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December 1



Sunday, December 1, 11 am - 5 pm
Galleries

Brett Weston (1911–1993) is one of the iconic photographers of the 20th century. The son of pioneer photographer, Edward Weston, he received his first camera as a teenager and began photographing in Mexico, where he was traveling with his father. He developed an extremely strong sense of visual composition and created a body of work that does not stand in the shadow of his famous father but asserts its own dynamic aesthetic. Weston's work consists of highly distilled views from nature; his works capture the grandeur of sweeping landscape vistas while also finding in close-up views the kind of details that connect to abstract painting from the same time. He sees as a painter, but frames his images as a photographer. Equivalents prevail, bringing the viewer to observe that in Weston's work beauty, thoughtful structure, and ravishing details abound in observed moments that wed our physical existence into one universal vision.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Lois Zenkel Photographic Exhibitions Fund and the Monroe-Brown Foundation Discretionary Fund for Outreach to the State of Michigan.


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Guided Tour

Sunday, December 1, 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, December 1, 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

December 5



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

Poet Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of fifteen books and five chapbooks. Image Journal writes, "American history as conceived by Marilyn Nelson is the inside-out, last-shall-be-first version. She inhabits the voices of the overlooked and disenfranchised and shines light into forgotten corners that reveal essential truths about the whole....It's this breadth of perspective, from pole to pole, past to present, from spheres domestic to atmospheric, that makes her so remarkable." Of her many collections, The Homeplace won the 1992 Annisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award. The Fields Of Praise: New And Selected Poems won the 1998 Poets' Prize and was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award, the PEN Winship Award, and the Lenore Marshall Prize. Carver: A Life In Poems won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award, a Newbery Honor Book, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Fortune's Bones was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Her young adult book, A Wreath For Emmett Till, won the 2005 Boston Globe's Horn Book Award and was a 2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a 2006 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and a 2006 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book. The Cachoiera Tales And Other Poems won the L.E. Phillabaum Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. 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 http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.

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December 6

Guided Tour

Friday, December 6, 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, December 6, 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 - Webster reading makes for an enjoyable and enlightening Friday evening.

categories: Writers Series

December 7



Saturday, December 7, 11 am - 5 pm
Galleries

The second exhibition in UMMA's Flip Your Field series is guest curated Larry Cressman, artist and Professor of Art at the University of Michigan. Drawing from UMMA's extensive collection of photographs, Cressman will present two contrasting arrangements of photographic imagery. The first is a salon style display of many different images, all focused on one distinct subject: trees. The grouping represents traditional photography, showing the artists' use of the medium in a straightforward way. In contrast, the second arrangement presents a collection of photographs that have been uniquely manipulated by each artist, using aspects of the photographic process to create individual statements. With the ubiquitous cell phone camera, photography has become integrated into our everyday lives more than ever before–and with the ease of manipulating photographic imagery through digital means, it becomes especially interesting to view these photographs from the collection in a new light.

The UMMA Flip Your Field series asks noted University of Michigan faculty members to consider artwork outside their field of specialization in order to guest curate an exhibition using works from UMMA's renowned collection. The UMMA Flip Your Field series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program





Saturday, December 7, 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





Saturday, December 7, 1 pm - 4 pm
Galleries

For this year's annual installation concert, U-M's Digital Music Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Stephen Rush, returns to UMMA with Omni-fi. The ensemble has developed a reputation for creating surprising musical experiences using the Internet as a connective device between performers who inhabit different spaces at the same time. Their celebrated performances are generated through an innovative structure of collaboration between the ensemble and its director. Fresh off recent Internet performances at Stanford University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Illinois, and a tour of Colombian universities, their compelling exploration of sound and space is something you won't want to miss! The SMTD@UMMA performance series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

categories: Performing Arts

December 8

Guided Tour

Sunday, December 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, December 8, 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

December 15

Guided Tour

Sunday, December 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, December 15, 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.

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Guided Tour

Sunday, December 15, 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.

In this informal gallery talk we will explore Fragments from the Past: Islamic Art from the Collection of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology with works ranging from the eighth to the nineteenth century. UM Master's student in Middle East and North African Studies Crystal Labrosse will lead a discussion of see how these everyday objects and fragments come together to tell a story about the people in Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran during those periods. The stories will show how aesthetic value was placed on everyday objects. This exhibition demonstrates many stories that run through the pasts of these peoples and cultures.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

December 21



Saturday, December 21, 11 am - 5 pm
Galleries

David Osler (born 1923) is an Ann Arbor native and graduate of the University of Michigan. His domestic, institutional, commercial, and civic buildings represent some of the most distinctive and recognizable modern architecture in Michigan, predominantly in Washtenaw County. This exhibition presents eight domestic projects that span his four-decade-long career from 1958–2008, highlighting his minimal design aesthetic that employs impeccably composed crisp, clean, geometric lines and forms. Each project exemplifies Osler’s modern mid-century architectural vocabulary, as he designed houses that physically open up to their natural settings—visually embracing them.

Three Michigan Architects: Part 1–Osler is the first in a series of three consecutive exhibitionswith subsequent presentations of domestic work by Robert Metcalf and George Brigham. The series will culminate in Fall 2014 with a symposium, as well as the publication of Three Michigan Architects: Osler, Metcalf, and Brigham. The publication will explore the importance of this circle of Ann Arbor-based architects, situating their regional body of domestic work into the larger context of modern architecture in the U.S. that developed on the East Coast and West Coast from the 1930s–1980s.

This exhibition is part of UMMA’s Collections Collaborations series, which showcases the renowned and diverse collections of the University of Michigan. It inaugurates UMMA’s collaboration with the U-M Bentley Historical Library and showcases the work of modern architects with ties to the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor. Co-curated by UMMA Director Joseph Rosa and Head of the University Archives Program Nancy Bartlett, all three installations will feature architectural presentation drawings and working drawings, as well as photographs from the extensive archives of the Bentley Historical Library.

The UM Collections Collaborations series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lead support for Three Michigan Architects is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program

December 22

Guided Tour

Sunday, December 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, December 22, 2 pm - 3 pm

Larry Cressman, artist and Professor of Art, curates the second exhibition in UMMA’s Flip Your Field series, presenting two contrasting arrangements of photographs. The first is a salon style display of images of trees representing traditional, straightforward photography. The second presents uniquely manipulated photographs that use aspects of the process to create individual statements. Join UMMA docents as they introduce these arrangements.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours