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January 5

Adolph Gottlieb: Sculptor

Sunday, January 5, 11 am - 5 pm
Galleries

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, consisting of large images that evoke a universal language of symbols, have become icons in America painting. An artist who continually sought new challenges, 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 a natural extension into the third dimension of many of the concerns that occupied him in his paintings.  Although Gottlieb’s foray into sculpture lasted only about a year and a half, they represent a summation of his thinking about form, color and space that he had explored in his painting and the sculptures stand as an important body of work by this exceptional painter.

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, the University of Michigan Credit Union, and Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.


categories: Exhibitions Related Program



Performing Still Images: David Claerbout and Matthew Buckingham



Sunday, January 5, 11 am - 5 pm
Apse

Performing Still Images looks at two distinct ways of addressing the relationship between different media: photography and video in David Claerbout’s "The American Room" and photography as a time-based practice in Matthew Buckingham’s work, “Image of Absalon Projected Until it Vanishes”. Both artists base their projections on still images—Claerbout on thousands of still images portraying an audience in a musical performance and classical setting, and Buckingham on the slow, cinematic, fade-to-white of a projected slide image. Both artists deal with the memory of a past in ways that evoke sentiments as well as new ways of dissolving our culture of representation.

The third season of UMMA's new media exhibitions, guest curated by Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will focus on the notion of performativity in contemporary art. Performing Still Images: David Claerbout and Matthew Buckingham will be the first of three exhibitions presented in the upcoming season.


Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost.


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January 11

Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurélien Froment, and Dora García



Saturday, January 11, 11 am - 5 pm
Galleries

The three works selected for Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurélien Froment, and Dora Garcíaaffect the audience directly or psychologically—they emphasize the construction of images and effects as a fundamental experience in the cultural domain: Discenza’s A Viewing (The Effect) immerses the visitor in a seductive acoustic environment as he compiles a series of fragments of text found online through a Google search, all of which include the specific phrase “and the effect is,” into a single narration read aloud by a professional speaker; Froment’s film Pulmo Marinaconsists of a single shot of a jellyfish in an aquarium, with a voiceover that draws attention to the conditions of display; and García addresses the audience as the subject in Instant Narrative, as performers write a continuous narrative about visitors in real time that is projected within the same space.

The third season of UMMA's new media exhibitions, guest curated by Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will focus on the notion of performativity in contemporary art. Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurélien Froment, and Dora García is the second of three exhibitions presented in the upcoming season. 


Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost.


categories: Exhibitions Related Program

January 12

Guided Tour

Sunday, January 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, January 12, 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



Fragments from the Past: Islamic Art from the Collection of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
In Conversation

Sunday, January 12, 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.

Join us on an exploration of the Islamic world through a unique selection of artifacts on loan from the Kelsey Museum of Archeology. Courtney Lesoon, Masters student in Middle Eastern and North African Studies at UM, will lead an investigation of how historical narratives and Islamic social structures can be reconstructed by considering these precious fragments of the past. Learn how questions about provenance and production process can be answered through the study material culture. Objects on display include impressive examples of earthenware, glass, lustreware, and metalwork.

The exhibition Fragments from the Past: Islamic Art from the Collection of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology 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, Gallery Talks and Tours

January 16

Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series

Thursday, January 16, 5:10 pm - 7 pm
Historic Theater, Michigan Theater

Rafael Lozano Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. Electronic artist, develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His main interest is in creating platforms for public participation, by perverting technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance or telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival and animatronics, his light and shadow works are “antimonuments for alien agency”. Recently the subject of solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fundación Telefónica in Buenos Aires and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, he was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition at Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel in 2007. He has received two BAFTA British Academy Awards for Interactive Art in London, a Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, “Artist of the year” Rave Award from Wired Magazine, a Rockefeller fellowship, the Trophée des Lumières in Lyon and an International Bauhaus Award in Dessau. Established with the generous support of UM School of Art and Design alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Stamps Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities. Additional support is provided by Michigan Radio. Events in the Penny Stamps series are always free of charge and open to the public. The Michigan Theater is located downtown Ann Arbor at 603 East Liberty Street. This program is co-sponsored by UMMA.

categories: Special Events

January 18



Saturday, January 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

January 19

Guided Tour

Sunday, January 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, January 19, 2 pm - 3 pm

UMMA has assembled a choice group of domestic design objects in a new dedicated Design Gallery. Both design aficionados and novices will recognize some of the historic work on view. UMMA docents will introduce this exciting new installation to visitors along with the first in a series of three exhibitions showcasing Michigan architects. Three Michigan Architects: Part 1—David Osler features the work of Ann Arbor native and UM alum David Osler. His domestic, institutional, commercial, and civic buildings represent some of the most distinctive and recognizable modern architecture in Michigan. Osler’s minimal design aesthetic of impeccably composed, crisp, clean, geometric lines provide a perfect complement to the contents of the Design Gallery.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

January 23

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Thursday, January 23, 5:10 pm - 6 pm

Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. He holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Huizache, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Quarterly West. His work has been honored with a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, and writing residencies to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He has served as the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Slow Lightning, his first book of poems, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, he currently lives in New York City, teaching at Columbia University in the spring 2013.

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

January 24

Guided Tour

Friday, January 24, 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



Mark Webster Reading Series

Friday, January 24, 7 pm - 8 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

The Mark Webster Reading Series remembers the poetry and life of Mark Webster. All readings take place in the Helmut Stern Auditorium at UMMA, and are free and open to the public.

categories: Performing Arts

January 25

Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art

Saturday, January 25, 11 am - 5 pm
Galleries

Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art is the first exhibition to present Duke's five-acre Honolulu estate and its collections to audiences throughout the continental United States. The exhibition illustrates Duke's fascination with Islamic art, her extensive travels in Muslim countries, and her work with a broad array of individuals, including scholars, dealers, and artisans. The creation of Shangri La and its carefully orchestrated surrounding landscape and interior design is documented through photographs–both historical and newly commissioned works by Tim Street-Porter, drawings, and a newly created architectural model. Duke's travels, including her around-the-world honeymoon trip in 1935, as well as her place in the history of mid-20th century collecting of Islamic art, are traced through photographs, films, correspondence and ephemera. Some sixty objects—ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, and full-scale architectural elements—are juxtaposed with historic photographs and drawings, dramatically demonstrating the symbiotic relationship between the house and its collections. In addition to Ms. Duke’s collections, the exhibition will also include new works by eight contemporary artists–all of Islamic background–including Walid Raad, Shahzia Sikander, and Afruz Amighi. All eight artists participated in the Shangri La Artists-in Residence program. Organized by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the exhibition is curated by Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins.


This exhibition was organized by The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, which is also providing generous support for its presentation at UMMA and national tour. Additional lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System and the University of Michigan Office of the President. Other generous support is provided by the Monroe-Brown Foundation Discretionary Fund for Outreach to the State of Michigan, the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund, and the University of Michigan Center for South Asian Studies, CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, Department of the History of Art, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Institute for the Humanities, Islamic Studies Program, and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.


categories: Exhibitions Related Program

January 26

Guided Tour

Sunday, January 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, January 26, 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

January 27

Sibande on Campus



Monday, January 27, 11 am - 5 pm
Commons

This fall, UMMA will join the U-M Institute for Humanities, Arts at Michigan, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) to present the work of rising young South African artist Mary Sibande. Through her work, Sibande constructs elaborate visual narratives to consider race, gender, and class in post-colonial South Africa. Rooted in her own family’s history of three generations of women as domestic servants, her larger-than-life figures clothed in yards of fabric confront the viewer with the stark limits of cultural heritage, as well as the possibility of transformation. Sibande’s Ann Arbor residency includes an original installation at the U-M Institute for the Humanities gallery, a Penny Stamps lecture, an open studio on North Campus, and an exhibition of Sibande’s existing work at Gallery DAAS, the Slusser Gallery, and UMMA. Her work, titled The wait seems to go on forever, is on view in UMMA’s Commons area from September 14, 2013 through January 12, 2014.


Organized by the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, the Sibande on Campus project is made possible in part by Arts at Michigan, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Lead support for this project is provided by the Kidder Residency in the Arts.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program

January 31

SMTD@UMMA

Friday, January 31, 8 pm - 9:30 pm
Apse

Presented in conjunction with the UMMA exhibition Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, celebrated classical guitarist Matthew Ardizzone returns to Ann Arbor with repertoire exploring the Arab influence in Spanish guitar music. Until the late fifteenth century Andalusia, the Spanish region under Islamic rule, was a place where European, gypsy, Jewish, African, and Arabic cultures all met. This period also saw the development of the guitar’s predecessor, the Spanish vihuela. The Andalusian musical legacy, heard in the works of featured composers Isaac Albéniz and Francisco Tárrega, continues to enrich compositions for classical guitar to the present day.

The SMTD@UMMA performance series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.
The exhibition Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art was organized by The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, which is also providing generous support for its presentation at UMMA and national tour. Additional lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System and the University of Michigan Office of the President. Other generous support is provided by the Monroe-Brown Foundation Discretionary Fund for Outreach to the State of Michigan, the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund, and the University of Michigan Center for South Asian Studies, CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, Department of the History of Art, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Institute for the Humanities, Islamic Studies Program, and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.


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