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August 3

Guided Tour

Saturday, August 3, 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: Gallery Talks and Tours

August 4

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 4, 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





Sunday, August 4, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

In this informal gallery talk, Natsu Oyobe, Associate Curator of Asian Art, will discuss how Isamu Noguchi / Qi Baishi / Beijing 1930 sheds new light on the transformative relationship between American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) and Chinese ink painter Qi Baishi (1864-1957). In 1930 at the age of twenty-six, Isamu Noguchi stopped for 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. This exhibition will showcase the artists' cross-cultural creative impulses and underscore their respective and lasting influences on contemporary practice. This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing umma-registration@umich.edu.

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.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program, Gallery Talks and Tours

August 11

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 11, 2 pm - 3 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

August 18

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 18, 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

August 25

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 25, 2 pm - 3 pm

UMMA has assembled a choice group of domestic design objects that will go on display this summer in a new dedicated design gallery. This gallery is an important component of the Museum’s rededication to modern and contemporary visual culture and to making its own twentieth- and twenty-first-century holdings more visible. Both design aficionados and novices may recognize some of the historic work on view. UMMA docents will introduce this exciting new installation to visitors in this tour.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

August 29



Thursday, August 29, 8 pm - 11 pm

UMMA and Arts at Michigan celebrate Welcome Week by introducing new University of Michigan students to the wide array of possibilities for arts participation on campus at an evening of art-making, live music, dance, poetry, film, games, and prizes. Don't miss this exciting evening at the Museum! Co-sponsored by Arts at Michigan and supported by Whole Foods Market and the University of Michigan Credit Union.

categories: UM Student Programs

August 31



Saturday, August 31, 1 pm - 4 pm
Register online at annarborartcenter.org. Members: $38, Non-Members: $45. Must register at least 3 days in advance.

Inspired by the exhibition Isamu Noguchi / Qi Baishi / Beijing 1930, this brush painting workshop gives participants of all skill levels a chance to investigate the beauty of ink. Explore gestural drawing and painting by working directly from a clothed model, and experiment using large format paper laid on the floor. All materials will be provided.

categories: Artmaking