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March 2

Guided Tour

Sunday, March 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, March 2, 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

March 9

Guided Tour

Sunday, March 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, March 9, 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

March 13

Zell Visiting Writers Series

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

Kathryn Davis is the author of seven novels: Labrador, The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf, Hell, The Walking Tour, Versailles, The Thin Place and--most recently--Duplex. She has been the recipient of the Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2006 Lannan Award for Fiction. She lives in Vermont and teaches in the MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is Hurst Senior Writer-in-Residence.

categories: Writers Series



Special Event

Thursday, March 13, 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 1,300 people attended UMMA After Hours last fall for this festive gathering! Explore the permanent collection galleries and enjoy special exhibitions including architecture, landscape, and Islamic art from Doris Duke's Shangri La; an installation of UMMA's photography collection by guest curator and U-M Professor of Art Larry Cressman; and a trio of new media works presented in the exhibition Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurelien Froment, and Dora Garcia. Enjoy live music by

The Mark Stone Trio whose compositions range from Indian Carnatic and Hindustani to American jazz to African mbira/marimba music. Curators' conversations and light refreshments round out the event. The Mark Stone Trio is presented in partnership with the Center for World Performance Studies and the LSA Theme Semester “India in the World”.

UMMA After Hours is generously sponsored by Fidelity Investments.

categories: Special Events

March 14

Special Event

Friday, March 14, 9 am - 5 pm

Museum Technologies/Museum Transformations convenes a host of international experts to explore how technology has transformed museums and to introduce the next wave of innovations headed our way. Through presentations and discussion, the conference will facilitate critical reflection on where past developments have led us and will begin to articulate a scholarly agenda to travel forward with the rapid advances that continue to be made. Presenters include scholars from the sciences, arts, and humanities, leading representatives from the museum community, and key innovators from the private sector. UMMA's Director, Joseph Rosa will be moderating one of the sessions.

Presenters:
Piotr Adamczyk, Google Cultural Institute
Tanya Dewey, University of Michigan
Elaine Heumann Gurian, Senior Museum Consultant
Leilah Lyons, University of Illinois, Chicago
Gunalan Nadarajan, University of Michigan
Gunter Waibel, Smithsonian Institution
Ethan Watrall, Michigan State University

Amphitheatre, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan Central Campus

categories: Special Events



Special Event

Friday, March 14, 4 pm - 5:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

UMMA is delighted to welcome artist Nilima Sheikh in conjunction with the LSA Theme Semester "India in the World." Sheikh (b. 1945, New Delhi, India) studied history at the Delhi University as an undergraduate and painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda for her Master's degree. She uses traditional painting methods to create images of an often tragic and ruthless reality. Sheikh will discuss her works around Kashmir, which are on exhibit at the Art Institute Chicago from March 8-May 18, 2014. The title of her March 14 talk, "Each Night Put Kashmir in Your Dreams," is a quote from the work of Kashmiri poet, Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001). For more information please visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/india/events/art

This program is organized by the Center for South Asian Studies with support from the U-M LSA Theme Semester and co-sponsored by UMMA, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, and the Department of the History of Art.

categories: Artists and Curators, Contemporary Art, Special Events

March 15



Saturday, March 15, 2 pm - 4 pm
Multipurpose Room
Free Registration with Ann Arbor Art Center required.

Create your own art project inspired by the ideas of geometric pattern and color in Islamic art as seen in the exhibition Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art. Designed for families with children ages 6-12 to experience art together, UMMA docents will lead families on an exploration of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop.

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Ann Arbor Art Center. If you are unable to join us on March 15, we are running the workshop on March 22 as well.

categories: Artmaking, Exhibitions Related Program, Family



Ann Arbor Art Center

Saturday, March 15, 2 pm - 4 pm
Multipurpose Room
Free. Pre-registration required at www.annarborartcenter.org

Create your own art project inspired by the ideas of geometric pattern and color in Islamic art as seen in the exhibition Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art. Designed for families with children ages 6-12 to experience art together, UMMA docents will lead families on an exploration of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop.

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Ann Arbor Art Center. If you are unable to join us on March 15, we will offer it again on March 22.

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: Artmaking

March 16

Flip Your Field: Photographs from the Collection

Sunday, March 16
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



Guided Tour

Sunday, March 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, March 16, 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



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

Sunday, March 16, 3 pm - 4:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Join us for a conversation exploring the exhibition's major themes: Doris Duke's vision as a collector, her legacy in the display and understanding of Islamic art - particularly the establishment of the artist-in-residence program at Shangri La for contemporary artists - and the unique architecture and design of the Shangri La estate.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program

March 20



Thursday, March 20, 2 pm - 3 pm
Conference Room 4, Duderstadt Center

FOR U-M NORTH CAMPUS FACULTY AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
The University of Michigan Museum of Art will be holding information sessions on teaching and research with our collection at the Duderstadt Center on North Campus on Thursday, March 20, 2:00-3:00. A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation enables us to provide faculty and graduate students with direct and personalized assistance with collections searches, object research, and curriculum development, as well as with accessing art with classes or for research. We are particularly interested in promoting creative, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching with visual and material culture and in assisting innovative use of our collection by faculty and graduate students who work in academic units that do not regularly work with art objects. We have had notable successes working with instructors in a wide range of programs, including Theater and Drama, Psychology, Kinesiology, and numerous new partners from across the humanities.

These two sessions will take place in Conference Room 4 of the Duderstadt Center and will be conducted by the Mellon Academic Coordinator, David Choberka, and Mellon Collections Assistant, Anne Drozd. Interested faculty and graduate students are invited to attend. The session will be a reiteration of the sessions that we've offered in previous semesters. If you have any questions or would like more information but are not able to attend the session, please contact David Choberka (dchoberk@umich.edu).

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Zell Visiting Writers Series

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

Joshua Edwards is the author of Imperial Nostalgias and Campeche, and the translator of Mexican poet Maria Baranda's Ficticia. His third collection, Architecture for Travelers, is forthcoming in late 2014. He's the recipient of fellowships from the Stegner Program at Stanford University, the Fulbright Program, University of Michigan, and Akademie Schloss Solitude. He directs and co-edits Canarium Books.

Paul Killebrew was born and raised in Tennessee. He is the author of two full-length collections, Ethical Consciousness (2013) and Flowers (2010), both published by Canarium Books. His chapbook, Forget Rita (2003), was published by the Poetry Society of America, and Ugly Duckling Presse published another, Inspector vs. Invader (2007). From 2008 to 2012 he served as a staff attorney at Innocence Project New Orleans, and he currently resides in Maryland with his wife and son.

categories: Writers Series

March 21



Friday, March 21, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Galleries
Multipurpose Room
Advance registration required.

In this multi-part workshop in conjunction with the dramatic exhibition Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, educators will have the opportunity to mix and match events according to their interests and schedules. Friday will focus on Qawwali music of Pakistan, including an artist talk and a UMS concert by Asif Ali Khan as the starting points to explore the practice and music of Sufism, one sect of Islam. Saturday will examine the visual arts of Islam, especially the rich variety of media, from tile mosaics and textiles, to calligraphy and manuscript illustration. A hands-on component will be included. On Sunday, participants will approach Islamic art from a historical and religious perspective, putting it in the context of the development and diversity of Islam. Each day will include a tour of the Doris Duke's Shangri La exhibition but each tour will look at different objects and aspects of the installation. All participants will receive a packet of contextual material and lesson plans. SCECHs will be available. Meetings will be held in the multipurpose room, the galleries and Rackham Auditorium.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program



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

Friday, March 21, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Advance registration required: jannwes@umich.edu

Friday, 1:30-5:30, concert at 8 pm
Saturday, 8:30 am - 1 pm
Sunday, 12:30 - 4:30 pm

In this multi-part workshop in conjunction with the dramatic exhibition Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, educators will have the opportunity to mix and match events according to their interests and schedules. Friday will focus on Qawwali music of Pakistan, including an artist talk and a UMS concert by Asif Ali Khan as the starting points to explore the practice and music of Sufism, one sect of Islam. Saturday will examine the visual arts of Islam, especially the rich variety of media, from tile mosaics and textiles, to calligraphy and manuscript illustration. A hands-on component will be included. On Sunday, participants will approach Islamic art from a historical and religious perspective, putting it in the context of the development and diversity of Islam. Each day will include a tour of the Doris Duke's Shangri La exhibition but each tour will look at different objects and aspects of the installation. All participants will receive a packet of contextual material and lesson plans. SCECHs will be available. Meetings will be held in the multipurpose room, the galleries and Rackham Auditorium.

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



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

Friday, March 21, 8 pm - 8 pm
Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington Street. 
Visit event page to purchase tickets: http://ums.org/performance/asif-ali-khan-qawwali-music-of-pakistan/

UMS brings Asif Ali Khan to Ann Arbor in conjunction with UMMA's exhibition of Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art on view through May 4, 2014. To learn more about UMMA's exhibition, visit www.umma.umich.edu. For information about related programs, visit http://www.umma.umich.edu/insider/duke-programs

If the late, great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-97) was known as "the emperor of Qawwali," Asif Ali Khan - who was once hailed by the maestro as one of his best students - has surely emerged as the music's reigning prince. Asif is a superstar in his native Pakistan and a powerful figure on the international stage, remaining faithful to the sublime traditions of devotional Sufi music. His music can be meditative and trance-inducing, before, at a turn, becoming thrilling and ecstatic. To hear his voice soaring above the call-and-response choruses, rhythmic hand claps, percussion, and harmonium of his accompanying musicians is an inspiring experience whether you're an adherent of the Sufi faith or not.

This performance is supported by Mohamad Issa and the Issa Foundation.

categories: Performing Arts, Special Events

March 22



Saturday, March 22, 8:30 am - 1 pm
Galleries
Multipurpose Room
Advance registration required: jannwes@umich.edu

In this multi-part workshop in conjunction with the dramatic exhibition Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, educators will have the opportunity to mix and match events according to their interests and schedules. Friday will focus on Qawwali music of Pakistan, including an artist talk and a UMS concert by Asif Ali Khan as the starting points to explore the practice and music of Sufism, one sect of Islam. Saturday will examine the visual arts of Islam, especially the rich variety of media, from tile mosaics and textiles, to calligraphy and manuscript illustration. A hands-on component will be included. On Sunday, participants will approach Islamic art from a historical and religious perspective, putting it in the context of the development and diversity of Islam. Each day will include a tour of the Doris Duke's Shangri La exhibition but each tour will look at different objects and aspects of the installation. All participants will receive a packet of contextual material and lesson plans. SCECHs will be available. Meetings will be held in the multipurpose room, the galleries and Rackham Auditorium.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program



An Eye on the Empire: Photographs of Colonial India and Egypt

Saturday, March 22, 11 am - 5 pm
Galleries

The zenith of the British Empire in the later nineteenth century coincided with a unique convergence of cultural, technological, and economic forces. Interest in the diverse lands under British influence led to numerous expeditions to explore and map new regions of the Empire. At the same time, a rising tourism industry began to package trips to well-heeled Victorians hoping to visit societies quite different from their own. Photography, with its ability to capture in precise detail the geography, peoples, and culture of far-flung lands, brought this exotic world home to an eager audience in England, and its commercial potential sent numerous professional photographers to both India and Egypt. Serving as part record of famous monuments and part ethnographic survey, these photographs constituted a vast body of images that shaped colonial conceptions of these lands, while today they preserve an evocative record of Egypt and India from an earlier time.

This exhibition includes a selection of works by leading photographers of the era such as Francis Frith and Samuel Bourne. This exhibition is offered in conjunction with the University of Michigan's theme semester, India and the World.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Health System.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program



Ann Arbor Art Center

Saturday, March 22, 2 pm - 4 pm
Multipurpose Room
Free. Registration with Ann Arbor Art Center required.

Create your own art project inspired by the ideas of geometric pattern and color in Islamic art as seen in the exhibition Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art. Designed for families with children ages 6-12 to experience art together, UMMA docents will lead families on an exploration of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop.

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Ann Arbor Art Center. If you are unable to join us on March 22, we are running the workshop on March 15 as well.

categories: Artmaking, Family



Special Event

Saturday, March 22, 7 pm - 9 pm
Apse

Established in 1997, the JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble is Lan Tung (Taiwan/Canada) on the erhu/Chinese violin, Ruisi Li (China/US) Yu-Chen Wang (Taiwan/US) on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard (Canada) on percussion. The ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond and has embraced a variety of musical influences including traditional and contemporary Chinese music, World Music, New Music, Jazz, and Creative Improvisation. Acclaimed as "one of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene"(Georgia Straight), the Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians.

Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Museum of Art

categories: Performing Arts

March 23



Sunday, March 23, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Galleries
Multipurpose Room
Advance registration required: jannwes@umich.edu

In this multi-part workshop in conjunction with the dramatic exhibition Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, educators will have the opportunity to mix and match events according to their interests and schedules. Friday will focus on Qawwali music of Pakistan, including an artist talk and a UMS concert by Asif Ali Khan as the starting points to explore the practice and music of Sufism, one sect of Islam. Saturday will examine the visual arts of Islam, especially the rich variety of media, from tile mosaics and textiles, to calligraphy and manuscript illustration. A hands-on component will be included. On Sunday, participants will approach Islamic art from a historical and religious perspective, putting it in the context of the development and diversity of Islam. Each day will include a tour of the Doris Duke's Shangri La exhibition but each tour will look at different objects and aspects of the installation. All participants will receive a packet of contextual material and lesson plans. SCECHs will be available. Meetings will be held in the multipurpose room, the galleries and Rackham Auditorium.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program



Guided Tour

Sunday, March 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, March 23, 2 pm - 2 pm

Offered in conjunction with the University of Michigan’s winter theme semester entitled India in the World, this exhibition, drawn from UMMA’s permanent collection, explores how the British colonial territories of India and Egypt were portrayed by early photographers working in those lands. Docents will introduce the work of these photographers, many of whom lived and worked in these territories.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

March 28

Guided Tour

Friday, March 28, 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.
 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



Special Event

Friday, March 28, 3 pm - 5 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Comprising over four years of footage, From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (83 min, 2013, video) is the result of a collaboration between the Indian art collective CAMP and a group of sailors from the Kutch district in western India. A modern adventure on the high seas (captured with cell phone cameras and set to a soundtrack of old and new Bollywood, Pakistani, and local religious songs chosen by the sailors), the film captures workaday life and lazy hours as the sailors ferry everything from electronics to livestock from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden to the Somali coast and back again.

"The film is beautiful and buoyant and engrossing in big picture and small detail ways." -The New York Times

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artists.

Screening of From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf presented by the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival in partnership with the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design's Witt Artist in Residence Program at the University of Michigan, the Art Gallery of Windsor, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

categories: Film, Special Events

March 29



Saturday, March 29, 11:15 am - 11:45 am

Children ages four to seven are invited to hear a story in the galleries. In March, Storytime will focus on the beautiful and dramatic exhibition, Doris Duke’s Shangri La. Student docents and UMMA staff will bring this art to life 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. 



categories: Family, Gallery Talks and Tours

March 30

Three Michigan Architects: Part 1—David Osler

Sunday, March 30, 12 pm - 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 exhibitions, with 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



Guided Tour

Sunday, March 30, 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



Special Event

Sunday, March 30, 2 pm - 4 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Directed by filmmaker and author Noel Burch (b.1932) and the late artist, photographer and filmmaker Allan Sekula (1951-2013). The "forgotten space" of Sekula and Burch's essay film is the sea, the oceans through which 90% of the world's cargo now passes. At the heart of this space is the container box, which, since its invention in the 1950s, has become one of the most important mechanisms for the global spread of capitalism.

The film (112 min, 2010, video) follows the container box along the international supply chain, from ships to barges, trains, and trucks, mapping the byzantine networks that connect producers to consumers (and more and more frequently, producing nations to consuming ones). Visiting the major ports of Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Guangdong province, and many places between, it connects the economic puzzle pieces that corporations and governments would prefer remain scattered.

"The Forgotten Space begins as an investigative documentary and concludes as a mythopoeic essay on modernity and the sea." -Artforum

Presented by the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival, March 25-30, 2014, and co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

categories: Film, Special Events



Guided Tour

Sunday, March 30, 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 one of a series of three exhibitions showcasing Michigan architects, Three Michigan Architects. On March 30, visitors will see Part 1 - David Osler. Ann Arbor native and U-M alum David Osler's domestic, institutional, commercial, and civic buildings represent some of the most distinctive and recognizable modern architecture in Michigan. On April 20, visitors will explore Part 2 - Robert Metalf. Metcalf designed houses and businesses for many of Detroit and Ann Arbor's most prominent citizens. His work is known for his careful attention to detail and for siting to maximize the light and view.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours



An Eye on the Empire: Photographs of Colonial India and Egypt

Sunday, March 30, 3 pm - 4 pm
Galleries

Photography, with its ability to capture in precise detail the geography, peoples, and culture of far-flung lands, brought this exotic world home to an eager audience in England, and its commercial potential sent numerous professional photographers to both India and Egypt. Join UMMA’s Senior Curator of Western Art Carole McNamara for a trip back in time and an exploration of the images that shaped colonial conceptions of these lands, including a works by leading photographers of the era such as Francis Frith and Samuel Bourne.

The exhibition An Eye on Empire is offered in conjunction with the theme semester, India and the World and is on view March 22 – June 29, 2014.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program