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March 16

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, March 16, 11:10 a.m.–1 p.m.
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 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, 2:30–5 p.m.
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

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, 7–9 p.m.
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