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October 1



Tuesday, October 1, 7 pm - 9 pm
Apse

This fall, the SMTD@UMMA concert series delves into the exhibition Adolph Gottlieb: Sculptor. The Contemporary Directions Ensemble kicks of the season with visiting composer Steven Mackey. Movement and transformation figure prominently in works such as his Heavy Light and Micro Concerto, harnessing notions that transcend the purely musical. Also featured are works by John Luther Adams and others on the cutting edge of contemporary composition.

Our focus on Adolph Gottlieb continues on Friday, November 1 with an homage to the importance of an artist's artistic and social circle. Presided over by Women's Studies and Music Professor Nadine Hubbs, author of The Queer Composition of America's Sound, SMTD students and faculty perform works written by and for Virgil Thomson, Aaron Copland, and their friends, colleagues, loves, and muses.

The SMTD@UMMA performance series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund. 

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: Exhibitions Related Program, Performing Arts

October 3



Thursday, October 3, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Ken Chen is the executive director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. His first poetry collection, Juvenalia, won the 2010 Yale Younger. Other work has been published or recognized in Best American Essays 2006, Best American Essays 2007, and The Boston Review of Books. A graduate of Yale Law School, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Ravi Shankar’s collections of poetry include Instrumentality, a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards; the collaborative chapbook Wanton Textiles, with Reb Livingston; and Deepening Groove, winner of the National Poetry Review Prize. Shankar has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. He is founding editor and executive of director of the online arts journal Drunken Boat, one of the oldest electronic arts journals on the web. With Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal he co-edited the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (2008). Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust, Shankar is associate professor at Central Connecticut State College and a faculty member of the first international MFA program at City University of Hong Kong.

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

October 6

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 6, 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, October 6, 2 pm - 3 pm

One of the founding members of the Abstract Expressionists, Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974) was an important presence in the artistic life of New York from the 1930s until his death.  His paintings have become icons in America painting but in 1967 Gottlieb suddenly began to work in sculpture.  His maquettes composed of cardboard painted with acrylic and his aluminum and bronze final sculptures represent an extension into the third dimension of many of the concerns that occupied him in his paintings. Docents will share this important body of work.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, October 6, 3 pm - 5 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.

 Join Senior Curator of Western Art Carole McNamara for an In Conversation event devoted to the art of landscape. Taking as her point of departure the Museum's inaugural exhibition in its new Photography Gallery, Brett Weston Landscapes, McNamara will look at the artistic and philosophical significance of landscapes from throughout the Western collections, and how these works reflect our relationship to the natural world. This informal conversation will cover many of the Museum's galleries so please be prepared to walk and discuss works throughout the Museum. Look for part two, Figure and Ground in November.

Lead support for Brett Weston Landscapes is provided by the Lois Zenkel Photographic Exhibitions Fund.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program

October 10



Thursday, October 10, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Dale Peck published his first novel, Martin and John, which the New York Times called “a brilliant debut,” in 1993. Two more novels followed: The Law of Enclosures, which was adapted into a feature film by John Greyson starring Sarah Polley and Diane Ladd, and Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye. Other books include a memoir-cum-novel, What We Lost, which was overshadowed by the attention bestowed on his book of literary criticism, Hatchet Jobs, and its most notorious review, that of Rick Moody’s The Black Veil. Peck has published two novels for children, Drift House and The Lost Cities, one young adult novel, Sprout, and a literary thriller, Body Surfing. Peck lives in New York City with his boyfriend, where he teaches in the Graduate Writing Program of the New School. Co-sponsored by the Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative.

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





Thursday, October 10, 7 pm - 8 pm

UM Composition Professor Erik Santos offers a glimpse into his creative process with a concert of live performance and film, inspired in part by his recent travels in Japan following the tsunami. Santos presents collaborations with filmmakers Toko Shiiki and Collin McRae alongside new ventures in solo song. He is planning to perform his arrangement of the David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" album in it's entirety. 
The SMTD@UMMA performance series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

categories: Performing Arts, Special Events

October 11



Friday, October 11, 7 pm - 8 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

October 13



Sunday, October 13, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
 To register for this free program, email umma-program-registration@umich.edu or call 734.647.0522 for more information.

Meet Me at UMMA invites people with mild memory loss to enjoy a guided gallery experience along with family members or care partners. This program is designed for people who live at home and their companions. If you or someone you care about is experiencing mild memory loss, research has shown that the visual and expressive arts can be good for your mind. In addition, great enjoyment is to be found in seeking out the sights, sounds, textures and good feelings that come with looking at, learning and sharing feelings about paintings, music and other creative arts.

UMMA's trained docents will accompany small groups for a guided tour and provide the opportunity for everyone to experience different kinds of art and share their responses. Each participant may decide about their level of participation in the discussion while enjoying the experience of looking at and responding to art in an educational and supportive environment. The October program will include a look at the rarely seen sculptures of artist Adolph Gottlieb along with prints and paintings on view in the exhibition, Adolph Gottlieb: Sculptor as well as other works from the Museum's collections. We hope you can join us!

categories: Special Events



Guided Tour

Sunday, October 13, 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, October 13, 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

October 17



Thursday, October 17, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels: All This Talk of Love, a New York Times Editors Choice, The Saint of Lost Things, and A Kiss from Maddalena, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award. He is the artistic director of Grub Street, teaches every other semester in the Warren Wilson MFA Program, is on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and for the fall 2013 term will be a visiting professor at Swarthmore College. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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

October 18

Guided Tour

Friday, October 18, 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





Friday, October 18, 7 pm - 10 pm
Galleries

Art, music, atmosphere–the University of Michigan Museum of Art invites you to spend the evening with us at this free community event. More than 1,000 people attended UMMA After Hours last fall for this festive gathering! Explore the permanent collection galleries and enjoy special exhibitions including sweeping landscapes by the iconic photographer Brett Weston; rarely seen sculptures by one of the founding members of the Abstract Expressionists, Adolph Gottlieb; and a selection of architectural projects by N H D M / Nahyun Hwang + David Eugin Moon. Enjoy live music by Aguankó, the Michigan based Latin jazz ensemble led by conguero and composer Alberto Nacif, that blends the traditions of jazz, son, and salsa. Curators' conversations and light refreshments round out the event.

UMMA After Hours is generously sponsored by Fidelity Investments.

categories: Special Events

October 19



Saturday, October 19, 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

October 20

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 20, 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, October 20, 2 pm - 3 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





Sunday, October 20, 2 pm - 8 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

The Romanian Film Series is a program of the American Romanian Festival and is co-sponsored by UM Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, UMMA and the Romanian Film Center. For more information, please visit www.americanromanianfestival.org.  

2 PM Screening: Reconstruction (Reconstituirea, 1968, Lucian Pintilie, English Subtitles, 100 min), Followed by Q&A with Ramona Uritescu-Lombard, UM Lecturer in German and Comparative Literature. Synopsis: A prosecutor, policemen and teacher bring the students Vuica and Nicu to a restaurant to re-enact their drunken brawl there, and have it filmed to show the effects of alcoholism. Both Horia P?tra?cu's novel and the screenplay (co-authored by P?tra?cu and Pintilie) are closely based on real-life events. The incident was witnessed by P?tra?cu during the early 1960s, and took place in his native town of Caransebe?, shortly before a celebration of August 23 (Communist Romania's national holiday, commemorating the 1944 coup).

4 PM Screening: The Way I Spent the End of the World (Cum mi-am petrecut sfarsitul lumii 2006,Catalin Mitulescu, English Subtitles, 106 min), Followed by Q&A with Ramona Uritescu-Lombard, UM Lecturer in German and Comparative Literature. Synopsis: Bucharest 1989 - the last year of Ceausescu's dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7-year old brother, Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime before a disciplinary committee and Eva is expelled from school and transferred to a reformatory establishment. There she meets Andrei, and decides to escape Romania with him. Lalalilu becomes convinced that Ceausescu is the main reason for Eva's decision to leave. So with his friends from school he devises a plan to kill the dictator.

6 PM Screening: Loverboy (2011, Catalin Mitulescu, English Subtitles, 99 min), Followed by Q&A with Ramona Uritescu-Lombard, UM Lecturer in German and Comparative Literature, and Marian Tanau, President, American Romanian Festival. Synopsis: The victims of an economic system where money is scarce but temptations to spend it lurk around every corner, Luca and his friends, all of them small time hoods with nothing to do, are providing girls for pimps who sell them abroad for prostitution. To Luca’s surprise, while still pretending to be a tough guy who rejects any notion of an emotional attachment, he suddenly finds himself strangely affected by one of the girls.

The Romanian Film Series is a program of the American Romanian Festival and is co-sponsored by UM Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, UMMA and the Romanian Film Center. For more information, please visit www.americanromanianfestival.org

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October 23



Wednesday, October 23, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
 No pre-registratin necessary

As part of their exciting new Hub lecture series, the Institute for the Humanities offers a visit to the UMMA New Media Gallery exhibition entitled Performing Still Images: David Claerbout and Matthew Buckingham (on view through January 5, 2014), followed by an engaging discussion in which Stamps School of Art and Design Witt Visiting Artist in residence Jennifer Karady, Detroit artist Scott Hocking, artist Jessica Frelinghuysen, and IH arts curator Amanda Krugliak consider moving image, still images, and the proximity of our stories. Program attendees are invited to enjoy the exhibition in UMMA’s Apse and New Media Gallery from 5:30 to 6pm. The discussion will follow in the Multipurpose Room. Lead support for the exhibition Performing Still Images: David Claerbout and Matthew Buckingham is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment and the University of Michigan Museum of Art Office of the Provost.

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





Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Lecture by David Michener, Associate Curator, U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens; Lecturer, School of Natural Resources and Environment The historic Peony Garden at the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum already holds the most diverse and largest heritage (pre-1950) herbaceous peony collection in North America. The Arboretum has launched a multi-year effort to develop the peony collection to become the foremost of its type in the world, with a target date of 2022. Dr. David C. Michener is the Associate Curator at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, where he oversees collection development, renovation and related information management. He serves on the University's Museum Studies Program's steering committee and as a Faculty Associate in the Program in the Environment. David teaches in the Michigan Math and Science Scholars summer program. He has conducted over a dozen on-site, confidential reviews of living collections for funding agencies. David has written several technical curatorial articles, and in the popular press, is the co-author of Taylor's Guide to Groundcovers (with Nan Sinton). His doctorate in botany is from the Claremont Graduate School and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden; his undergraduate degree is in botany with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our goals require unassailable accuracy, collection breadth, depth, and complete public access - physical as well as digital. Deliberate and irrevocable decisions must be made along the way, especially since the potential to acquire missing materials is rapidly diminishing with time. The garden space is finite, thus the only way to upgrade the collection to international significance is to replace selected existing plants with ones of greater intellectual and cultural value, while still maintaining the aesthetic integrity of the whole. This presentation examines how museum practices frame the stewardship and decision-making of the Nichols Arboretum as we shape this collection and break new ground in living collection management.

categories: Artists and Curators

October 24



Thursday, October 24, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Elizabeth Kostova's first novel, The Historian, a tale of three generations of historians on the track of the original Dracula, was the fastest-selling debut novel in American publishing history. It has sold more than three million copies worldwide in 40 languages, has won numerous awards, and is being made into a film by SONY/Columbia Pictures. Her second novel, The Swan Thieves, a story of artists, psychiatry, and the rise of Impressionist painting, was published in 2010 and has been translated into 28 languages. She has also published introductions to new editions of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Kostova's short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in such venues as Mississippi Review, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Best American Poetry, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She is currently at work on a third novel, to be published by Random House. Kostova holds a BA in British Studies from Yale University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. She teaches at conferences in Eastern Europe and the U.S., reads and lectures internationally, and is co-creator of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (www.ekf.bg), which provides competitive opportunities for Bulgarian writers, as well as opportunities for native-English writers to travel to Bulgaria. She lives with her family in Asheville, North Carolina. 

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

October 25



Friday, October 25, 7 pm - 8 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

October 27

Guided Tour

Sunday, October 27, 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, October 27, 2 pm - 3 pm

One of the founding members of the Abstract Expressionists, Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974) was an important presence in the artistic life of New York from the 1930s until his death.  His paintings have become icons in America painting but in 1967 Gottlieb suddenly began to work in sculpture.  His maquettes composed of cardboard painted with acrylic and his aluminum and bronze final sculptures represent an extension into the third dimension of many of the concerns that occupied him in his paintings. Docents will share this important body of work.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, October 27, 2 pm - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

The Romanian Film Series is a program of the American Romanian Festival and is co-sponsored by UM Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, UMMA and the Romanian Film Center. For more information, please visit www.americanromanianfestival.org.

1 PM Screening:
Morgen (2010, Marian Crisan, English Subtitles, 100 min), Followed by Q&A with Ramona Uritescu-Lombard, UM Lecturer in German and Comparative Literature.

Nelu, a man in his forties, works as a security guard at a supermarket in Salonta, a small town on the Romanian-Hungarian border. This is the place where many illegal emigrants try to cross, by any means possible, to Hungary and then further to Western Europe. One morning, Nelu will fish something different out of the river: a Turkish man trying to cross the border. Not able to communicate verbally, the two men will somehow understand each other. Nelu takes the stranger to the farmhouse, gives him some dry clothes, food and shelter. He doesn’t really know how to help this stranger. The Turkish man gives Nelu all the money he has on him so he will help him cross the border. Eventually, Nelu takes the money and promises he will help him cross the border tomorrow, “Morgen.”

3 PM Screening:Summer Holiday (Boogie, 2008, Radu Muntean, English Subtitles, 102 min)
On his spring break at the seaside, with his wife and his four year old son, Bogdan Ciocazanu runs into his best friends from high-school at the precise date and time that reminds all of them of their most glorious drinking trips and sexual escapades of their younger days. Frustrated that, between his job and his family, time is no longer his to manage and play with, Boogie now takes his shock dosage of freedom and spends a night to tick off all the items on the map of his youth (drinking, games, flirting, prostitutes). In the morning, after the disillusionment of the remake he experiences with his former friends, he returns to his wife.

5 PM Screening:Beyond the Hills (Dupa Dealuri, 2012, Cristian Mungiu, English Subtitles, 150 min)

'Beyond the Hills' is the third feature from Romanian director Cristian Mungiu and his first since winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2007 for 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days. Alina and Voichita are two young women in their mid-twenties. Old friends who grew up together in an orphanage, they reunite over a weekend. Alina has come back to Romania from Germany and wants Voichita to return with her. But Voichita is reluctant to leave the monastery where she lives with a dozen other women and a lone priest believing she’s found a cure for crippling loneliness, God.

The Romanian Film Series is a program of the American Romanian Festival and is co-sponsored by UM Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, UMMA and the Romanian Film Center. For more information, please visit www.americanromanianfestival.org

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October 31



Thursday, October 31, 10 am - 11:30 am
Fee ($30.00), registration required. Phone: 734-998-9351 Website: www.olli-umich.org Email: olli.info@umich.edu.

Join a wide-ranging and lively conversation with Joseph Rosa, UMMA Director, about the political effects on today's art market. What makes an artist "hot"? What politics drive emerging talent onto the auction block? How do we understand the ever-increasing prices for works by artists like Jeff Koons versus cherished Old Masters? Learn how museums keep pace with acquisitions, and what they do when they discover forgotten Picassos or are pressured to sell priceless masterpieces. Director of UMMA since July 2010, Rosa also chairs the President's Advisory Committee on Public Art and is a Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. This lecture is part of a series "Laugh or Cry: It's Politics: Politics in the Arts", offered by the OLLI at Michigan, and takes place at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Ann Arbor. Must be an OLLI member to attend. Annual Membership Fee is $20.00. Fee for lecture is $10 or $30 for all 6. Please register at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. This event will take place at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor.

categories: Special Events