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Special thanks to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan for its support of communications and marketing strategies to promote collaborative programming at UMMA in 2009-2010.

December 1

Day With(out) Art: Donald Hall

Tuesday, December 1, 5 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

In a review of Hall's recent Selected Poems, Billy Collins wrote in the Washington Post: "Hall has long been placed in the Frostian tradition of the plainspoken rural poet... It is a kind of simplicity that succeeds in engaging the reader in the first few lines." Donald Hall has published numerous books of poetry, most recently White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946–2006 (2006), The Painted Bed (2002), and Without: Poems (1998), which was published on the third anniversary of his wife and fellow poet Jane Kenyon's death from leukemia. Other notable collections include The One Day (1988), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination; The Happy Man (1986), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Exiles and Marriages (1955), which was the American Academy of Poet's Lamont Poetry Selection for 1956. He is a former US Poet Laureate and has also received numerous awards, including two Guggenheims.

Since the first Day With(out) Art on December 1, 1989, it has grown into an international collaboration in which thousands of organizations acknowledge the devastating toll that HIV and AIDS have taken on the world wide creative and performing arts communities. As a museum devoted to fostering and presenting creative expression and to preserving cultural memory, UMMA has long been committed to participation in this worldwide event.

This program is cosponsored by UMMA and the Creative Writing Program of the UM Department of English and is part of the Zell Visiting Writers Series, 2009-2010.

December 2

Guided Tour

The Lens of Impressionism
Wednesday, December 2, 12 pm

The Wednesday Night Museums Lecture Series

Curating the Archive: Representing Scattered Collections of the Colonial Past
December 2, 2009, 7:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

This talk by Pippa Skotnes, Professor of Fine Art and Director of the Centre for Curating the Archive at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, will focus on creative curatorship and the challenges of representing the material presence of the past. It will suggest that curating the archive is an act of both the intellectual and creative revivification of the events and actions that brought it into being and will illustrate several installations and exhibitions of the curated archive of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd. Professor Skotnes was educated at the University of Cape Town, where she was awarded a Master of Fine Art degree and a Doctor of Literature degree. She studied fine art, archaeology and the book arts, and has published widely, including Miscast: Negotiating the Presence of the Bushmen (1996), Sound from the Thinking Strings (1991), and Lamb of God (2003-08), the latter comprising, in part, several volumes inscribed on the bones of horses. Skotnes is an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities in December 2009

December 3

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Marjorie Sandor and Tracy Daugherty Fiction Reading
Thursday, December 3, 5 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Marjorie Sandor is the author of two story collections—Portrait of My Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime and A Night of Music—and a memoir, The Night Gardener: A Search For Home. She has published work in the Georgia Review, Southern Review, and the New York Times Magazine, and her writing has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories. She has received a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award for Fiction, the Oregon Book Award, and the National Jewish Book Award.

Tracy Daugherty is the author of Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme, the short story collections It Takes a Worried Man and The Woman in the Oil Field, and the novels The Boy Orator, What Falls Away, and Desire Provoked. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, McSweeney's, and The Georgia Review, and he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oregon State University.

This event is cosponsored by the Department of English and the Office of the Provost of the University of Michigan.

Film & Video Student Association’s First Thursdays

Southeast Michigan Salon
Thursday, December 3, 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

This program is part of a “screening exchange” between students at other institutions and the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan and will present a selection of work from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor.

December 4

UM Student Programs

The Ark at UMMA Student Songwriter Series
Friday, December 4, 7 pm
UMMA Commons

The Ark’s new partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Art began in September. This series invites student songwriters at the University of Michigan to submit their original music demos in order to compete for a live performance showcase at UMMA and a chance to perform at The Ark. For more information contact Emily Ross at

December 5

Guided Tours

The New UMMA
Saturday, December 5, 1 pm

The Lens of Impressionism
Sunday, December 5, 2 pm

UMMA Projects: Concert

Sounds of Architecture
Saturday, December 5, 8 pm

A program of compositions inspired by architecture and sculpture, featuring new works by SMTD faculty composer Kristin Kuster. Performances by Michigan Chamber Players, Contemporary Directions Ensemble, and SMTD students, with guest artists Matthew Ardizzone, guitar, and Andrew Kuster, conductor.

Pre-concert talk at 7 pm in UMMA’s Helmut Stern Auditorium.

This program is made possible in part by UMMA’s New Visions Venture Fund.

The Lens of Impressionism Program

Drop-in Family Workshops
Seascapes: Exploring the Horizon

Saturday, December 5, 1:30-4:30 pm

Come and create your very own seascape painting inspired by paintings and photography from UMMA’s very special exhibition The Lens of Impressionism: Photography and Painting Along the Normandy Coast, 1850-1874. You’ll explore a variety of painting techniques to create the sea and sky and discover how the horizon line can create perspective to give your seascape the illusion of depth.

Presented with support from the University of Michigan Credit Union.

December 6

Guided Tours

The New UMMA
Sunday, December 6, 1 pm

The Lens of Impressionism
Sunday, December 6, 2 pm

December 8

Tuesday Night Lecture Series

Translating Knowledge: Global Perspectives on Museums and Community Howard Morphy
Australian National University
December 8, 7 pm: Lecture, Helmut Stern Auditorium
December 9, 4 pm: Workshop, Multipurpose Room

December 9

Guided Tour

The Lens of Impressionism
Wednesday, December 9, 2 pm

Tuesday Night Lecture Series (workshop)

Translating Knowledge: Global Perspectives on Museums and Community Howard Morphy
Australian National University
December 9, 4 pm: Workshop, Multipurpose Room

December 10

UM Screen Arts and Cultures Projectorhead Series

The Beaches of Agnes by Agnes Varda (2008, 100 minutes)
Thursday, December 10, 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

A magnificent new film from Agnes Varda, director of Cleo from 5 to 7 and The Gleaners and I, The Beaches of Agnes is a richly cinematic self-portrait, a reflection of art, life, and the movies.

December 11

Artist Talk
Heather Rowe

December 11, 5:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

New York-based sculptor Heather Rowe will discuss her ongoing exploration into themes of architectural fragmentation, structural dysfunction, and material inversion. Rowe's latest work, a site-specific installation in UMMA's Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Project Gallery, is on view through January 3.

December 12

Guided Tours

The New UMMA
Saturday, December 12, 1 pm

The Image Wrought
Saturday, December 12, 2 pm


December 13

Guided Tours

The New UMMA
Sunday, December 13, 1 pm

The Lens of Impressionism
Sunday, December 13, 2 pm

American Romanian Festival

UMMA is pleased to be cosponsoring events for the Third Annual American Romanian Festival. For more details about the events and the festival, please visit

Cosponsored by the American Romanian Festival, the UM Center for Russian and East European Studies, and UMMA.

Sunday, December 13

3 PM: Children of the Decree by Florin Iepan (2004, 50 min)
A fascinating documentary, taking a trip through 25 years of Ceausescu's rule in Romania, during which he tried to increase his country's population by banning all contraceptives and outlawing abortion.

4:10 PM: Architecture and Power by Nicolae Margineanu (1994, 52 min)
Political power always betrays its intentions through architecture. This is a history of Bucharest seen through the eyes of totalitarian architecture.

December 18

Grad Night

Friday December 18, 6-7:30pm

Art Night for Graduate Students is a long tradition between UMMA and the UM Rackham Graduate School. Students and their spouses/partners are invited to join fellow graduate students for a special evening to explore the galleries and enjoy refreshments, all set to lively music.

December 19

Guided Tours

The New UMMA
Sunday, December 19, 1 pm

The Lens of Impressionism
Sunday, December 19, 2 pm

December 20

Guided Tours

The New UMMA
Sunday, December 20, 1 pm

The Lens of Impressionism
Sunday, December 20, 2 pm

December 27

Guided Tours

The New UMMA
Sunday, December 27, 1 pm

The Lens of Impressionism
Sunday, December 27, 2 pm