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July 5

 

Saturday, July 5, 11 am - 5 pm
Galleries

Susan Sontag claimed that photographs "owe their existence to a loose cooperation (quasi-magical, quasi-accidental) between photographer and subject." Any photographic portrait marks an encounter between the person executing the image and the person posing for it. The sixteen photographs included in this exhibition speak to an especially charged collaboration between photographer and model in that they are all portraits of artists.

When a photographer is faced with a subject who is so thoroughly invested in artistic representation, how might this impact his or her own photographic aesthetic? In this suite of remarkable photographs, we witness different manifestations of this phenomenon at work. For example, we see results ranging from the surreal to the seemingly straightforward through encounters between Salvador Dali and Phillipe Halsman; Frida Khalo and Manuel Álvarez Bravo; and Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams. In other cases the photographer intentionally frames the photographic subject alongside the artist's own work of art so that they become compelling participants in their own painted or sculptural compositions.

This exhibition invites viewers to consider how the difficult task of representing another artist is productively accomplished through the collaborative aesthetic resonances discernable between model and photographer in these portraits.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program

July 6

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 6, 2 pm - 3 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

July 13



Sunday, July 13, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
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.

July’s event will explore Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 / Contemporary Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast, on view at UMMA until September 14, 2014.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 / Contemporary Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast was organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition catalogue is made possible in part with the support of the Smithsonian Institution’s Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program. Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Native American Studies Program, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

Meet Me at UMMA is supported by generous private donors to the Museum’s Docent Program.

categories: Special Events



Three Michigan Architects: Part 2—Robert Metcalf

Sunday, July 13, 12 pm - 6 pm
Vertical Gallery

Robert Metcalf's domestic and commercial buildings represent some of the most important and recognizable modern architecture in Michigan, predominantly in Washtenaw County. Born in 1923, Metcalf is a native of Nashville, Ohio and though he began his education at the University of Michigan in 1941, his studies were halted during World War II. After studying Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins under the Army Specialized Training Program and serving in Europe, he returned to Ann Arbor and finished his degree in 1950. Upon graduation, Metcalf worked as an apprentice to George B. Brigham and began teaching Architecture at the University of Michigan. He retired from his position as Emil Lorch Professor of Architecture & Urban Planning with Emeritus status in 1991. Metcalf began his own architectural practice in 1953 and completed over 120 projects Ann Arbor and the Detroit Metro area. He still lives in the home that he and his late wife, Bettie, built in 1953—his very first built project.

This exhibition presents domestic projects that span his six-decade-long career from 1953-2008, highlighting a straightforward design aesthetic that features energy-efficient building techniques. Each project exemplifies Metcalf's mid-century modern architectural vocabulary, as he designed houses that create a utilitarian space for living.

Three Michigan Architects: Part 2–Metcalf is the second in a series of three consecutive exhibitions, with subsequent presentation of domestic work by George Brigham (July 19–October 12). Part 1 of the series presented the work of David Osler (December 21, 2013 - March 30, 2013). The series will culminate in Fall 2014 with a symposium, as well as the publication of Three Michigan Architects: Osler, Metcalf, and Brigham—both of which 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 the U-M Collections Collaborations series, which showcases the renowned and diverse collections of the University of Michigan. This series inaugurates UMMA's collaboration with the Bentley Historical Library, and 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, July 13, 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. In July, visitors will explore Three Michigan Architects Part 2 - Robert Metcalf. Metcalf designed houses and businesses for many of Detroit and Ann Arbor's most prominent citizens. His work is known his for careful attention to detail and for siting to maximize the light and view.
 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

July 18



Friday, July 18, 5 pm - 8 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Indigenous short and experimental videos have exploded in the past decade.  This selection of films references the history of colonialism and its contemporary, intergenerational legacy through stories about survival, power, resistance, beauty, and cultural continuity and transformation.Indigenous short and experimental videos have exploded in the past decade.  This selection of films references the history of colonialism and its contemporary, intergenerational legacy through stories about survival, power, resistance, beauty, and cultural continuity and transformation.

Selections include:

Robert's Paintings (2011, Canada, 52 min) by Shelley Niro is about the life and career of Robert Houle. Courtesy of V-Tape, Toronto.

The Gift (2011, Canada, 2 min) by Terril Caulder

Because of Who I Am (2010, United States, 4 min) by Marcella A. Ernest

PowWowWow (2011, Canada, 3:38 min) by Lisa Jackson

Algonquin (2011, Canada, 4:39) by Travis Schilling

Make Your Escape (2010, Canada, 7:30 min) by Ehren Bearwitness Thomas

Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator, community animator, arts consultant from Beausoleil First Nation. Currently she is curator in residence at the Justina M. Barnicke gallery and teaching a graduate course at University of Toronto. She was the 2013 Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitor at University of Toronto. She has her Masters in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. Nanibush currently has an exhibition KWE, The Art of Rebecca Belmore up at the Justina M Barnicke gallery and one up at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery called Sovereign Acts.


Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 / Contemporary Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast was organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition catalogue is made possible in part with the support of the Smithsonian Institution’s Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program. Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Native American Studies Program, and Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Film



Special Event

Friday, July 18, 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. As always, admission is free.

UMMA Fridays After 5 is generously supported by Comerica Bank.

categories: Special Events

July 20

Appropriation / Collaboration: Christian Marclay / Harrell Fletcher & Miranda July

Sunday, July 20, 12 pm - 5 pm
Galleries

This exhibition will bring together two key works from different decades. First is the 1995 single channel video, Telephones, by Christian Marclay, a popular classic of appropriation art and found footage and the forerunner to his famous work, The Clock. Furthering Marclay's effective displacement of original contexts, the video is a specific translation of classic Hollywood movies into a different time-based narrative as a precursor to today's culture of YouTube remixes.

The second installation offers a unique display of all components from the participatory web-based platform Learning to Love You More by Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July, a project which ran from 2002 to 2009. The work staged a collaborative approach to art production characteristic of social practice and community engagement over the past decade, and involved more than 8,000 participants completing Fletcher and July's creative assignments, such as "Recreate this snapshot" or "Take a picture of your parents kissing."

The third season of UMMA's new media exhibitions is guest curated by Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Appropriation / Collaboration: Christian Marclay / Harrell Fletcher & Miranda July, is the last of three exhibitions presented in this series focusing on the notion of performativity in contemporary art. Most of the work on view is from SFMOMA's outstanding collection.

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



Guided Tour

Sunday, July 20, 2 pm - 3 pm

The art in this major traveling exhibition celebrates the richness and diversity of contemporary Native and First Nations art. The artists in Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 interpret and redefine such traditional media as basketry, beadwork, textiles, wood, metalwork and stone, as well as look to contemporary media such as photography, performance and installation art. Join UMMA docents for an exploration of this compelling exhibition. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

July 24



Thursday, July 24, 11 am - 5 pm
Forum

Receive a free gift and 15% off of your entire purchase at the UMMA Store on July 24 only. The UMMA Store offers a variety of unique, handcrafted products added weekly, including beautiful jewelry, porcelain wares, baskets, textiles, and children’s educational toys. Proceeds help to support UMMA operations. 

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July 27

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 27, 2 pm - 3 pm

Any photographic portrait marks an encounter between the person executing the image and the person posing for it. The sixteen photographs included in this exhibition speak to an especially charged collaboration between photographer and model in that they are all portraits of artists. UMMA Docents will share this suite of remarkable and entertaining photographs in which we witness the surreal to the seemingly straightforward, to artists becoming compelling participants in their own compositions.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, July 27, 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.

Many of today’s Native artists draw on historical tribal practices for their contemporary art making. In this Conversation, U-M PhD candidate Kristine Ronan will highlight the intersection between the historical and the contemporary in an array of objects from the touring exhibition Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3. Comparing objects from the exhibition to some of UMMA’s permanent collections, we will especially consider how relating the past to the present might serve as political commentary for a number of today’s Native artists.

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.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 3: Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition catalogue is made possible in part with the support of the Smithsonian Institution’s Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program. Lead support for UMMA's installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Native American Studies Program, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

categories: Contemporary Art, Exhibitions Related Program

July 31



Thursday, July 31, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
This event has limited space availability. Cost:  $10/person. Registration is required. See www.a2modern.org for registration details and logistics or email modernists@a2modern.org.

This walking tour is a look at several modern homes located in one area of Ann Arbor Hills.  The tour will view the exteriors of homes designed by Robert Metcalf, George Brigham, William Muschenheim, David Osler, Edward Olencki and Joseph Albano.  It will provide a historical overview of the area and will look at in particular site planning.   The tour will conclude with an interior view of Robert Metcalf’s first commission the Crane residence (1954).  Current homeowners Linda and Jim Elert will be present to answer questions about the house and its history.   The walking tour will be lead by Nancy Deromedi and Grace Shackman.

a2modern is a local organization dedicated to the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design, celebrating the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders and homeowners in Ann Arbor. UMMA is pleased to partner with a2modern to provide audiences the opportunity to experience Ann Arbor's modernist architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham on view July19 –October 12, 2014.

For more information about this and other architectural tours, please contact a2modern online at a2modern.org/ or by emailing modernists@a2modern.org

The exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham is part of the U-M 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 U-M 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