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June 13

Special Event

Wednesday, June 13, 6–7:30 p.m.
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I

This June, the A. Alfred Taubman I Gallery features two exciting exhibitions—Judith Turner: The Flatness of Ambiguity and Flip Your Field: Abstract Art from the Collection. This unique program will offer visitors the opportunity to experience art through the lens of the artist, in one case, and the curator in the second. Artist Judith Turner and Abstract Prints curator Celeste Brusati invite you to join them for remarks and conversation in the gallery followed by a reception in the UMMA Commons.

Judith Turner is a noted American photographer whose subject matter is mostly architecture. Turner's training as a designer allows her to understand visually an architect's intention and to reveal it in compositions that she constructs and edits through her camera work. Turner's signature style consists of highly abstract black-and-white compositions that play with the ambiguity of light, shadow, and tonality to reveal visual relationships not readily apparent. 

UMMA's Flip Your Field project series invites scholars to take a fresh look at our collection by curating a show outside their area of expertise. For the first exhibition in the series, UM Professor of History of Art, Women’s Studies, and Art and Design, Celeste Brusati -- an expert in the visual art and culture of the Netherlands from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries -- will curate an exhibition of twentieth-century color abstract art that will complement and contrast with the exhibition of the Judith Turner photographs in the same space.

The Sloan Memorial Lecture honors one of the Museum's most ardent friends and supporters, Doris Sloan, a longtime Museum docent. Established through the generosity of Dr. Herbert Sloan, the annual lecture is a tribute to Dr. and Mrs. Sloan's shared passion for collecting art and fostering its appreciation.

These exhibitions are made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost.

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

Jazz Series

Wednesday, June 13, 8–10 p.m.

The UMMA Jazz Series is delighted to welcome back to Ann Arbor former UM Professor of Jazz Vocals Sunny Wilkinson. Joined on piano by her husband and noted performer and composer Ron Newman, they will lead you in an intimate excursion through song featuring music from the Great American Songbook, penned by such masters as Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields and Cole Porter.

Known for her unique voice and nuanced phrasing, Sunny Wilkinson has sung with music icons including The Count Basie Orchestra, Clark Terry, and many more. Bill Kohlhaase of the LA Times writes "Singer Sunny Wilkinson brightened up a cloudy day with her playful, sometimes mischievous vocal style."

Ron Newman has been a member of the Michigan State University faculty since 1980, initially as Director of Jazz Studies and more recently in the Music Theory department. Active in both the jazz and classical fields as a performer and composer he has received composition commissions from a variety of sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and The New York Concert Artist's Guild. Recent recordings include Two States of Being, written for and recorded by classical trumpeter John Harbaugh on the CD "New Trumpet Vistas," and the award-winning CD "You and I," featuring tubist Marty Erickson and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, on which he played piano and wrote numerous arrangements.

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