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May 6

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 6, 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

May 8

Special Event

Tuesday, May 8, 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

May 9

Jazz Series

Wednesday, May 9, 8 pm - 10 pm
Forum

The Jonathan Ovalle Quartet is a high-energy foursome that performs an engaging mix of Afro-Cuban jazz as well as contemporary straight-ahead originals. Comprised of Andrew Bishop (saxophones and clarinet), Brian DiBlassio (piano), Pat Prouty (bass), and Jonathan Ovalle (drums), all members of the quartet are active performers and mainstays on the Detroit-area Latin/jazz scene. This UMMA presentation will feature a special memorial tribute to the late pianist and composer Clare Fischer, as well as new arrangements and originals by Jonathan Ovalle.
 


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

May 12

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, May 12, 10 am - 1 pm
Multipurpose Room
Instructor: Tracy Swinburn
$28 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included. Advance registration required by Wednesday, May 9. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Make a special Mother's Day gift or give the gift of a floral design class to a special mother. Work with Red Poppy floral designer Tracy Swinburn and use designer-quality blooms and foliage (like cymbidium and dendrobium orchids, craspedia, seeded eucalyptus, scabiosa pods, hydrangea, ranunculus) to create a leaf covered "basket" filled with flowers. Set in Oasis floral foam, the design will last for many days and also dry nicely.

Begin with a discussion of traditional floral arrangements as seen in the UMMA collections. Then unleash your own creativity by choosing and arranging a mix of blooms that best suits your artistic style. All materials included. Space is limited, early registration is encouraged.

categories: Artmaking, Special Events

May 15

Special Event

Tuesday, May 15, 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

May 18

Guided Tour

Friday, May 18, 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

May 19



Saturday, May 19, 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

May 20

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 20, 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



Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

Sunday, May 20, 5 pm - 6 pm

As the lights go down on UMMA’s exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, please join us for a rare performance of Motor Vehicle Sundown, written by Fluxus artist George Brecht and dedicated to the American composer John Cage. This performance by students and faculty from the University of Michigan is presented in conjunction with the annual International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), and in celebration of John Cage's 2012 centennial. Motor Vehicle Sundown is written for any number of motor vehicles arranged outdoors. In true Cagean fashion, 22 timed auditory and visual events and 22 pauses written on randomly shuffled instruction cards are performed on each vehicle.

The performance will take place in parking Lot C-2 on the south side of N. University at Thayer, next to Kraus Natural Science Building.


This program is co-sponsored by NIME, the UM School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the UM College of Engineering and UMMA. 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, Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts, Special Events

May 22

Special Event

Tuesday, May 22, 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

May 26

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, May 26, 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, May 23. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Learn the techniques of wood blocking, as seen in Saitô Kiyoshi’s famous prints in UMMA’s Japanese collection. Be inspired by the art of Chang Ku-nien and other Japanese and Chinese artists. Then create your own unique wood block stationery sets! All materials included.

categories: Artmaking, Special Events

May 27

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 27, 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

May 29

Special Event

Tuesday, May 29, 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