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July 1

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 1, 2 pm - 3 pm

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. Celeste Brusati, an expert in the visual art and culture of the Netherlands from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries, has gathered a compelling group of twentieth-century abstract work by artists such as Frankenthaler, Kandinsky, Miró, and others. Docents and patrons will discuss how the guest curator faced the challenge of a new field.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

July 3

Special Event

Tuesday, July 3, 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

July 8

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 8, 2 pm - 3 pm

This exhibition of exciting recent acquisitions features woodwork and basketry objects from Korea and China, contemporary wood sculpture and sculptural pottery, Hindu and Buddhist representations of religious icons, and a range of prints. 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

July 10

Special Event

Tuesday, July 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

July 14



Saturday, July 14, 11 am - 11:30 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



Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA
Flip Your Field: Abstract Art From the Collection

Saturday, July 14, 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, July 11. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Explore UMMA's collection of twentieth-century abstraction through the eyes of Celeste Brusati, UM Professor of History of Art, Women's Studies, and Art and Design, and guest curator of UMMA's exhibition Flip Your Field: Abstract Art from the Collection. Discover the styles of artists such as Miró, Frankenthaler, and Kandinsky, and learn to emulate their works using an ink and gouache technique.

On view June 9 through September 2, UMMA's Flip Your Field project series invites scholars to take a fresh look at our collection by curating an exhibition outside their areas of expertise. Celeste Brusati—an expert in the visual art and culture of the Netherlands from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries—has curated an exhibition of twentieth-century abstract art in the A. Alfred Taubman Gallery.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

categories: Artmaking, Exhibitions Related Program

July 15

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 15, 2 pm - 3 pm

Judith Turner is a noted American photographer whose subject matter is mostly architecture. Turner's signature style consists of highly abstract black-and-white compositions that play with the ambiguity of light, shadow, and tonality to heighten the aesthetic character of her subject matter. UMMA docents will explore this compelling work.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

July 17

Special Event

Tuesday, July 17, 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

July 18

Jazz Series

Wednesday, July 18, 8 pm - 10 pm
Forum Court

Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy this special outdoor performance in celebration of more than fifty years of the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Winner of two Detroit Music Awards and a final DMA nominee every year since 2005, Tumbao Bravo performs the authentic rhythms of Cuba with rich jazz harmonies. Formed in 2004, the band consists of co-founders Paul VornHagen (sax,flute) and Alberto Nacif (congas) with Javier Barrios (timbales), Bob Mojica (trumpet), Brian DiBlassio (piano), and Pat Prouty (bass). Their three CDs have been featured on all the major Latin jazz radio programs throughout the US, including in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, and Detroit. This year the group will release its fourth CD entitled Casa Versailles.

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

categories: Performing Arts

July 22

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 22, 2 pm - 3 pm

Haroon Mirza explores 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. Join an UMMA docent for a conversation about this exciting new installation.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

July 24

Special Event

Tuesday, July 24, 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

July 28

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, July 28, 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, July 25. 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. Price includes instruction for two family members and supplies for one shared project. No children under five; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

categories: Artmaking, Family

July 29

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 29, 2 pm - 3 pm

UMMA's award-winning docents will guide visitors to experience art through active looking at selected highlights of the collections. Each docent selects a theme of particular interest such as political, social or spiritual subjects; the genres of landscape or portraiture; UMMA's collectors and donors; the use of color or the depiction of mood. 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

July 31

Special Event

Tuesday, July 31, 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