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September 1

Guided Tour

Sunday, September 1, 2 pm - 2 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's Associate Curator of Asian Art, Natsu Oyobe, will explore the artists' cross-cultural creative impulses and their respective and lasting influences on worldwide contemporary practice. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

September 8

Guided Tour

Sunday, September 8, 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, September 8, 2 pm - 2 pm

Brett Weston (1911–1993) is one of the iconic photographers of the 20th century. The son of pioneer photographer, Edward Weston, Brett’s work asserts its own dynamic aesthetic which docents will share with visitors. His work consists of highly distilled views from nature, capturing the grandeur of sweeping landscape vistas but also close-up views that connect to abstract paintings being done at the same time. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

September 12

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, September 12, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Peter Orner is the author of two novels, Love and Shame and Love, a New York Times Editor's Choice Book, and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written two story collections, Esther Stories, Winner of the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the newly published Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Granta, Best American Stories, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. He also writes the Lonely Voice column on the short story for therumpus.net. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, Orner was born in Chicago and now lives in Bolinas, California. Co-sponsored by the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the 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 www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp

categories: Writers Series

September 15

Guided Tour

Sunday, September 15, 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, September 15, 2 pm - 2 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

September 19

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, September 19, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm

Michael McGriff was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. He has received a Lannan Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation, and a Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Choke (Traprock Books, 2006) and Dismantling the Hills (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), which won the 2007 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. He is also the co-translator (with Mikaela Grassl) of Tomas Tranströmer’s The Sorrow Gondola (Green Integer, 2010) and editor of To Build My Shadow a Fire: The Poetry and Translations of David Wevill (Truman State University Press, 2010). His most recent book is Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). He is the co-founder and co-editor of Tavern Books. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Slate, The Believer, and Poetry, among other publications.

Malena Mörling was born in Stockholm in 1965 and grew up in southern Sweden. She is the author of two books of poetry: Ocean Avenue, which won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize in 1998, and Astoria, published by Pittsburgh Press in 2006. She has translated poems by the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, a selection of which appeared in the collection For the Living and the Dead, published by Ecco Press. Her poems have also appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Washington Post Book World, Double Take/Points of Entry, and Five Points. She was awarded The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award in 1999 and in 2004 the Lotos Club Foundation Prize.  In 2007 she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and in 2010 a Lannan Fellowship. She is currently working on a third book of poems and on editing Swedish Writers On Writing, an anthology that is part of The Writer’s World Series, forthcoming from Trinity University Press. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and Core Faculty in The Low Residency MFA program at New England College.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the 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 www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series

September 22

Guided Tour

Sunday, September 22, 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, September 22, 2 pm - 2 pm

Brett Weston (1911–1993) is one of the iconic photographers of the 20th century. The son of pioneer photographer, Edward Weston, Brett’s work asserts its own dynamic aesthetic which docents will share with visitors. His work consists of highly distilled views from nature, capturing the grandeur of sweeping landscape vistas but also close-up views that connect to abstract paintings being done at the same time.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



In Conversation

Sunday, September 22, 3 pm - 4 pm
Galleries
This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing umma-program-registration@umich.edu.

Taking UMMA’s new Design Gallery as a starting point, Katherine Brion, exhibition co-curator and 2012-2013 Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow, will explore the changing goals of design from the early 20th into the 21st century. The wide variety of forms and materials on display in the gallery are products of different (sometimes radically different) ideals. Brion will also discuss how the field of design—with its ties to architecture, engineering, mass manufacturing and marketing—offers an interesting perspective on art museums and curatorial practice.

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

September 26

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, September 26, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm

Tom Bissell was born in Escanaba, Michigan, in 1974. After graduating from Michigan State University, he worked briefly as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan and then as a book editor in New York City. His first book, Chasing the Sea, a travel narrative, was published in 2003. God Lives in St. Petersburg, a story collection, was published in 2005 and won the Rome Prize. The Father of All Things, a hybrid work of history and memoir about his father and the Vietnam War, was published in 2007 and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Kiriyama Prize. Extra Lives, a work of criticism about video games, was published in 2010. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Harper's, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, The New Republic, McSweeney's, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, and Tin House, and been anthologized in the Best American series seven times. He has lived in Michigan, Uzbekistan, New York, Saigon, Rome, Las Vegas, Estonia, and is currently based in Los Angeles.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the 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 www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

categories: Writers Series

September 27

Guided Tour

Friday, September 27, 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



Adolph Gottlieb: Sculptor

Friday, September 27, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Sanford Hirsch, curator of Adolph Gottlieb, Sculptor and Director of the Gottlieb Foundation and will give a lecture exploring the contributions of Adolph Gottlieb in shaping twentieth century art. Along with his friends, fellow Abstract Expressionist artists Mark Rothko, Milton Avery, Barnett Newman and David Smith, Gottlieb embodied this art movement’s relentless striving for new forms of expression to which people could respond in a direct, sensory and emotional way. In 1943, Gottlieb wrote a joint manifesto with Rothko, published with in the NY Times: they wrote: “To us art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risks.”

Gottlieb continuously sought new ideas and challenges, looking within and outside of Western ideas and traditions, across a fifty-year career. In 1967, the then 64-year-old artist was preparing for a career retrospective to be on view at both the Whitney and Guggenheim Museums. Gottlieb, who normally worked in two-dimensional media, began to make small sculptures. These rarely seen works, now on view at UMMA, show an artist with a mature command of form and color playfully engaged in the challenge of realizing his lifetime of knowledge in three-dimensional form. Writing about this experience, Gottlieb observed that it made him feel like “a young sculptor, just beginning.”

Sanford Hirsch is a curator, writer and the director of The Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Foundation. In addition to maintaining an archive and organizing exhibitions related to Gottlieb’s life and work, the foundation continues the commitment of the couple to support and encourage artists in their work.  Hirsch has curated numerous exhibitions and written widely on the artist and the period.

The exhibition Adolph Gottlieb: Sculptor was organized by the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, New York. Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, the University of Michigan Health System, and the University of Michigan Credit Union.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program



Mark Webster Reading Series

Friday, September 27, 7 pm - 7 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: UM Student Programs, Writers Series

September 28



Saturday, September 28, 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

September 29

Guided Tour

Sunday, September 29, 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, September 29, 2 pm - 2 pm

Today's emerging talents in architecture are redefining the profession with global practices that are digitally literate and operate at multiple scales of design. This liberation of scale has allowed architects to look at issues from interiors to urban planning in new and innovative ways. Nahyun Hwang and David Eugin Moon—principals of N H D M studio—are representative of this new wave of architectural thinking. Docents will explore the scale, purpose, program, function, and history of the work of this exciting studio.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours