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February 1



Saturday, February 1, 10 am - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

This one-day symposium will accompany the exhibition of Doris Duke’s collection of Islamic art, which will be on display at the University of Michigan Museum of Art from January to May 2014. The show exhibits Islamic art of the pre-modern period along with its reception, collection, and revival during the 19th and 20th centuries. The symposium aims to shed further light on the many ways in which collectors, scholars, artists, and architects have encountered Islamic artistic traditions during the modern period. Speakers will explore how “Islamic” art was defined and received in both European (French, British, German, and Greek) and American museum and academic contexts, as well as revived for a variety of nation-building purposes in Islamic lands today. Taken altogether, these presentations highlight how Islamic art—as a constructed scholarly discipline and corpus of selected objects—must be considered a global phenomenon that has been constructed through the efforts of various artistic entrepreneurs at the same time as it has been entangled in the cultural politics of Colonialism, Orientalism, and globalization over the course of the past two centuries.

This conference is organized by UMMA and UM Associate Professor of Islamic Art Christiane Gruber. 

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. 


categories: Exhibitions Related Program

February 2

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 2, 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, February 2, 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

February 6



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

Diane Seuss's third collection, Four-Legged Girl, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2015. Her second book, Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open, received the Juniper Prize for Poetry and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2010. Her poems and brief lyrical essays have appeared in a range of literary magazines, most recently in The Missouri Review, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, Brevity and Mid-American Review, where she won the 2012 Fineline Competition. Diane received the Cultural Center of Cape Cod Poetry Prize in 2011, and the 2012 Summer Literary Seminars Poetry Prize. She received a Pushcart Prize in 2013 for a poem that originally appeared in Blackbird. Diane was the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Writer at Colorado College in fall 2012.  She is Writer in Residence at Kalamazoo College, in Michigan.

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

February 7

Guided Tour

Friday, February 7, 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, February 7, 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: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs

February 8



Saturday, February 8, 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, February 8, 2 pm - 4 pm
Multipurpose Room
$7 per person, all materials provided. Register in advance at annarborartcenter.org or by calling (734) 994-8004.

Learn both history and technique in this unique workshop on the decorative painting tradition of Minhwa—or Korean folk painting—an art form that filled people’s homes as well as the palaces of Korea.  Participants will:
 
Explore in depth Lotus and Carp, a magnificent 19th century example of Minhwa on view in the gallery with Natsu Oyobe, Associate Curator of Asian Art at UMMA. 
Try your hand at learning the special painting techniques and imagery with two guest artists from Korea, Chang Soo Song and Jung Ye Nam. 
 
This workshop is designed for adults and families with children 13 and up and is presented by the University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies in partnership with UMMA and the Ann Arbor Art Center.

To learn more about the art of Minhwa, Professor Byung-mo Chung of Gyeongju University will give a lecture on Thursday, Feb 6 at 4pm in the UM Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100). For more information about the residency of these Minhwa artists and other featured events, please visit the web at www.ii.umich.edu/ncks/eventsprograms/specialevents.


categories: Artmaking

February 9

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 9, 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, February 9, 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





Sunday, February 9, 3 pm - 4 pm
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
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.

Adventurous, intelligent and independent, Doris Duke traveled the world and acquired countless treasures including a remarkable collection of Islamic art.  Doris Duke’s Shangri La is the first exhibition to present her five-acre Honolulu estate and its collections to audiences throughout the continental United States. Ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, and full-scale architectural elements are juxtaposed with historic photographs and drawings. Also, new works by six contemporary artists—including Walid Raad, Shahzia Sikander, and Afruz Amighi—demonstrate the diverse and dynamic nature of current art production and reflect the mix of cultures at Shangri La. This wealth of Islamic art provides a great opportunity for patrons to become familiar with this rich cultural tradition. Ashley Dimmig, UM PhD student in History of Art, will introduce the exhibition and various highpoints of this eclectic and legendary collection. More broadly, we will think about what it is that makes art “Islamic” and perhaps dispel some of the misconceptions we have about the style and content of what we call “Islamic art.” Join us in conversation in the gallery. 

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. 

categories: Exhibitions Related Program

February 13



Thursday, February 13, 5:10 pm - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Marianne Boruch was born in Chicago, survived its parochial schools, earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, and later—after working as a searcher of lost books at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library—her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She has published eight books of poetry, most recently Cadaver, Speak (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), and two essay collections, Poetry’s Old Air (Michigan) and In the Blue Pharmacy (Trinity), and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana), about hitchhiking from Illinois to California in 1971.

Her work has appeared in many periodicals, among them The New Yorker, Poetry London, American Poetry Review, The London Review of Books, Field, The Nation, Poetry, The Yale Review. Her awards include Pushcart Prizes and spots in Best American Poetry, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center; a Fulbright Professorship to Scotland, residencies at MacDowell and elsewhere as well as a stint as artist-in-residence at Isle Royale, our most isolated National Park.  Her 7th collection, The Book of Hours, was awarded the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Prize in 2013.

She has taught at the University of Maine at Farmington and, since 1987, at Purdue University where she developed and directed the MFA program in English. In addition, she has taught over two decades in the low-residency Program at Warren Wilson College. She's been on the poetry faculty at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and at the Indiana University, Bear River, and RopeWalk summer conferences.


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, February 13, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Apse
Free and open to the public.

The Center for World Performance Studies is delighted to present a concert of Hindustani classical music with Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, an internationally recognized sitar player known for his exceptional spontaneity in musical expressions. As a highly regarded artist of All India Radio, he is frequently featured in national TV and radio channels in India and other countries. Sanjoy is also the Ustad Alauddin Khan Professor of Instrumental Music at the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India and is involved in a number of national and international research projects. 


Part of the LS&A Theme Semester, India in the World, this event is presented by the Center for World Performance Studies and co-sponsored by UMMA.

categories: Performing Arts

February 14

Special Event

Friday, February 14, 3:30 pm - 5 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Join us at UMMA on Valentine's Day for some radical pataphysical explorations designed to put reality slightly out of kilter. Presented by UMMA, the Avant-Garde Interest Group in the Rackham Graduate School, and the UM Department of English, this UMMA Dialogue features experimental poet Christian Bok (University of Calgary), art historian David Doris (UM), and music performance professor Stephen Rush (UM) in a series of presentations and performances inspired by 'Pataphysics. 'Pataphysics is a philosophical precursor of Dada and Surrealism that reveals and dissolves the conceptual categories that constitute our understanding of reality by playfully placing everyday objects that we take for granted into odd, strange, and funny contexts. Highlights include a presentation by Professor Bok on his xenotext project, a collaboration with microbiologists to design a cell that can store and write a poem, and an experimental performance art introduction to pataphysical concepts by Stephen Rush and some of his students in SMTD.

This event is cosponsored by the Avant Garde Interest Group and the University of Michigan Department of English and is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

categories: Artists and Curators, Contemporary Art, Gallery Talks and Tours

February 16

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 16, 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, February 16, 2 pm - 3 pm

Doris Duke's Shangri La is a five-acre Honolulu estate and its carefully orchestrated surrounding landscape and interior design. This exhibition brings this treasure to audiences throughout the continental United States for the first time. Docents will introduce Doris Duke's fascination with Islamic art, her extensive travels in Muslim countries, and her work with a broad array of individuals. Some sixty objects—ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, and full-scale architectural elements—are juxtaposed with historic photographs and drawings. In addition to Ms. Duke’s collections, the exhibition will also include new works by eight contemporary artists, all of Islamic background, who participated in the Shangri La Artists-in Residence program. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, February 16, 7 pm - 8 pm
Apse

Maverick composer and Grammy award-winner Michael Daugherty shares his sweeping song cycle for soprano and chamber orchestra, The Labyrinth of Love, set to poems and prose by writers ranging from Sappho to Anne Carson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Elizabeth Taylor. Daugherty elegantly weaves together elements of Baroque, modernist, and popular music, yielding a true tour de force. Featuring soprano Jennifer Goltz and conductor Elim Chan.

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


categories: Performing Arts

February 20



Thursday, February 20, 5:10 pm - 6 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; the hybrid genre, photo-text memoir Intimate; and four books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, and Animal Eye.  Her work has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, an NEA Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, the University of Georgia Press’ Contemporary Poetry Series Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, inclusion in the Best American Poetry series (2102 and 2013) and various state arts council awards.  Her most recent book of poems, Animal Eye, was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and was the winner of the 2013 UNT Rilke Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, and on National Public Radio among many others.

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

February 21



Friday, February 21, 5 pm - 8 pm
Galleries

In response to visitor feedback, the Museum will stay open after 5 pm on select Fridays over the upcoming months. All of UMMA’s galleries and special exhibitions will remain open until 8 pm during this exciting series. As always, admission is free.

Upcoming dates for UMMA Fridays After 5 include:
February 21, 2014
April 25, 2014
July 18, 2014

UMMA Fridays After 5 is generously supported by Comerica Bank.

categories: Special Events

February 22



Saturday, February 22, 6 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

"The Dance on Camera Festival is one of those NY stealth events, prized by its devotees...where the allusiveness of dance meets the intimacy of film to create a new kind of magic" --John Rockwell, New York Times

Coming to Ann Arbor directly from Dance Films Association's 42nd Dance On Camera Festival in New York City, this screening celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance  combined with the intimacy of film. DFA's Festival is the oldest dance film festival in the world that sparked a global explosion of activity.


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


categories: Performing Arts

February 23

Guided Tour

Sunday, February 23, 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, February 23, 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





Sunday, February 23, 6 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

"The Dance on Camera Festival is one of those NY stealth events, prized by its devotees...where the allusiveness of dance meets the intimacy of film to create a new kind of magic" --John Rockwell, New York Times

Coming to Ann Arbor directly from Dance Films Association's 42nd Dance On Camera Festival in New York City, this screening celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance combined with the intimacy of film. DFA's Festival is the oldest dance film festival in the world that sparked a global explosion of activity.


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


categories: Performing Arts

February 26



Wednesday, February 26, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Apse
Forum
Multipurpose Room
New Media Gallery

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 Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurélien Froment, and Dora García (on view through April 27, 2014), followed by an engaging discussion in which UM Stamps School faculty and artists Heidi Kumao, Matt Kenyon, and Melanie Manos, Screen Arts and Cultures faculty Terri Sarris, and IH arts curator Amanda Krugliak consider the ways in which contemporary artists embrace temporality, theatricality and affective strategies to directly engage the viewer as audience.

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 Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurélien Froment, and Dora García is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment.

categories: Contemporary Art, Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events

February 27

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3

Thursday, February 27, 11:05 am - 12:05 pm

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