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April 1

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 1, 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, April 1, 2 pm - 4 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

This is Not a Film is a day-in-the-life documentary of Jafar Panahi's experience of being under house arrest, filmed almost entirely inside his apartment in Tehran, as he creatively expresses his frustration of not being allowed to do what comes so naturally to this passionate writer and filmmaker: make films. Jafar Panahi, the Iranian writer and director of internationally acclaimed films such as The White Balloon, The Circle, and Offside, is under house arrest and a twenty year ban on making films, leaving Iran, and talking to the media. This is Not a Film is a courageous effort by Panahi and his co-director Motjaba Mirtahmasb to fight against censorship and for the human rights of not only his colleagues in the Iranian film industry, but of filmmakers everywhere.

Acclaimed filmmaker Jill Godmilow will be in attendance to introduce this program. Godmilow has earned a substantial reputation during more than four decades of film and video making. She is considered one of the primary practitioners in the American non-fiction genre. Since 1973 her films have been screened internationally, including at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

NYTimes review of This Is Not A Film:
http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/movies/hes-jafar-panahi-but-this-is-not-a-film.html

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



Guided Tour

Sunday, April 1, 2 pm - 3 pm

This docent-led tour of the Haroon Mirza installation introduces visitors to Mirza's exploration of the relationships humans have with sound that occurs through objects, actions, and forces. He has captured the attention of the public and critics alike and was awarded the prestigious Northern Art Prize in 2010 and the 2011 Venice Biennale Silver Lion Award for the most promising young artist. This is Mirza’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

April 3

Special Event

Tuesday, April 3, 8 pm - 10 pm
Apse

Jerry Blackstone directs the UM Chamber Choir in a unique concert presentation of continuous musical performance. Works from a wide array of composers, genres, and styles are connected through topic and tone, focusing on summer, Mary, and rebirth—motifs abundant in UMMA's collection. The sound of the choir will enfold the audience as the ensemble explores new configurations within the Museum's cathedral-like Apse.

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

categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs

April 5

Writers Series

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

Roohi Choudhry grew up in Pakistan, southern Africa, and the Middle East, and her writing often draws from her migratory experiences. Her short stories have appeared in the journal Callaloo and the anthologies Desilicious and 21 Under 40. Her non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Hyphen Magazine, Bitch Magazine, The Encyclopedia Project, Fiction Writers Review and on Bookslut. She was awarded writing residencies at Hedgebrook and the Mesa Refuge. Currently, she is working on a collection of short stories set in Pakistan, and a novel set in Durban, South Africa.
 
Jaimien Delp received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded a Zell Postgraduate Fellowship and was a semi-finalist for the Hopwood Theodore Roethke Prize. She earned her BA in Drama and Creative Writing from Bennington College. Her collection of poems, Point of Sand, was awarded the Michigan Writers Chapbook Prize in 2009. Her work has also appeared in the Dunes Review and Traverse Magazine. Jaimien spends her summers in Northern Michigan, where she teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is currently at work on her first full-length collection of poems.

Leigh Gallagher was born in a small town in the gold country of Northern California. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and then stayed on in the city to work in elementary schools, a used bookstore, and a fancy bakery. In 2010 she received a Hopwood Award in short fiction. Her stories have been published in American Short Fiction, Instant City, and Big Bell. In 2011 she graduated from the University of Michigan’s MFA program, and is currently at work on a novel about love, conceptual art, and many other things.

Francine J. Harris has recent work appearing in Rattle, Callaloo, Michigan Quarterly Review, and is the author of the recent chapbook between old trees. She is a Cave Canem fellow and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first collection, allegiance, is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2012.

Tricia Khleif is using her time as a Zell Fellow to work on a novel about politics, music, and family life in Syria. While completing her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, she received Hopwood Awards for the Novel and for Graduate Short Fiction, as well as the Chamberlain Award for Creative Writing and the Frederick Busch Prize in Creative Writing. In her previous life, she studied French and Arabic literature, worked as an Arabic translator and archivist, performed and recorded with a folk-rock band in Washington DC, and taught English (and English-through-karaoke) in Damascus, Syria.

Ann Marie Thornburg was born and raised in Michigan. Her poetry has appeared in the Boston Review, and she currently writes for the Michigan Quarterly Review and MAKE Literary Magazine. She is grateful for the gift of this fellowship year, which she hopes to spend thinking, reading, and writing about many things, particularly the relationships between humans and other animals.

Jennifer Tomscha was born and raised in the great plains. She has a Master of Theology from Harvard Divinity School and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her work is forthcoming in Glimmer Train.


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, April 5, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

The ONE Campaign at the University of Michigan is proud to present the ONE Night Stand: Thirsty Thursday awareness concert in honor of World Water Day. Students, faculty, and residents are invited to spend one rewarding night learning about global access to clean water while enjoying vibrant performances by local singing groups and dance crews. While the atmosphere of the concert is both fun and entertaining, it also provides the chance to address a serious issue. There are currently 884 million people without access to clean water globally, a number that demands both our attention and involvement. After the concert, audience members will have the unique opportunity to take a stand immediately by participating in a variety of advocacy actions to help individuals in need. The concert is free to the public; all we ask is for your help in making our voices heard.

The ONE Campaign is an international grassroots advocacy organization that mobilizes individuals to join the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. Since its inception in 2005, ONE has rallied over 2 million members worldwide. We pressure political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, putting children in school, and improving futures.


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

categories: Performing Arts, Special Events, UM Student Programs

April 6

Guided Tour

Friday, April 6, 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



UM Student Programming

Friday, April 6, 7 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Swaranjali is a free Indian classical music and dance concert presenting many different styles and types of art forms - including, but not limited to, nine different types of classical East Indian dance and South Asian (Pakistani, Persian, and Indian) vocal and instrumental music. The event showcases an amalgamation of cultural arts and is sure to broaden the global knowledge of the audience. It brings together various communities based solely on each community's passion for the arts - putting aside extraneous barriers. This event will expose audience members to unique forms of art - in fact, more than just being a night of entertainment, the event is an enriching experience. The pieces presented cover a broad range - from the purely classical dance forms of Bharatanatyam from South India and Odissi from North India to the fusion of Persian, Pakistani, Indian, and Western vocal and instrumental musical compositions.
 
Michigan Sahana seeks to both spread awareness of a unique culture of art styles as well as have a positive impact on the lives of students by broadening their knowledge and perspectives about global culture. Additionally, it has been scientifically researched and proven that music and the arts can enhance and develop brain function - this is known as the Mozart Effect. A night of culturally-influenced classical arts will have a positive effect on many other aspects of students' lives and learning experiences.


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

categories: Performing Arts, Special Events, UM Student Programs

April 7



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

Go beyond traditional concepts of drawing! Explore alternative approaches by using non-traditional materials and surfaces (sand, fabric, wax, etc.), processes and techniques. Through risk-taking experimentation, transform drawings into objects, instead of the depiction of objects.

categories: Artmaking

April 8

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 8, 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, April 8, 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

April 10

Special Event

Tuesday, April 10, 5 pm - 6 pm
Multipurpose Room
Advance registration required: mhealthy.umich.edu/exercise; $75 UM employees/$85 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. Registration begins April 2. Contact 734.975.3056 or cmgi@umich.edu for more information.

categories: Special Events

April 12

Special Event

Thursday, April 12, 7 pm - 11 pm

Over 900 people attended our fall After Hours event and this spring we hope you’ll help us break our own record. All are invited to this free evening event to enjoy four special exhibitions, including work by sound and visual artist Haroon Mirza, renowned experimental theater and video artist Robert Wilson, the historical Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, and part two of a "curator's choice" of new acquisitions. Curator conversations, music, and light refreshments round out the evening.

Lead Sponsor:

Fidelity

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

April 14

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, April 14, 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, April 11. 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. The price covers two family members and supplies for one shared project. No children under five; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

categories: Artmaking, Family

April 15

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 15, 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, April 15, 2 pm - 3 pm

Asian art, both historic and modern in ceramics, woodwork and basketry representing Hindu and Buddhist practices will be on view in this selection of exciting recent acquisitions. Docents will engage visitors in conversation on artists as diverse as Japanese ceramic artist Kôyama Kiyoko, local favorite Larry Cressman, and the acclaimed Michele Oka Doner—all included in this exhibition.
 


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

April 17

UM Student Programming

Tuesday, April 17, 7 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Join us for a concert of original work by UM student singer-songwriters. These nine students participated in singer-songwriter Dick Siegel's Honors workshop Singing Out of Our Minds.

The course explored American roots songwriting in order to help gain a greater understanding of the songwriting process itself. Students created new songs each week, and performed them in the workshop.

Guests will hear a selection of these songs sung—and in most instances accompanied—by the songwriters themselves.


categories: Performing Arts, Special Events, UM Student Programs

April 18

Jazz Series

Wednesday, April 18, 8 pm - 10 pm
Forum

Alekos Syropoulos and Michael Malis are Greek Americans who grew up surrounded by Greek music and are also trained jazz musicians. Together they explore music that accommodates these seemingly divergent perspectives, incorporating jazz vocabulary into Greek music and Greek musical vocabulary into jazz music. Their hope is that their music illuminates new connections and new pathways into the future, while keeping an eye on their collective past.
 
Michael Malis is a jazz pianist and composer from the Detroit area. He graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan, where he studied jazz piano and English. While at UM, he had the pleasure of studying with the eminent jazz pianist Geri Allen. In 2008, he was a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, as part of their ongoing Conservatory Project. 
 
Alekos Syropoulos began studying classical piano at the age of four and later made a transition to the alto saxophone when he was ten. Currently majoring in jazz studies for saxophone at UM, Alekos studies with Andrew Bishop, Ellen Rowe, and Geri Allen. As a performer, Alekos plays with several groups and ensembles, including the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble, the Vincent Chandler Septet, the Paul Keller Jazz Orchestra, and his own group, Syropoulos Rex. 


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

April 20

Special Event

Friday, April 20, 8 pm - 10 pm
Apse

In his new cantata, Recep Gul revisits a tragedy from the past: the Greco-Turkish Compulsory Religious Population Exchange of 1923. Inspired by Turkish, Greek, and Western musical traditions, this piece will be a first for bringing together Greek and Turkish experience in a Western musical setting. Drawing text from testimonies, folk songs and folk poetry of immigrants, the piece vividly displays the stories of two women—one Orthodox Christian, one Muslim—uprooted from their lands and forced to leave their homes.

Recep Gul was born in 1982 in Samsun, Turkey. He started his musical career in Turkey and conducted Bogazici University Classical Music Choir, sang in various choirs, and founded an a capella jazz group with which he released the first a capella jazz album in Turkey. He received his masters degree in composition from Istanbul Technical University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Music, studying with Pieter Snapper and Kamran Ince. His music has been performed in new music festivals and concerts in Turkey, Germany and the United States by ensembles including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 he was awarded both the Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and the Institute for the Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship at the University of Michigan. He is currently a fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities and in April will receive his DMA degree in composition from UM where he studied with Bright Sheng, Paul Schoenfield, Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, and Erik Santos.

This program is co-sponsored by the UM School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the Institute for Humanities, the Modern Greek Studies Department and UMMA.

categories: Performing Arts, Special Events, UM Student Programs

April 21

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA
Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

Saturday, April 21, 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, April 18. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Through the UMMA exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, this workshop, offered twice, 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

April 22

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 22, 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, April 22, 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

April 28

Special Event

Saturday, April 28, 11 am - 1 pm
Galleries
Registration required at www.slowartday.com.

Slow down, you look too fast!  An annual event held around the world celebrating the joy of looking at art slowly. View pre-selected works of art on your own and then gather for lunch to discuss the experience with other participants and UMMA docents. This program is free of charge.


categories: Artists and Curators, Contemporary Art, Special Events

April 29

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 29, 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, April 29, 2 pm - 3 pm

Asian art, both historic and modern in ceramics, woodwork and basketry representing Hindu and Buddhist practices will be on view in this selection of exciting recent acquisitions. Docents will engage visitors in conversation on artists as diverse as Japanese ceramic artist Kôyama Kiyoko, local favorite Larry Cressman, and the acclaimed Michele Oka Doner—all included in this exhibition.
 


categories: Gallery Talks and Tours