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April 2



Tuesday, April 2, 7 pm - 12 am
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Darius Milhaud was without doubt one of the most fertile composers of the twentieth century, leaving behind an extensive artistic legacy of nearly 450 works that stand out as some of the most original French music of his time. Before being recognized and accepted, many of his works caused scandal and gave rise to impassioned controversy due to their renegade spirit and pioneering character. His music, and more particularly his lyric works, express his greatest sources of inspiration: his attachment to popular roots, such as those of his native Provence; his Jewish faith; and his humanist convictions. Aided by Milhaud’s wife's reminiscences and by the artist's own comments, this film looks at the work and life of Darius Milhaud, a man that stood for universality and for dialogue between cultures.

In collaboration with UMMA and the UM School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

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.

categories: Film, Performing Arts, Special Events

April 4



Thursday, April 4, 5:10 pm - 12 am
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Angie Estes is the author of four books, most recently Tryst (2009), which was selected as one of two finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including TriQuarterly, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Boston Review, and Slate, as well as many anthologies. Her essays have appeared in FIELD, Lyric Poetry Review, Children’s Literature, Christianity and Literature, Little Women: Norton Critical Edition, and in Every Passing Breath: Contemporary Poets Respond to the Psalms.

The recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, she has received fellowships, grants, and residencies from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, the California Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Ohio Arts Council.

Estes received her PhD. and MA in English from the University of Oregon and was for several years Professor of American Literature and Creative Writing at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is on the faculty of Ashland University's low residency MFA program.

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





Thursday, April 4, 5:10 pm - 12 am
Historic Theater, Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 Events in the Penny Stamps series are free and open to the public.

Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design and Director of Research and Development at the Museum of Modern Art. Her first MoMA exhibition was Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design, and her most recent exhibition was Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects. Antonelli earned the “Design Mind” Smithsonian Institution’s National Design Award and was named one of the twenty-five most incisive design visionaries by Time magazine. She has been a contributing editor for Domus magazine, an editor of Abitare, and the author of Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design, highlighting how good design facilitates and enriches our daily life. She is currently working on several shows on contemporary design; and on Design Bites, a book about foods from all over the world appreciated as examples of outstanding design.

With support from the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

categories: Special Events





Thursday, April 4, 8 pm - 11 pm

Organized by UM students for UM students, the 4th annual Student Late Night event at UMMA will be a fun-filled, student-only, late-night creative explosion! Featuring hands-on art making activities, original dance performances, cool music courtesy of WCBN DJs, a fashion show, photo booth, scavenger hunt, prizes, and free food, this is sure to be an arty extravaganza you won’t want to miss!

Hosted by the UMMA Student Programming and Advisory Council and cosponsored by WCBN.

categories: UM Student Programs

April 6



Saturday, April 6, 12 pm - 12 pm
This event is free and open to the public.

2nd Floor Screening Room Shapiro Undergraduate Library

Don’t miss your chance to meet the most dynamic visual artists of our time at this exclusive marathon screening of the award-winning documentary series Art in the Twenty- First Century, featuring Kara Walker, Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney, Barry McGee, Laurie Anderson, Marina Abramovic, Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, and 90 more!

Unparalleled in its access to today's artists, this unique series invites viewers into artists' studios, homes and communities to provide an intimate view of their lives, creative processes, and sources of inspiration. The twenty-four one-hour programs present groundbreaking artists of the new century at work and speaking in their own words-- direct, accessible, and unfiltered--about how, why and what they create. Compelling and thought-provoking, Art in the Twenty-First Century takes viewers behind the scenes--and beyond the museum or gallery experience--to reveal how contemporary art can change how we see the world around us.

This event is presented by the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and Shapiro Undergraduate Library, in partnership with Art21 as part of its Access 100 Artists initiative – a global campaign providing access to contemporary art and artists through hundreds of public screenings and events celebrating the 100 artists featured by Art21 in the past 10 years.

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Saturday, April 6, 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, April 3. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Explore the form and content of El Anatsui's breathtaking work in the exhibition When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, and then join in on a hands-on project using recycled materials and found objects to create works of assemblage. Learn more about traditional folk art from Africa, as well as contemporary African art and its influence on global art in the twenty-first century. Some materials will be provided, but please bring a bag of recycled materials from home or office to consider and use in the creation of this project. All levels welcome; no experience necessary.

categories: Artmaking, Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events

April 7

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 7, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, April 7, 2 pm - 3 pm

The major retrospective of internationally renowned artist El Anatsui, presents the largest compilation of his works ever assembled, including massive wall pieces and large-scale floor installations. UMMA docents will place Anatsui in the context of contemporary art and allow visitors to look more closely at the stunning works in the exhibition.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, April 7, 3 pm - 12 am
This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing umma-tours@umich.edu.

The rich iconography of the Buddha and Buddhist deities will be the subject of this informal gallery talk by Rebecca Bloom, PhD student in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, specializing in Tibetan Buddhism and Himalayan Art.

In A. Alfred Taubman Gallery II

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events

April 11



Thursday, April 11, 5:10 pm - 12 am
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Erin Stead and Philip C. Stead are the co-creators of the Caldecott Medal winning book A Sick Day for Amos McGee, also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2010. Erin and Philip also co-created Bear Has a Story to Tell, and Philip has written and illustrated several of his own books, including Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat, A Home for Bird, and his debut, Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast, which was applauded by School Library Journal for “its wry humor and illustrations worthy of a Roald Dahl creation.” Erin also illustrated And Then It’s Spring, written by Julie Fogliano. Philip and Erin live in a 100-year-old barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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





Thursday, April 11, 5:10 pm - 12 am
Historic Theater, Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 Events in the Penny Stamps series are free and open to the public.

Interaction designer Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that has inspired people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine. With a variety of sensors, the Arduino is versatile and easy to use for projects as diverse as an exhibit on brains at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, to a DIY kit that sends a Tweet when your houseplant needs water. Massimo has consulted for Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Adidas. He is also the author of Getting Started with Arduino and is a regular contributor to the Italian edition of Wired Magazine and the online innovation magazine Che Futuro. Massimo currently teaches Interaction Design at SUPSI Lugano in Switzerland and is a visiting professor at CIID in Copenhagen.

With support from ArtsEngine and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

categories: Special Events

April 12

Guided Tour

Friday, April 12, 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

April 13



Saturday, April 13, 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

April 14



Sunday, April 14, 11:30 am - 12 am
Galleries
To register for this free program, email umma-tours@umich.edu or call 734.647.0522 for more information.

Meet Me at UMMA invites people with early-stage memory loss to enjoy a guided gallery experience along with family members or caregivers. This program is designed for people who live at home and their companions.

Meet Me at UMMA is based on the premise that although memory may have been compromised, senses are generally alive and well. Facilitated by a small group of experienced UMMA docents using a multi-sensory approach, at times complemented by music and props, the tours offer community members with dementia and their caregivers an opportunity to engage with art, connect with each other, and "bring their senses alive" through visual art.

This April’s program will include a look at the work of Ghanian-born artist El Anatsui whose monumental wall and floor sculptures make engaging and dynamic works of art from the simplest, often discarded materials in the current exhibition, When I Last Wrote You About Africa.

categories: Special Events



Guided Tour

Sunday, April 14, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, April 14, 2 pm - 3 pm

Thangkas are portable religious paintings on cloth featuring colorful images of Buddha and Buddhist deities. Such works served as didactic devices and aided devotees in their religious practice. Docents will guide visitors to an understanding of the rich iconography and the colorful images that make these fascinating objects to study. This exhibition features objects from the Walter Norman Koelz Collection of Himalayan Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

April 18



Thursday, April 18, 5:10 pm - 12 am
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Susanna Moore was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Hawaii. She is the author of the novels The Big Girls, One Last Look, In the Cut (adapted into a film starring Mark Ruffalo and Meg Ryan), Sleeping Beauties, The Whiteness of Bones, and My Old Sweetheart, and two books of nonfiction, Light Years: A Girlhood in Hawaii and I Myself Have Seen It: The Myth of Hawaii. My Old Sweetheart earned Susanna a PEN Hemingway Citation and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her other awards include the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1999). She received fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin (2006) and the Asian Cultural Council (2007), and has been a visiting lecturer at Yale University, New York University Graduate School and, most recently, Princeton University. She lives in New York City.

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

April 21

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 21, 1 pm - 2 pm

UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique. The subject for today is Great 'Scapes Around the World.

Landscapes, riverscapes, townscapes, and skyscapes have long provided mental refuge from the mundane world, for artists and viewers alike. Some artists express a yearning for escape, such as the Chinese literati painter placing his imaginary poet in a remote mountain pavilion. Other artists might capture on canvas the fearsome power of a looming storm, or document in photography the evidence of human activity on our changing planet. This docent-led tour encompasses a variety of eras, traditions, and media with information and conversation.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, April 21, 2 pm - 3 pm

Join docents as they explore the exciting installation by Argentina-born, Los Angeles-based architect and designer Florencia Pita. Pita's boldly colored works draw from literary, art, and biological sources; employ cutting-edge architectural fabrication techniques; and cross borders of visual art, architecture, and design.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, April 21, 3 pm - 12 am
Multipurpose Room

Join Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance in a hands-on artmaking workshop in conjunction with the UMS presentation of their performance Sacred Earth (April 24, Power Center). Ragamala incorporates kolam drawings into their performance, and will teach the technique during this workshop. Kolam is a form of painting practiced throughout south India that uses rice powder, chalk, or colored powders. A Kolam is a geometrical line drawing composed of curved loops drawn around a grid pattern of dots. This program is made possible in collaboration with the UM Museum of Art.

For more information please visit www.ums.org or call 734-764-2538

categories: Artmaking, Family, Special Events

April 23



Tuesday, April 23, 7 pm - 12 am
Forum

Join us for a concert of new songs by twelve UM student singer-songwriters. The culmination of Dick Siegel’s Honors songwriting workshop “Singing Out of Our Minds,” these students will be presenting the best of their new work.

Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Museum of Art

categories: Performing Arts, Special Events

April 27



Saturday, April 27, 11 am - 1 pm
This program is free of charge. Registration required at www.slowartday.com.

Slow down, you look too fast! An annual event held around the world celebrating the joy of looking at art slowly. View pre-selected works of art on your own and then gather for lunch to discuss the experience with other participants and UMMA docents.

categories: Special Events





Saturday, April 27, 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, April 24. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

This workshop investigates the rare and wonderful set of thangka paintings from the Walter Norman Koelz Collection of Himalayan Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology. Come to explore and understand Buddhist art, and its ritual use and symbolism. Using a "tigse" or geometric grid composed with sacred proportions, participants will learn how to draw the seated figure of Buddha. This practice of drawing Buddha is not only an ancient art form, but it is also regarded as a meditation, which cultivates mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom. All levels welcome; no experience necessary.

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

April 28

Guided Tour

Sunday, April 28, 1 pm - 2 pm

The major retrospective of internationally renowned artist El Anatsui, presents the largest compilation of his works ever assembled, including massive wall pieces and large-scale floor installations. UMMA docents will place Anatsui in the context of contemporary art and allow visitors to look more closely at the stunning works in the exhibition.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Guided Tour

Sunday, April 28, 2 pm - 3 pm

The major retrospective of internationally renowned artist El Anatsui, presents the largest compilation of his works ever assembled, including massive wall pieces and large-scale floor installations. UMMA docents will place Anatsui in the context of contemporary art and allow visitors to look more closely at the stunning works in the exhibition.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, April 28, 4 pm - 12 am
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Filmed over three years in Venice, Nsukka, and the United States, this is a powerful portrait of Africa's most widely acclaimed contemporary artist El Anatsui. Directed by Susan Vogel, Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui (2011, 53 min.) gives an insider's view of the artist's practice, the ingenious steps and thousands of hours of labor that convert used bottle tops into huge, opulent wall hangings. Here Anatsui explains how his artworks have become a marriage of painting and sculpture, objects that speak of African history but also reach for the ethereal—and he talks about his aspirations for artworks he has yet to make.

Behind the charming, easy-going artist we discover a man who remains mysterious even to his dearest friends. The film circles around Anatsui, drawing ever closer to a deep understanding of the man and his surprising bottle top hangings. We see the celebrated artist installing work on the great world stage of the Venice Biennale; we follow him back to the small town of Nsukka as he goes about his daily life, then watch him inside the hive of his studio directing assistants as they stitch together bottle tops into a vast metal hanging. Finally, Anatsui admits us to the privacy of his home where he tells us about his formative years, and reveals a youthful discovery that clouded his life.

Accompanied by Anatsui at Work: Eight Short Films (2011, 26 min.), also directed by Susan Vogel. These elegant, instructive shorts depict Anatsui demonstrating his artistic process and discussing his theories on specific media as he creates one of his most 4 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1354 Tel 734.764.0395 Fax 734.764.3731 www.umma.umich.edu ambitious works in Nsukka and installs it on the façade of the Palazzo Fortuny Museum in Venice.

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa is organized by the Museum for African Art, New York, and has been supported, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design; the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts; the University of Michigan Credit Union; and the James L. and Vivian A. Curtis Endowment Fund. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan African Studies Center, CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of the History of Art, Institute for the Humanities, Museum Studies Program, and School of Natural Resources and Environment.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Film

April 29



Monday, April 29, 7 pm - 12 am
Helmut Stern Auditorium

More than a dozen members of our community—ages 14–59 and including high school and undergraduate UM students, recent UM graduates, artists, musicians, teachers, and community leaders—participated in the Many Voices at UMMA project creating new films inspired by works of art in our collection. These movies, which provide fresh and diverse ways for UMMA visitors to interact with the works of art, are now available in the UMMA galleries thanks to the newly installed free WiFi service as well as on our award-winning DialogTable. Join us on for a public screening to celebrate the completion of the project. Filmmakers will be present for a brief discussion following the screening.

Many Voices is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

categories: Film, Special Events