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January 5

Writers Series

Thursday, January 5, 5:10–6 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Christian Campbell is a writer of Bahamian and Trinidadian heritage and the author of Running the Dusk (2010). An Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toronto, he studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and received a PhD at Duke. His work has been published widely in journals and anthologies in the Caribbean, the UK, the US, and Canada. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa calls Running the Dusk "the gutsy work of a long-distance runner who possesses the wit and endurance, the staying power of authentic genius." Running the Dusk was shortlisted for the Cave Canem Prize (US), the Forward Poetry Prize for the Best First Book (UK) and the inaugural Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award (Caribbean), and won the 2010 Aldeburgh First Collection Prize (UK) and a Lannan Residency Fellowship (US).

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

January 8

Guided Tour

Sunday, January 8, 1–2 p.m.

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, January 8, 2–3 p.m.

The five photographers in this exhibition observe the sometimes volatile civil and political transformations facing society and look reflectively at contemporary culture, recording history as it unfolds slowly over time. Docents and visitors will explore this extraordinary visual record together.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

January 10

Special Event

Tuesday, January 10, 5–6 p.m.
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

January 12

Writers Series

Thursday, January 12, 5:10–6 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered and Matadora. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence, and other journals. She holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the Creative Writing Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers and grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative, and the MacDowell Colony. She is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University. Together with Joseph O. Legaspi, she co-founded Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American poets.

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

January 13

Guided Tour

Friday, January 13, 12:15–12:45 p.m.

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



Special Event

Friday, January 13, 7:30–9 p.m.
Apse
Please note this concert has been moved from our Auditorium to the Apse.

Admission is free. Tickets are required and available beginning January 1 through the Michigan Union Ticket Office in the basement of the Michigan Union at 530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109. Limit 2 per person. Call to check availability at 734-763-8587. Tickets must be acquired in person; no phone reservations.

Known as "The Voice" in his home country of South Africa, VusiMahlasela is celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. His songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a better future. After his popular debut on BMG Africa, "When You Come Back," he was asked to perform at Mandela's inauguration in 1994. He wrote most of the soundtrack for the award winning documentary, Amandla: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony and has performed with superstars such as Bela Fleck and Paul Simon.

Described as a person who "changes the world daily with his voice, his music, and his heart," Mahlasela started his first band with a homemade guitar that he crafted from discarded cooking oil cans and fishing wire. As a teenager he saw hundreds of black South Africans massacred during the 1976 Soweto Uprising, and he responded through his music. Despite his own difficulties with South African authorities, Mahlasela has consistently used his music to deliver a message about the resilience of the human spirit and the struggle for freedom.

Mr. Mahlasela's performance is a UM Center for World Performance Studies Signature Event and is cosponsored by UMMA.

categories: Performing Arts

January 14



Saturday, January 14, 11–11:30 a.m.

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

January 15

Guided Tour

Sunday, January 15, 1–2 p.m.

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, January 15, 2–3 p.m.

Gather in UMMA’s Project Gallery to tour fifteen of Mark di Suvero's rarely exhibited smaller scale pieces, or tabletops. The tabletops are an expressionistic and engaging genre as well as an exploration of the artist’s ideas relating to the calligraphic nature of form, balance, proportion, and movement.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Special Event

Sunday, January 15, 2–4 p.m.
4th Floor East Conference Room, Rackham Graduate School
915 E Washington St

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

John Kannenberg (MFA Student, Art and Design, UM) and Terry Wilfong (Associate Curator, Kelsey Museum and Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies, UM) will explore the varied roles sound can play within the museum experience, roles often overlooked by curators and designers. The discussion will also explore whether "museums of sound" could become commonplace and, if so, what such collections might contain.

categories: Artists and Curators

January 17

Special Event

Tuesday, January 17, 5–6 p.m.
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

January 18

Jazz Series

Wednesday, January 18, 8–9:30 p.m.
Forum

Vincent Chandler is one of the finest trombonists to hail from Detroit since Curtis Fuller (an important influence) and received hands-on performance training from local heroes such as Kenn Cox, Marcus Belgrave, Harold McKinney, Teddy Harris, Wendell Harrison, Rodney Whitaker, and James Carter. Chandler has performed with jazz greats such as Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Geri Allen, and Christian McBride. He was a featured artist at the 2009 Playboy Jazz Festival, where he performed with Herbie Hancock and Marcus Miller. Chandler is the former bandleader of the popular regionally based quintet Urban Transport. He is a member of the Roy Hargrove Big Band and is a featured soloist on Hargrove’s first big band CD, Emergence. He is also featured on an October 2011 CD release by the well-known James Carter.

This monthly series, curated by UM Associate Professor Adam Unsworth, presents outstanding local artists in an intimate setting. This series is made possible by the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

categories: Performing Arts

January 19

Writers Series

Thursday, January 19, 5:10 p.m.–12 a.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Joanna Scott is the author of eight novels, including Follow Me, Liberation, Tourmaline, Make Believe, The Manikin, and Arrogance, and two collections of short fiction, Various Antidotes and Everybody Loves Somebody. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Harpers, Esquire, Conjunctions, Black Clock, Subtropics, and other journals. She has reviewed for the New York Times, The Nation, and the Los Angeles Times. Her books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN-Faulkner, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ambassador Book Award from the English-Speaking Union, and the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English at the University of Rochester.

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

January 20

Mark Webster Reading Series

Friday, January 20, 7–9 p.m.
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

January 21

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, January 21, 1–4 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
$28 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included. Advance registration required by Wednesday, January 18. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Learn the mindful techniques of drawing the Buddha's sublime form with Rob Davis, Buddhist and Resident Artist at Copper Colored Mountain Arts. Drawing the Buddha will focus on this central discipline of Tibetan Thangka Painting as taught to Mr. Davis by his teacher Pema Rinzin. Discover the silence and beauty of all forms through training in the simple practice of drawing and inking the Buddha. This class is excellent for developing focus, training the eye and hand in awareness, and deepening preexisting art techniques. No experience necessary.

categories: Artmaking

January 22

Guided Tour

Sunday, January 22, 1–2 p.m.

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, January 22, 2–3 p.m.

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

January 23

Writers Series

Monday, January 23, 7–9 p.m.
Apse

Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a "wandering poet." She has spent thirty-five years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than twenty-five volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006). She is also the author of Mint Snowball (paragraphs); Never in a Hurry and I'll Ask You Three Times, Are You Okay? Tales of Driving and Being Driven (essays); Habibi and Going, Going (novels for young readers); and Baby Radar and Sitti's Secrets (picture books). Other works include seven prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers, including This Same Sky, The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems & Paintings from the Middle East, and What Have You Lost? Her recent collection of poems for young adults entitled Honeybee won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children's/Young Adult category. Two new books are forthcoming in winter 2012: There Is No Long Distance Now (a collection of very short stories) and Transfer (a book of poetry and prose).

Naomi Shihab Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress). She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, and numerous honors for her children's literature, including two Jane Addams Children's Book Awards. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is a regular columnist for Organica and poetry editor for The Texas Observer. Her work has been presented on National Public Radio on A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac. She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers. She has been visiting writer for full semesters for the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Hawaii. In January 2010 she was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.

There will be a book signing and reception from 6 to 7 pm in the Forum. 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

January 24

Special Event

Tuesday, January 24, 5–6 p.m.
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

January 26

Writers Series

Thursday, January 26, 5:10–6:30 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a "wandering poet." She has spent thirty-five years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry, including 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006). Other works include seven prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers. Two new books are forthcoming in winter 2012: There Is No Long Distance Now (a collection of very short stories) and Transfer (a book of poetry and prose).

Naomi Shihab Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress). She has received many prestigious poetry awards as well as numerous honors for her children's literature, including two Jane Addams Children's Book Awards. She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers.

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

January 27

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, January 27, 11:10 a.m.–1 p.m.
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, January 27, 12:15–12:45 p.m.

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, January 27, 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 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



Mark Webster Reading Series

Friday, January 27, 7–9 p.m.
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

January 28



Saturday, January 28, 11–11:30 a.m.

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, January 28, 1–4 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
$28 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$35 non-members; lab fee $15, materials included. Advance registration required by Wednesday, January 25. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Work as a family to make your own comics story! In this hands-on workshop you'll learn how a cartoonist uses shape, size, and line to write with images. Then each family will divide up into a team consisting of a writer, artist, and letterer, switching between jobs with every page. The result is an improvisational cartoon story you create together. Cartoonist and teaching artist Jerzy Drozd's comics work has been published nationally and has taught comics classes all around Michigan and beyond. Price includes three family members (two adults or one adult and one child) and supplies for one shared project. No children under five years of age, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

categories: Artmaking, Family

January 29

Guided Tour

Sunday, January 29, 1–2 p.m.

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

January 31

Special Event

Tuesday, January 31, 5–6 p.m.
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