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November 1

Writers Series

Thursday, November 1, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

David Mitchell is the acclaimed author of the novels Cloud Atlas, which was a Man Booker Prize finalist and which was recently made into a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks; Black Swan Green, which was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by Time; Number9Dream, which was short-listed for the Man Booker as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Ghostwritten, awarded the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for best book by a writer under thirty-five and short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award; and most recently, The Thousand Autums of Jacob de Zoet. He lives in Ireland.

The author will be available to sign books after the reading. As always, books will be available for purchase on site.



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 http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp

categories: Writers Series

November 2

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, November 2, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Galleries
Fridays, September 28–November 16, 2012, 11:10 am–1 pm
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.

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



Writers Series

Friday, November 2, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read from 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: Writers Series



Special Event

Friday, November 2, 7 pm - 8:45 pm
Apse

Inspired by the UMMA exhibition African Art and the Shape of Time, the UM Percussion Ensemble brings together works that highlight the living traditions of the African continent and diaspora as well as its significant influence on the music of the West. Compositions of the celebrated Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré and gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) master Kakraba Lobi will be realized on modern Western percussion instruments. The works of contemporary Western composers Derek Bermel, Lukas Ligeti, and Billy Martin, among others, reflect the continuing and profound influence of African musical traditions on the music of European-American culture. As with the exhbition, this presentation will explore African art that is at once firmly rooted in tradition and a living entity evolving through time.

The SMTD@UMMA performance series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund. Lead support for the exhibition African Art and the Shape of Time is provided by the University of Michigan Health System and the James L. and Vivian A. Curtis Endowment Fund. Additional generous support is provided by the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.

categories: Performing Arts, Special Events

November 3

Special Event

Saturday, November 3, 4 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

The Fourth Annual Romanian Film Series at UMMA kicks off with a 4 pm talk by visiting director Bogdan George Apetri followed by the screening of his award-winning film, Outbound (Periferic, 2010 at 5 pm. After the film, a Q and A session hosted by UM lecturer in Germanic Languages and Literature Ramona Uritescu-Lombard and Bogdan George Apetri will wrap up the evening.

Outbound (Periferic) (2010; dir. Bogdan George Apetri, English subtitles, 87 min) Taking to the streets, Matilda (Ana Ularu) has twenty-four hours to make everything right—or wrong, depending on how you look at it. Trapped in a five-year prison sentence for a crime she didn’t commit, Matilda’s already spent two years behind bars and has no intention of serving any more time. Given a day pass for her mother’s funeral, she’s got a lot to make up for and very little time to do it in. Outbound, she hits her targets one by one; she visits her brother, buries her mother, and collects on a debt from a casual lover. Final destination: a cargo ship and the open sea. But first she must contend with the responsibility closest to her heart.

"Outbound is a gripping film, a hard-nosed little thriller […] Ana Ularu carries the film with assurance, letting the character's femininity and mothering instinct show only in subtle smiles and gestures. There is considerable suspense." The Hollywood Reporter

This program is part of the Fourth Annual Romanian Film Festival at UMMA. Please also join us on Sunday, November 4 for a screening of Tuesday after Christmas (Marti, dupa Craciun) (dir. Radu Munteanu) and a lecture by Dr. Corina Kesler. The festival will continue Saturday and Sunday, November 17–18 with screenings of Philanthropy (dir. Nae Caranfil, 2002), and The Phantom Father (Tatal fantoma) (dir. Lucian Georgescu, 2011).

categories: Special Events

November 4

Guided Tour

Sunday, November 4, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA's award-winning docents will guide visitors to experience art through active looking at selected highlights of the collections. These general tours provide a good introduction to the collection and to strategies for looking at art through lively and engaging conversation.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, November 4, 2 pm - 3 pm

Join docents as they explore a new UMMA-commissioned installation by the Seoul-based art collaborative, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (YHCHI). This collaborative is known for innovative video works that exist at the nexus of visual art and digital literature. Blurring the boundaries between media, technologies, and cultural histories, YHCHI has gained international acclaim for their "net art" productions—mostly black- and-white videos of quickly flashing capitalized text in a generic font with synchronized music—which can be seen on the artists' website, yhchang.com.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Special Event

Sunday, November 4, 4 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

UM’s Dr. Corina Kesler will hold a lecture on the (mis)use of the utopian impulse for the purposes of nation-building during two distinct periods: the communist era and post-socialist Romania of the twenty-first century. Following the lecture, there will be the screening of Tuesday after Christmas (Marti, dupa Craciun) (dir. Radu Munteanu, 2010) at 5 pm, and Q and A following the screening.

Tuesday After Christmas (Marti, dupa Craciun) (2010; dir. Radu Munteanu, English subtitles, 99 min) Paul Hanganu loves two women: Adriana his wife and the mother of their daughter, the woman with whom he's shared the thrills of the past ten years; and Raluca the woman who has made him redefine himself. He has to leave one of them before Christmas.

This program is part of the Fourth Annual Romanian Film Festival at UMMA. Please also join us Saturday and Sunday, November 17–18 for screenings of Philanthropy (dir. Nae Caranfil, 2002), and The Phantom Father (Tatal fantoma) (dir. Lucian Georgescu, 2011). And don’t miss a talk by visiting director Bogdan George Apetri and screening of his award-winning Outbound (Periferic) (2010) on November 3.

categories: Special Events

November 8

Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series

Thursday, November 8, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Historic Theater, Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Renowned for eye catching album covers, posters, and his recent book of life lessons, graphic designer Stephan Sagmeister is both a maverick and perfectionist. His motto is "Design that needed guts from the creator and still carries the ghost of these guts in the final execution." Born in Austria, he now lives and works in New York. In 1993 he formed Sagmeister Inc. to design branding, graphics, and packaging for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, the Guggenheim Museum and Time Warner, and he is the author of the design monograph “Made You Look.” His long-standing collaborators include the AIGA, and musicians David Byrne and Lou Reed. In 2005, Sagmeister won the Communications Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. His Stamps presentation explores the possibilities to achieve happiness as a designer, his tactics to make sure his work remains a calling without deteriorating into a job, as well as the chances to design pieces that induce happiness in the audience.

With support from UM Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, AIGA Detroit, the professional association for design.

Established with the generous support of UM School of Art and Design alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Stamps Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities. Additional support is provided by our media sponsor, Michigan Radio.

Events in the Penny Stamps series are always free of charge and open to the public.

categories: Artists and Curators, Special Events



Writers Series

Thursday, November 8, 5:10 pm - 7 pm

Toi Derricotte's new book, The Undertaker's Daughter, was just released. Her previous books are Tender (1997), winner of the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize; Captivity (1989); Natural Birth (1983); and The Empress of the Death House (1978). The Black Notebooks, her literary memoir, was published in 1997 and won the 1998 Anisfield- Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has had essays published in The Best American Essays 2006, edited by Lauren Slater, and The Best American Essays 2011, edited by Edwidge Danticat. Of her poems, Sharon Olds wrote, "Toi Derricotte's poems show us our underlife, tender and dreadful. And they are vibrant poems, poems in the voice of the living creature, the one who escaped—and paused, and turned back, and saw, and cried out. This is one of the most beautiful and necessary voices in American poetry today."

Recognized as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania in 2009, her honors include the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; two Pushcart Prizes; the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists; the Alumni/Alumnae Award from New York University; the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers, Inc.; the Elizabeth Kray Award for service to the field of poetry from Poets House; and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2009, she received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award. With Cornelius Eady, she co-founded Cave Canem Foundation. She is a Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. The author will be available to sign books after the reading.

As always, books will be available for purchase on site.

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 (ĺ64). For more information, please see http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp

categories: Writers Series

November 9

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, November 9, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Fridays, September 28–November 16, 2012, 11:10 am–1 pm
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.

Thisádrop-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, November 9, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Designed specifically for the lunch hour, UMMA staff and student docents will offer thirty minutes of conversation about art in the UMMA galleries around fresh, entertaining, and seasonal themes such as, love, heroes, food, and more. Meet at the Information Desk.
 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Special Event

Friday, November 9, 7 pm - 10 pm
Commons
Apse
Galleries

Art, music, atmosphere—join us for this free community event that will highlight boundary-crossing art from around the globe and across time. Don’t miss innovative video work by Jesper Just, the new UMMA-commissioned installation by Seoul-based artists Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, new approaches to thinking about African art in African Art and the Shape of Time, and a dip into eighteenth-century British America and the role of American artist Benjamin West in shaping history. Enjoy music by local favorite, The Appleseed Collective, curator chats and light refreshments.

UMMA Members receive 25% off in the Museum Store (must show membership card to receive discount).

UMMA After Hours is generously sponsored by Fidelity Investments.

categories: Special Events

November 10



Saturday, November 10, 11:15 am - 11:45 am

Children ages four to seven are invited to hear a story in the galleries. Student docents and UMMA staff will bring art to life as they read stories related to the art on display and invite responses from our youngest patrons. Each story is followed by a short art activity. Parents must accompany children. Siblings are welcome to join the group. Meet at the Information Desk.

categories: Family, Gallery Talks and Tours

November 11

Guided Tour

Sunday, November 11, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA's award-winning docents will guide visitors to experience art through active looking at selected highlights of the collections. These general tours provide a good introduction to the collection and to strategies for looking at art through lively and engaging conversation.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, November 11, 2 pm - 3 pm

How is it that an American painter came to define the British Empire? Benjamin West's iconic painting The Death of General Wolfe (1776) depicts the death of James Wolfe, the British commander at the 1759 Battle of Quebec, one of Great Britain's most famous military victories, during what in this country is known as the French and Indian War. The artist went on to produce six versions of the painting, one of which belongs to the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, on display this fall with approximately forty other works, from Michigan, Canadian, and British collections. Docents will introduce the history and art historical significance of this ambitious exhibition. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

November 14

African Art and the Shape of Time

Wednesday, November 14, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

The study of art and art-making allows greater insight about temporality, or the way time manifests itself in our lives. Yet the question of how art shapes temporal experience remains a largely understudied subject in African art history. This talk by Dr. Prita Meier, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign art historian and co-curator of the UMMA exhibition African Art and the Shape of Time, will consider why concepts of time and time-consciousness have received little attention in African art scholarship, and will discuss the role of African artworks as “objects of time.” In doing so, Dr. Meier will invite audiences to explore how a focus on the temporal side of things can engender new ways of experiencing African art and visual culture more generally.

Prita Meier (PhD, Harvard University) is Assistant Professor of African Art at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary research focuses on the arts of the Swahili coast of east Africa and the politics of cultural translation. She has a book in preparation titled Architecture of the Elsewhere: Swahili Port Cities, Empire and Desire. Her writing, on topics ranging from colonial-period photography to contemporary exhibition praxis, has been featured in African Arts, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Arts, Artforum, and The Arab Studies Journal.

Lead support for the exhibition African Art and the Shape of Time is provided by the University of Michigan Health System and the James L. and Vivian A. Curtis Endowment Fund. Additional generous support is provided by the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Gallery Talks and Tours

November 15

Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series

Thursday, November 15, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Historic Theater, Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Chris Jordan is an artist and cultural activist whose work explores contemporary mass culture, connecting the viewer viscerally to the enormity and power of humanity’s collective behaviors. His works have been exhibited and published worldwide. Running the Numbers looks at contemporary western culture through statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: two million plastic bottles (five minutes of bottle consumption in the US), 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of our can consumption) and so on. Finding meaning in these mass phenomena can sometimes be difficult because the phenomena themselves are often invisible, spread across the earth in millions of separate places. Jordan condenses these phenomena in his work, causing uncomfortable feelings that, for Jordan “can become part of what connects us, serving as fuel for courageous individual and collective action as citizens of a new kind of global community.” In conjunction with a UM campus-wide exhibition of Jordan’s work.

With support from the UM Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, Graham Sustainability Institute, College of Engineering, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Institute for Humanities, Life Sciences Institute, Arts Engine, Program in the Environment, and Chelsea River Gallery.

Established with the generous support of UM School of Art and Design Penny W. Stamps, the Stamps Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities. Additional support is provided by our media sponsor, Michigan Radio.

Events in the Penny Stamps series are always free of charge and open to the public.

categories: Artists and Curators, Special Events



Writers Series

Thursday, November 15, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Terrance Hayes is the author of four books of poetry: Lighthead (2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box, winner of a Pushcart Prize; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including two Pushcart selections, four Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. His poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Fence, The Kenyon Review, Jubilat and Harvard Review. His poetry has been featured on PBS’ The NewsHour. A professor of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University, Hayes lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and children.

The author will be available to sign books after the reading. As always, books will be available for purchase on site.

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 (ĺ64). For more information, please see http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp

categories: Writers Series

November 16

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Friday, November 16, 11:10 am - 1 pm
Fridays, September 28–November 16, 2012, 11:10 am–1 pm
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.

Thisádrop-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



Writers Series

Friday, November 16, 7 pm - 8:30 pm

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: Writers Series

November 17

Special Event

Saturday, November 17, 4 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

UM Lecturer in Germanic Languages and Literature Ramona-Uritescu Lombard will give a lecture on trends in post-socialist Romanian cinema, followed by a screening at 5 pm of Philanthropy (dir. Nae Caranfil, 2002). There will be a Q and A with the audience after the screening.

Philanthropy (Filantropica) (2002; dir. Nae Caranfil, English subtitles, 110 min) A tragi-comedy about a poor sod chasing a dream (and a woman) in chaotic post-socialist Romania. Ovidiu (Mircea Diaconu) is a teacher and struggling writer who still resides with his parents. He falls in love with young, fashionable Diana (Viorica Voda), the sister of one of his students. To impress her, he agrees to a scam thought up by the roguish Pepe (Gheorghe Dinica), a rising man in the beggars’ mob and a brilliant puppetmaster—with hilarious and dire consequences.

This program is part of the Fourth Annual Romanian Film Festival at UMMA. Please also join us for the concluding program on Sunday, November 18 for a screening of The Phantom Father (Tatal fantoma) (dir. Lucian Georgescu, 2011) at 4 pm. Check the website listings for November 3 and 4 for earlier Romanian Film Festival programs, including a talk by visiting director Bogdan George Apetri and screening of his award-winning Outbound (Periferic) (2010) on November 3.

categories: Film, Special Events

November 18

Guided Tour

Sunday, November 18, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA's award-winning docents will guide visitors to experience art through active looking at selected highlights of the collections. These general tours provide a good introduction to the collection and to strategies for looking at art through lively and engaging conversation.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, November 18, 2 pm - 3 pm

African Art and the Shape of Time explores how African art gives material form to diverse concepts of temporality, history, and memory. It complicates conventional views of African art by considering diverse modes for reckoning time and its philosophical, social, and religious significance. Docents will discuss the five themes that explore the multiplicity of time in Africa: The Beginning of Things, Embodied Time, Moving Through Time, Global Time, and NOW. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Special Event

Sunday, November 18, 4 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Join us for the final screening of the Fourth Annual Romanian Film Festival at UMMA—The Phantom Father. American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami, the projectionist, the only person still alive who can tell him anything about his Romanian Jewish descent. His symbolic journey is filled with danger, the unknown, and the surreal, but finally rewarded with a double love: for a woman; and for early cinema.

This program is part of the Fourth Annual Romanian Film Festival at UMMA. Check the website listings for November 3, 4, and 17 for earlier Romanian Film Festival programs, including a talk by visiting director Bogdan George Apetri and screening of his award-winning Outbound (Periferic) (2010) on November 3.

categories: Film, Special Events



SMTD@UMMA

Sunday, November 18, 7 pm - 8:45 pm
Apse

UMMA’s exhibition Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire is a close look at Benjamin West’s iconic depiction of the death of British commander General James Wolfe at the 1759 Battle of Quebec, one of Great Britain's most famous military victories, during what in this country is known as the French and Indian War. Directors Aaron Berofsky and Edward Parmentier lead the UM Early Music Ensemble in works by Biber and others that evoke the heroic.

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

Generous support for the exhibition Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire is provided by the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and Office of the Vice President for Research, the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, and THE MOSAIC FOUNDATION (of R. & P. Heydon).

categories: Performing Arts, Special Events

November 20

Film

Tuesday, November 20, 7 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

It was one of the most bitterly disputed public monuments in American history. Only 21 when her design for the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial was chosen in 1981, Maya Lin has never shied away from controversy. Her starkly simple slash of polished black granite inscribed with the 57,661 names of those who died in Vietnam was viciously attacked as "dishonorable," "a scar," and "a black hole," but Lin remained committed to her vision, and the memorial, a moving tribute to sacrifice and quiet heroism, was built as planned. Since then, Lin has completed a succession of eloquent, startlingly original monuments and sculptures that confront vital American social issues. Freida Lee Mock's Academy Award-winning feature documentary follows a decade in the life of this visionary artist.

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision features rare behind-the-scenes footage of Lin at work in her studio, and follows Lin as she works on a variety of projects, tackling such diverse issues as world peace, with her design for the Peace Chapel at Pennsylvania's Juniata College, and race relations at the Civil Rights Memorial she created for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. As she continues to tackle controversial topics, Lin bravely explores new aesthetic territory, fusing art and ideals to create ever more provocative works that engage the viewer, demanding as much from us as Lin demands from herself. (1996, 60 min.)

The award-winning documentary Andre the Giant has a Posse, by filmmaker Helen Stickler, chronicles contemporary artist Shepard Fairey’s OBEY sticker campaign, which began in 1989 and has since become an international icon. The OBEY sticker attempts to stimulate curiosity and bring people to question both the sticker and their relationship with their surroundings. Because people are not used to seeing advertisements or propaganda for which the product or motive is not obvious, frequent and novel encounters with the sticker provoke thought and possible frustration, nevertheless revitalizing the viewer’s perception and attention to detail. The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker. Because OBEY has no actual meaning, the various reactions and interpretations of those who view it reflect their personality and the nature of their sensibilities. (1997, 16 min.)

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision and Andre the Giant has a Posse are being presented as part of the film series Examining Heroes and Icons, which UMMA is offering in conjunction with the exhibition Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire (on view September 22, 2012 through January 13, 2013), focusing on the idea of heroes and exploring ways in which heroes are defined through images.

This film series is curated by the UMMA Student Programming and Advisory Council and cosponsored by MFlicks and the University Musical Society (UMS).

Generous support for the exhibition Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire is provided by the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and Office of the Vice President for Research, the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, and THE MOSAIC FOUNDATION (of R. & P. Heydon).

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Film

November 24

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, November 24, 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, November 21. 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 this workshop, parents and children will explore an artist, artifact, or art movement from the permanent collections, and then create their own project together. All materials included. Price includes two family members and supplies for one shared project. No children under five; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

categories: Artmaking, Family

November 25

Guided Tour

Sunday, November 25, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA's award-winning docents will guide visitors to experience art through active looking at selected highlights of the collections. These general tours provide a good introduction to the collection and to strategies for looking at art through lively and engaging conversation.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, November 25, 2 pm - 3 pm

How is it that an American painter came to define the British Empire? Benjamin West's iconic painting The Death of General Wolfe (1776) depicts the death of James Wolfe, the British commander at the 1759 Battle of Quebec, one of Great Britain's most famous military victories, during what in this country is known as the French and Indian War. The artist went on to produce six versions of the painting, one of which belongs to the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, on display this fall with approximately forty other works, from Michigan, Canadian, and British collections. Docents will introduce the history and art historical significance of this ambitious exhibition. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

November 27

Film

Tuesday, November 27, 7 pm - 9 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Photographer-filmmaker William Klein takes on Handel’s Messiah, creating a gorgeous concert film that mixes the sacred with the profane. Performed in its entirety (conducted by Mark Minkowski), the oratorio provides a narrative of Christ’s nativity, passion, and resurrection juxtaposed against images of the absurdities of and abuses against humans around the world. The film reveals a wide array of worshippers from the Bodybuilders of Christ to the Lavender Light Gay and Lesbian Interracial Choir to the Dallas Police Choir. (1999, 117 min.)

This program is part of the UMS on Film series designed to expand understanding of the artists and cultures represented on the UMS season and reveal something of the emotions and ideas behind the creative process. For more information, please visit http://www.ums.org.

Messiah is being presented as part of the film series Examining Heroes and Icons, which UMMA is offering in conjunction with the exhibition Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire (on view September 22, 2012 until January 13, 2013), focusing on the idea of heroes and exploring ways in which heroes are defined through images.  

This film series is curated by the UMMA Student Programming and Advisory Council and cosponsored by MFlicks and the University Musical Society (UMS).

Generous support for the exhibition Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire is provided by the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and Office of the Vice President for Research, the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, and THE MOSAIC FOUNDATION (of R. & P. Heydon).

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Film

November 29

Writers Series

Thursday, November 29, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Aleksandar Hemon was born in 1964 in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He came to the US as part of a month-long cultural exchange program of journalists and was supposed to return to Sarajevo on May 1, 1992, the same day that Sarajevo came under siege, so he was instead granted political asylum in the US. Hemon began writing fiction in English in 1995 and one of the first stories he wrote in English, “Islands”, appeared in Best American Short Stories 1999 (ed. Amy Tan). He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. From 2010 to 2013 he served as editor of Best European Fiction anthologies (Dalkey Archives). Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, and The Lazarus Project; his latest short story collection, Love and Obstacles, was published in 2009. His collection of autobiographical essays, The Book of My Lives, is forthcoming this fall. He is at work on his next novel.

The author will be available to sign books after the reading. As always, books will be available for purchase on site.

Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.

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 http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp

categories: Writers Series



Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series

Thursday, November 29, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Historic Theater, Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Janine Antoni works in a variety of mediums including sculpture, photography, installation, and video to capture the human condition with a physicality that speaks directly to the viewer’s body. Transforming everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and sleeping into art, Antoni’s primary tool has always been her own body. She has chiseled cubes of lard and chocolate with her teeth, washed away the faces of soap busts made in her own likeness, and used the brainwave signals recorded while she dreamed at night as a pattern for weaving a blanket the following morning. She has had major exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and S.I.T.E. Santa Fe. She has been awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award.

With support from Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Grand Rapids, Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Established with the generous support of UM School of Art and Design alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Stamps Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities. Additional support is provided by our media sponsor, Michigan Radio.

Events in the Penny Stamps series are always free of charge and open to the public.

categories: Special Events

November 30

Guided Tour

Friday, November 30, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Designed specifically for the lunch hour, UMMA staff and student docents will offer thirty minutes of conversation about art in the UMMA galleries around fresh, entertaining, and seasonal themes such as, love, heroes, food, and more. Meet at the Information Desk.
 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Writers Series

Friday, November 30, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
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: Writers Series