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May 5

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 5, 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, May 5, 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

May 7

Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures: The Walter Koelz Collection, Museum of Anthropology

Tuesday, May 7, 5:30 pm - 12 am

Taking inspiration from the UMMA exhibition Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures: The Walter Koelz Collection, Museum of Anthropology (on view through June 9, 2013), which features these colorful and fascinating paintings often used in Buddhist religious practice, Jewel Heart of Ann Arbor invites you to enjoy a hands-on session of guided meditation, including healing visualization techniques. Experience first-hand the living tradition presented in this exhibition with a meditation session. No prior experience with meditation or familiarity with Buddhism is required.

This program is offered by Jewel Heart, the Ann Arbor headquarters of the Tibetan Buddhist organization founded by Gelek Rimpoche. For more information, please visit jewelheart.org/ or call Jewel Heart at 734.994.3387.

Jewel Heart, 1129 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor

The exhibition Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures: The Walter Koelz Collection, Museum of Anthropology is part of the UM Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan. The UM Collections Collaborations series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events

May 12

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 12, 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, May 12, 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



Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures: The Walter Koelz Collection, Museum of Anthropology

Sunday, May 12, 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.

In this informal gallery talk, Donald Lopez, exhibition co-curator and Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, will explore the rich iconography of the Buddhist thangkas in the gallery. Thangkas are portable religious paintings on cloth that feature colorful images of the Buddha, bodhisattvas, saints, teachers, and deities, both peaceful and wrathful. They serve not only as didactic and devotional devices but also as historical records of the lineage of practitioners who created them. Join us as we explore these fascinating artworks collected by Walter Koelz from Buddhist temples and monasteries on the borders of Tibet in the 1930s.

Sunday, May 12, 3 pm

Takes place in the A. Alfred Taubman Gallery II




The exhibition Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures: The Walter Koelz Collection, Museum of Anthropology is part of the UM Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan. The UM Collections Collaborations series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program

May 14

Film

Tuesday, May 14, 5 pm - 12 am
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Join UMS and UMMA in celebrating 100 years of Ann Arbor’s most beloved concert venue: Hill Auditorium. On the 100th Anniversary of the opening of Hill Auditorium, UMS offers an encore screening of its new original documentary by director Sophie Kruz celebrating this iconic building. The documentary combines archival material and original interviews to explore Hill’s rich history and incredible acoustics, and the vital role Hill Auditorium plays in the cultural vibrancy of our region.

In collaboration with the UM Museum of Art. Funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sponsored by Annarbor.com, part of the Mlive Media Group.

categories: Film

May 17

Special Event

Friday, May 17, 6:30 pm - 12 am
Apse
Galleries

Join us for a conversation offering insights about the current exhibition Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 (on view at UMMA May 18 – September 1, 2013) and the lives and work of the two featured artists. The program will be followed by a reception, after which galleries will be open until 9:30 allowing guests to view the exhibition.

Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 developed out of a gift to the UMMA collection over sixty years ago by the Japanese economist, author, and pacifist Sotokichi Katsuizumi – also an alumnus of the University of Michigan – who donated ten Qi Baishi paintings and one Noguchi drawing from the period (later known as Noguchi’s Peking Drawings) in 1949. The prior year UMMA had purchased forty-six works on paper by Noguchi, including two of the Peking Drawings. Working in partnership with The Noguchi Museum–for whom Qi Baishi has long been a subject of interest because of his influence on the development of Noguchi’s artistic practice UMMA Associate Curator of Asian Art Natsu Oyobe developed this groundbreaking exhibition, which is the first to explore more fully the impact of the relationship between the two artists.

UMMA Dialogue: Jenny Dixon, Director, The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum; Joseph Rosa, Director, UMMA; Natsu Oyobe, Associate Curator of Asian Art, UMMA, and exhibition curator

The Sloan Memorial Program is intended to illuminate subjects relating to UMMA’s outstanding collections, and honors one of the Museum’s most ardent friends and supporters, Doris Sloan, a longtime Museum docent. Established through the generosity of Dr. Herbert Sloan, the annual program is a tribute to Dr. and Mrs. Sloan’s shared passion for collecting art and fostering its appreciation.

Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 is organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.

Lead support for the exhibition is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute and the Blakemore Foundation.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events

May 18

Isamu Noguchi / Qi Baishi / Beijing 1930

Saturday, May 18, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930, UMMA presents a one-day symposium on the significance and legacy of the creative relationship between the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi and the Chinese ink painter Qi Baishi. As Noguchi’s Peking Drawings from this period dramatically demonstrate, this collaboration was far more complex and unpredictable than can be understood by the over-determined binary framework of Japonisme in Euro-America and the Westernization of culture in East Asia. The drawings are one striking manifestation of the broad range of encounters between different positions within and beyond modern Asian visual cultures that proliferated throughout the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This symposium will bring together an impressive group of scholars of Asian art history to explore a diverse range of inventions catalyzed by modern encounters such as that between Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi in Beijing in 1930.

Participants in the symposium include David Clarke (University of Hong Kong), Bert Winther-Tamaki (University of California, Irvine), Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker (Director of the Frye Art Museum), and Kuiyi Shen (University of California, San Diego).

8:30 am to 5 pm

Schedule:

8:30 – 9:30 Coffee/tea

9:30 – 9:45 Welcome remarks Joseph Rosa (Director, UMMA) Jenny Dixon (Director, The Noguchi Museum)

9:45-10:00 Introduction to the exhibition Isamu Noguchi/Qi Baishi/Beijing 1930 Natsu Oyobe (UMMA)

10:00 – 11:15 Session 1
Artistic Encounters between China and the West from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century David Clarke (University of Hong Kong) Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker (Frye Art Museum) Response by Celeste Brusati (University of Michigan)

11:15 – 11:30 break

11:30 – 12:45 Session 2

Untangling a "Hairy" Encounter: Making Sense of Ainu Representation at the World's Fair Christina Spiker (University of California – Irvine)
Artists Abroad East and West: Some Early Twentieth Century Encounters Jason Steuber (Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida) Response by Kevin Carr (University of Michigan)

12:45 – 2:30 Lunch and exhibition viewing

2:30 – 3:45 Session 3
Isamu Noguchi: A Sculptor's Brush with Ink Bert Winther-Tamaki (University of California – Irvine)
Invention of "Traditional" and "International" in Post-World War Two Japanese Ceramics: the Picasso Boom and Koyama Fujio Yasuko Tsuchikane (Parsons The New School for Design) Response by Alex Potts (University of Michigan)

3:45 – 4:15 Coffee/tea break

4:15– 5:00 Discussion moderated by Bert Winther-Tamaki

Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 is organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute and the Blakemore Foundation.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events





Saturday, May 18, 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



Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops at UMMA

Saturday, May 18, 1 pm - 4 pm
$30 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$38 non-members; materials included. Advance registration required by Wednesday, May 15. Register online at annarborartcenter.org.

Take a closer look at UMMA’s noteworthy architecture in this see and sketch workshop with teaching artist Erika Villarreal Bunce. Tour the buildings, inside and out, and learn about the history, aesthetics, and purpose of architecture as an art form. Discover how to make empirical and gestural perspective drawings on vellum paper and translate the visitor experience into a work of art.

categories: Artmaking

May 19

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 19, 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, May 19, 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

May 26

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 26, 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, May 26, 2 pm - 3 pm

This exhibition will shed new light on the transformative relationship between American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and Chinese ink painter Qi Baishi (1864–1957). In 1930 Noguchi spent six months in Beijing, where he met and studied with the renowned Chinese brush-and-ink painter Qi Baishi, an experience that greatly affected his creative vision. UMMA docents will explore the artists' cross-cultural creative impulses and their respective and lasting influences on worldwide contemporary practice. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours