museum career Baas has organized over thirty exhibitions including The Artistic Revival of the Woodcut in France 1850-1900, a traveling exhibition that opened at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in 1983; The Independent Group: Postwar Britain and the Aesthetics of Plenty; The Here and the Hereafter: Images of Paradise in Islamic Art; and Transformation: The Art of Joan Brown, a major retrospective organized by the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and the Oakland Museum of California, 1998–99. More recently, Baas has curated No Boundary: Duchamp, Cage, and Especially Fluxus for the 6th Gwangju Biennale, 2006; and now Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, which opened at the Hood in April 2011. Baas has published books, essays, and reviews on subjects ranging from print culture to the Mexican muralists, and from Asian perspectives in European and American art to Fluxus and contemporary art.


This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and was generously supported by Constance and Walter Burke, Dartmouth College Class of 1944, the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund, and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund. UMMA's installation is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Arts at Michigan, and the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events

March 13

Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

Tuesday, March 13, 11 am - 12:30 pm

The bells will be ringing! Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance of Ben Patterson, one of the Fluxus originators, play La Monte Young's 566 for Henry Flynt on the Baird Memorial Carillon.

This performance is one in a series of programs featuring Mr. Patterson including an installation of selected works and performance at the DAAS Gallery in Haven Hall on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 pm and The Fluxus String and Water Compendium in UMMA's Helmut Stern Auditorium on March 14 at 7:30.


Special thanks to Steven Ball, the University of Michigan Carilloneur, David Doris and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

These programs are offered in conjunction with UMMA's exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life on view until May 20, 2012. This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and was generously supported by Constance and Walter Burke, Dartmouth College Class of 1944, the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund, and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund. UMMA’s installation is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Arts at Michigan, and the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts, Special Events



Special Event

Tuesday, March 13, 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

March 14

Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

UMMA cordially invites you to join Fluxus originator Ben Patterson, UM History of Art professor David T. Doris, and an all-star cast of well-heeled miscreants for a Pleasant, Smoke-Free Evening of Mostly Inoffensive Fluxus Entertainments. In the elegant atmosphere of UMMA's Helmut Stern Auditorium, witness and participate in an astonishing array of activities, including: counting, dripping, throwing, drawing straight lines (and following them), describing objects, cutting paper, opening umbrellas, and turning lights on and off. Suggested attire: formal evening wear; cocktail dresses for ladies, jackets and ties for gentlemen.

Ben Patterson, born 1934 in Pittsburgh, is a musician, artist, and one of the founders of the Fluxus movement. Patterson received his Bachelor of Music in 1956 from the University of Michigan and went on to perform as a double bassist with a variety of international orchestras. In 1960 he moved to Cologne, Germany, where he became active in the more radical contemporary music scene focused at the studio of Mary Bauermeister and "Contra Festival." It was during this festival that he met John Cage, a meeting which Patterson says "changed my life forever!" In 1961 he moved to Paris, where he collaborated with Robert Filliou and Daniel Sporrie on several projects, including a "Fluxus sneak-preview" at Gallerie Giardon in July 1962. Patterson was an organizer and participant in the first Fluxus Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1962. In 1963, Patterson received his masters degree from Columbia University. Patterson has performed or has had his works exhibited in more than 500 venues around the world. Currently he is occupied assisting several European museums, including the Museum Wiesbaden, in planning and developing activities and events celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Fluxus. Patterson claims that he made his first Fluxus performance in 1955 at the Michigan/Ohio State football game, when he led the tuba section of the marching band to the wrong side of the field during the final "script mich" formation of the half-time show. He says, "After you have had 100,000 people laugh you off the field, you are ready for anything."

UM's David Doris speaks about the Fluxus String and Water Compendium in this video


The exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and was generously supported by Constance and Walter Burke, Dartmouth College Class of 1944, the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund, and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund. UMMA’s installation is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Arts at Michigan, and the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.

categories: Artists and Curators, Artmaking, Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events

March 15

Writers Series

Thursday, March 15, 5:10 pm - 6:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Lysley Tenorio's stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Manoa, The Chicago Tribune, and The Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a graduate of the University of Oregon Creative Writing Program, he is a recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, a National Magazine Award nomination, and fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, he currently lives in San Francisco, and is an Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s College of California. 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



Special Event

Thursday, March 15, 7:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Opened in 1901, Glasgow's Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery expressed the confidence of Victorians that one museum could house a world encyclopedia — with Old Masters and Egyptian mummies, French Impressionists and Scottish wildlife, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and arms and armor. By the 1990s the 100,000 square foot museum regularly achieved over one million visits each year, in a city of 600,000 people. It was however very tired, with failing systems and some displays that had not been renewed since the 1940s. The philosophy of the refurbishment was to build on Victorian commitments to the museum as a center for public education, but also to reflect a century of developments in psychology, communications and respect for diversity, as well as many experiments in access in Glasgow's other museums (Glasgow has the largest civic museum complex in the UK.) The aim was to create an object-based, visitor-centered, flexible and responsive museum. In its first year after reopening Kelvingrove had over 3,000,000 visits, making it the 14th most visited museum in the world, ahead of MOMA and the Uffizi. This lecture will explore the philosophy behind the refurbishment and the successes and failures of its implementation.

categories: Artists and Curators, Special Events

March 16

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, March 16, 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, March 16, 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



Haroon Mirza

Friday, March 16, 7 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

"Mirza makes art that involves moving parts, electrical wizardry and video, all of it held together by sound." –The Guardian

Hear directly from Haroon Mirza, chosen for the 2011 Venice Biennale Silver Lion Award for the most promising young artist, in conversation with British musician and writer David Toop and leading contemporary art curator, Elizabeth Thomas. Thomas is the guest curator of UMMA's exhibition of his work, the artist's first solo museum exhibition in the US.

Mirza's installations, which could also be considered unique time-based concerts, have captured the attention of the public and critics alike; in addition to the Biennale award, he was awarded the prestigious Northern Art Prize in 2010 (he lives in Sheffield, England, as well as London). 

David Toop is a musician, author, and curator who writes frequently for the The Wire. His most recent book is Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener (2010), which explores the experience of listening as it is embodied in the visual arts, poetry, and fiction. In addition to curating or collaborating on eighteen albums, in 2000 Toop curated the landmark sound art exhibition Sonic Boom at London’s Hayward Gallery.

Elizabeth Thomas is one of the leading contemporary art curators working today, well known for her adventurous approach as well as her commitment to supporting artists in the production of new work. Most recently she directed the Matrix program at Berkeley Art Museum and the Forum program at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
 
Haroon Mirza is on view March 17–July 22. Attendees will have the opportunity to preview the exhibition and to meet the artist at a public reception following this talk.


This exhibition is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the Susan and Richard Gutow Fund, and the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events

March 18

Guided Tour

Sunday, March 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

March 20

Special Event

Tuesday, March 20, 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
 


Participate in the ancient practice of yoga in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum of Art. Based on 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

March 21

Jazz Series

Wednesday, March 21, 8 pm - 10 pm
Forum

Stephen Rush and Jeremy Edwards have been playing and performing together for over a decade in a variety of musical situations. From jazz, musical theatre, opera, electronic, and now acoustic duo, the two have formed a deep musical connection that defies genre. Their first and recently released album Naked Dance! features five original compositions from Rush and one from Edwards that explore the possibilities of the acoustic piano and drum combination. For more about their unique musical language and inspiration—arising in part from using Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's Oblique Strategies cards as an impetus for improvisation—visit www.rushedwards.com.

Stephen Rush is a Professor at the University of Michigan, where he works with students from music, dance, art, and engineering as the director of the Digital Music Ensemble and teacher of creative process. Rush has had premieres in five continents, and released over twenty-five CDs, as well as a book on jazz theology titled Better Get It In Your Soul (2008). Rush has premiered and recorded his music with major orchestras and performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Grimes, Steve Swell, Eugene Chadbourne, Pauline Oliveros, his band Yuganaut, "Blue" Gene Tyranny, and the late Peter Kowald.

Jeremy Edwards is a drummer/percussionist, recording engineer, composer, and educator working in a variety of musical genres. He received a bachelor's degree in music technology and percussion and a masters degree in improvisation from the University of Michigan. Jeremy has actively toured the United States and Canada performing original music and continues to perform locally with rock, jazz, and experimental music groups. Jeremy works for the UM School of Music, Theatre, and Dance as a music and multimedia computer specialist and lecturer. Edwards has performed with Skeleton Birds, The Silent Years, Thomas Buckner, and has engineered sessions with Geri Allen, Bob Hurst, and Karriem Riggins, including the NAACP Image award-nominated album Geri Allen & Timeline Live!


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

March 22

Writers Series

Thursday, March 22, 5:10 pm - 6:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Bruce Duffy is the author of the autobiographical novel Last Comes the Egg (1997), and Disaster Was My God, a novel based on the life and work of the poet Arthur Rimbaud. Writing in Salon, Joyce Carol Oates named The World As I Found It as one of "five great nonfiction novels," calling it "one of the most ambitious first novels ever published." It was reissued in 2010 as one of the New York Review of Books Classics. A former Guggenheim fellow, Duffy has won the Whiting Writer’s Award and a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award. The author will be available to sign books after the reading. As always, books will be available for purchase on site.

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 23

UM Student Programming

Friday, March 23, 7 pm - 8:30 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

March 24



Saturday, March 24, 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



Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

Saturday, March 24, 1 pm - 4 pm
Multipurpose Room
Instructor: Christina Burch
$28 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included. Advance registration required by Wednesday, March 21. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.


Through the UMMA exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, this workshop will present the study, appreciation, and creation of art as an exciting and intellectually rewarding experience, as well as the notion that art is something that can play an active role in approaching life's most essential questions. Explore intermedia and engage in the spontaneous creation of works of art in the spirit of the Fluxus movement. Taken from the Latin "to flow," Fluxus emerged in the early 1960s as a loose, international network of artists, poets, composers, and designers noted for blurring the boundaries between art and life. Fluxus artists challenged the notion of high art by creating unassuming, often humorous objects and performances that redefined the terms of artistic production by demonstrating the idea that "anything can be art and anyone can do it." Fluxus works attempt to undermine the idea that art is separate from the activity of living one's life.

categories: Artmaking, Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events

March 25

Guided Tour

Sunday, March 25, 1 pm - 2 pm

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

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Special Event

Sunday, March 25, 1 pm - 4 pm
Multipurpose Room

1-4 pm. Producers of FestiFools are excited to announce the second annual public art event FoolMoon, featuring hundreds of handmade illuminated sculptural lanterns. Come learn how to make a free "luminary" based on the LS&A theme semester "Language: The Human Quintessence." 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 Friday, March 30 (gathering at dusk on the UMMA front lawn) for a culminating procession (to Downtown Ann Arbor!) for a 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 go to http://festifools.org.


categories: Artmaking, Family, Special Events



Guided Tour

Sunday, March 25, 2 pm - 3 pm

Noted for blurring the boundaries between art and life, Fluxus artists such as George Maciunas, Nam June Paik, George Brecht, and Yoko Ono, among many others, challenged the notion of high art by creating unassuming, often humorous objects and performances. Their work redefined the terms of artistic production by demonstrating the idea that "anything can be art and anyone can do it" and by their disregard for traditional artistic media.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

March 27

Special Event

Tuesday, March 27, 5 pm - 6 pm
Multipurpose Room

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



Special Event

Tuesday, March 27, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Roslyn Hammers, a UM History of Art alumna and expert on peonies in Chinese culture, will speak on the topic of the role the peony has played in the history of Chinese art and literature. As early as the Tang dynasty (618–907) the allure of the peony had become obsessive, bordering on mania. By the Northern Song (960–1127), according to some floral connoisseurs, the species had already nearly one hundred varieties, and the peonies of the great city of Luoyang were revered as the best under heaven. Every March during times of peace, Louyang experienced a carnival of peony extravaganza, as admirers vied to create, own, and display the most ravishing specimens. Under the weight of such sensational attention, the peony became imbued with a wide range of associations. The temptations of the flower, long associated with feminine seductiveness, compelled poets to extol its sensuous charms. For most aficionados, the voluptuous peony was celebrated in paintings, praised in poetry, and acclaimed in botanical studies. For others, however, the floral beauty was regarded as a subject too seductive for proper scholarly attention or artistic expression. This presentation explores varying facets of the Song-dynasty peony as presented in paintings, poetry, and prose in order to reclaim the complexities it evoked as well as to consider the anxieties the blossoming temptress inspired.

The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is cosponsoring Dr. Hammers's talk with the UM Center for Chinese Studies, the Confucius Institute, UMMA, and History of Art (LSA). Free and open to the public.

categories: Artists and Curators, Special Events

March 29

Writers Series

Thursday, March 29, 5 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Jennifer Holm received a Newbery Honor for her first novel, Our Only May Amelia. She is also the author of the Babymouse series, the Boston Jane series, Turtle in Paradise, Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf, and The Creek, among other titles. Her books have been translated into several languages and the Seattle Children's Theatre staged Our Only May Amelia in 2002. Her husband, Jonathan Hamel, and she recently collaborated on a series called The Stink Files about a British international cat of mystery. Holm lives in Northern California. The author will be available to sign books after the reading. As always, books will be available for purchase on site. 

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 30

Film

Friday, March 30, 3 pm - 5 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

In-person stories shared from the festival's 50 years, including AAFF founder George Manupelli, performance artist Pat Oleszko, past festival director Ruth Bradley, longtime festival goer and presenter Gerry Fialka and other special guests. Attendees are encouraged to participate and contribute their own festival experiences and stories.

George Manupelli founded the AAFF in 1963 and was the festival's director for two decades. As an artist he designed the first 20 years of AAFF posters and participated as a filmmaker with more than a dozen of his films,  including the iconic Dr. Chicago. Manupelli was a Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Architecture and Design, Dean of the San Francisco Art Institute, and a Professor at York University. He resides in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.

Ruth Bradley was AAFF Director for the 20th through 24th festivals, incorporated the festival as a non-profit in 1983 and was actively involved for many years prior. In 1985 she completed her dissertation The Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1963-1982: A History of Illustrating the Genres of American Avant-Garde Cinema for a doctoral degree in American Culture at the University of Michigan. She is currently the Director of Ohio University's Athens Center for Film and Video, Executive Director of the Athena Cinema and has served as Director for Athens International Film and Video Festival for 25 years.

Pat Oleszko created legendary performances and wearable artworks during the early years of the AAFF. The body is Oleszko’s armature for ideas; utilizing elaborate costumes and props, she has created lithe performances, films, and installations that include trees, knees, breasts, and elephants. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990 and was a Witt Artist in Residence at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design in 2009. She currently resides in New York City.

Gerry Fialka began attending the AAFF in 1971, participated a presenter six times and was actively involved for many more. He is a film curator, writer, and lecturer and has conducted research into the history of the AAFF, with more than 50 interviews of filmmakers and audience-goers. In 1990 he founded the PXL THIS film festival, one of the longest running in Los Angeles. He currently resides in Venice, California.

March 27 through April 1, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America. The festival will present over 40 programs with close to 200 films over the six-day event.


categories: Film, Special Events



Writers Series

Friday, March 30, 7 pm - 8:30 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: Writers Series



SMTD@UMMA

Friday, March 30, 8 pm - 10 pm
Apse

Led by UM professor and composer Steve Rush, the UM Digital Music Ensemble is in a Fluxus state of mind, presenting Robert Ashley's In Memoriam…Kit Carson (1963) and the premiere of Rush's own new opera U. S. Grant, rife with electronics and Civil War songs. According to Rush, "There is great freedom not thinking the only way to present ideas to performers is through the traditional 'dots-on-a-page' technique. Fluxus reinterprets performance as possibility and the celebration of the ordinary in contradistinction to the exceptional."

The SMTD@UMMA performance series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund. The exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and was generously supported by Constance and Walter Burke, Dartmouth College Class of 1944, the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund, and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund. UMMA's installation is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Arts at Michigan, and the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund. 

categories: Performing Arts, Special Events



UM Student Programming

Friday, March 30, 10 pm - 12 am
Galleries

UMMA's annual Student Late Night will be a fun-filled night of Fluxus! Featuring one-of-a-kind, off the wall performance events, music, food, and countless wacky wonders, come join the third annual Late Night exclusively for students. Conceived in conjunction with the exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, this is a night not to miss! Explore the exhibition, make your own Fluxus artwork, roam the galleries traveling from ancient times to the contemporary sound and sculpture artist Haroon Mirza's installation and find yourself contemplating some essential questions: Change? Danger? Freedom? Happiness? And Art (what's it good for)?

Sponsored by the UMMA Student Programming and Advisory Council and WCBN, with support from the University of Michigan Credit Union. The exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and was generously supported by Constance and Walter Burke, Dartmouth College Class of 1944, the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund, and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund. UMMA's installation is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Arts at Michigan, and the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund. 
  
The title for this event was inspired by Roberts Watts's 1963 work Events, courtesy of the Robert Watts Estate. 

 


categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events, UM Student Programs

March 31

Special Event

Saturday, March 31, 8:30 am - 3:15 pm
Advance registration required: umma.umich.edu/education/workshops.html

UMMA invites Michigan art educators to an exciting full-day workshop with Art 21's Joe Fusaro. Noted for blurring the boundaries between art and life, Fluxus artists challenged the notion of high art by creating unassuming, often humorous objects and performances and demonstrating the idea that "anything can be art and anyone can do it." Art21 has been a leader in the chronicling of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning series, Art in the Twenty-First Century. Through the television series and other vehicles, Art21 has created a new paradigm for teaching and learning about the creative process. Recently they launched Art21 Educators, a professional development initiative designed to cultivate and support K–12 educators interested in bringing contemporary art, artists, and ideas into their classrooms. Join us as Art21 meets Fluxus and experience bold new strategies for exploring contemporary art.

The exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and was generously supported by Constance and Walter Burke, Dartmouth College Class of 1944, the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund, and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund. UMMA's installation is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Arts at Michigan, and the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.

categories: Contemporary Art, Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events