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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.



LS&A Museum Theme Year

The Wednesday Night Museums Lecture Series continues at UMMA featuring museum professionals from across the country and as wide ranging as Anthony Shelton, Director of the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology, to UM’s own Bruce Conforth, first curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to a round table discussion on the History of UM as told through its Museums. All programs are held at 7:30 pm in the Helmut Stern Auditorium. As part of the Museum Theme Year, UM Department of Screen Arts and Culture’s Projectorhead film series held at UMMA focuses on museums. Films will be screened every Thursday evening at 7 pm in the Helmut Stern Auditorium.

Please see the Museum Theme Year website at www.lsa.umich.edu/museumstheme for details about these events and the many other engaging activities lined up for the winter term.


January 2

Guided Tour

The Lens of Impressionism
Saturday, January 2, 2 pm


January 3

Guided Tour

The New UMMA
Sunday, January 3, 1 pm



The Lens of Impressionism: Photography and Painting Along the Normandy Coast, 1850–1874 programs

Curator Talk
Sunday, January 3, 2 pm
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I

Join exhibition curator Carole McNamara on this final day of the exhibition as she shares the paintings of Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Claude Monet as well as pioneering photographers such as Gustave Le Gray and Henri Le Secq.


January 9

Guided Tour

The Image Wrought
Saturday, January 9, 2 pm


January 10

Guided Tour

The New UMMA
Sunday, January 10, 1 pm

The Eye of the Beholder
Sunday, January 10, 2 pm


January 11

Zell Visiting Writers Series

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing 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.

Carol Ann Duffy in Residence
Poet Laureate of Great Britain
Poetry Reading : Monday, January 11, 5:15 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium (public reception to follow)

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, England, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse, the Whitbread and Forward Prizes, and the Lannan and EM Forster Prize in the US. In 2005, she won the TS Eliot Prize for Rapture. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Great Britain in 2009. (see also January 14)


January 12

Tuesday Night Lecture Series

Translating Knowledge; Global Perspectives on Museums and Community

Translating Knowledge considers strategies for engaging the peoples whose lives and histories are presented in the museum in the complicated processes of interpreting culture. This yearlong lecture series organized by the UM Museum Studies Program brings 10 scholars to the University of Michigan from around the world. These scholars’ work offers new paradigms for confronting the social and political challenges of representation in the museum. Each participant will present a lecture that examines the theory and a workshop that explores the practice of their community-engaged scholarship.

All Tuesday night lectures are in the at 7 pm and all Wednesday afternoon workshops are in the Multipurpose Room at 4 pm.

Raymond Silverman
University of Michigan
Lecture: Tuesday, January 12, 7 pm, Helmut Stern Auditorium
Workshop: Wednesday, January 13, 4 pm, Multipurpose Room


January 13

Tuesday Night Lecture Series (workshop)

Raymond Silverman
University of Michigan
Lecture: Tuesday, January 12, 7 pm, Helmut Stern Auditorium
Workshop: Wednesday, January 13, 4 pm, Multipurpose Room


January 14

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops

Advanced registration is required. Please register online at www.annarborartcenter.org

Seeing Beyond the Snapshot
Thursday, January 14, 6–8:30pm
$23 members and UM Students
$25 non-members

Explore the power of photography. This discussion-oriented workshop provides a basic understanding of the ways to analyze, comprehend, and find alternatives in photo critique. First, the instructor will lead a discussion in the galleries of photo and other 2D images in the UMMA collection examining the key design elements that define a successful photograph. In the second part of the class, participants will return to the classroom to engage in a creative critique and discussion of their own images to help identify and realize their own unique artistic vision. Please bring 3–5 of your own images.



UM Department of Screen Arts and Culture’s Projectorhead film series

Thursday, January 14, 7 pm

As part of the Museum Theme Year, UM Department of Screen Arts and Culture’s Projectorhead film series held at UMMA focuses on museums. Films will be screened every Thursday evening at 7 pm in the Helmut Stern Auditorium.

Please see the Museum Theme Year website at www.lsa.umich.edu/museumstheme for details about these events and the many other engaging activities lined up for the winter term.



Film Screenings

RIP! A Remix Manifesto (Brett Gaylor, 2009, 86 min.)
Thursday, January 14, 7 pm
Helmet Stern Auditorium, UMMA
Free

Explores the complexities of intellectual property in the era of peer-to-peer file sharing. Interviews key figures in the debate, including Gregg Gillis, the Pittsburgh biomedical engineer who moonlights as Girl Talk, a mash-up artist rearranging the pop chart's DNA with his incongruous, entirely sample-based songs. A mash-up in itself, this shatters the wall between users and producers, and challenges the thresholds of 'fair use.'



Zell Visiting Writers Series

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing 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.

Carol Ann Duffy in Residence
Poet Laureate of Great Britain
Lecture: Thursday, January 14, 5:15 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, England, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse, the Whitbread and Forward Prizes, and the Lannan and EM Forster Prize in the US. In 2005, she won the TS Eliot Prize for Rapture. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Great Britain in 2009.


January 16

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops

Advanced registration is required. Please register online at www.annarborartcenter.org

Drawing Fundamentals: Inspired by the Collections
Saturdays, January 16–February 20
(6 weeks), 1:30–4 pm
$125 members and UM Students
$139 non-members $10 model fee

For those with some or no drawing experience, this basic on-site class will focus on drawing from observation. Subjects include Modern abstract sculpture (Giacometti, Moore, Calder), bronze dancers by Rodin, African artifacts (nailed ritual objects, beaded hats, fertility figures), Thai Buddha and Indian Shiva figures, as well as Chinese snuff bottles and Korean pottery. Become acquainted with these exquisite objects while developing a sense of proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition and personal style. The last two classes will be spent working from a nude model in the Multipurpose Room. To the first class, please bring the following: HB, 2B, and 2H graphite pencils, an eraser and an 11 x 14 inch sketchbook. All levels welcome.



Guided Tours

The Eye of the Beholder
Saturday, January 16, 2 pm



UMMA Projects: Cory Arcangel programs

Concert
Cory Arcangel and the Digital Music Ensemble: Master Class in Reverse
Saturday, January 16, 8 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Come experience this collaborative, improvisational performance between Brooklyn-based artist and musician Cory Arcangel and the University of Michigan Digital Music Ensemble. Marking the opening of Arcangel’s solo exhibition at UMMA, this program will involve Arcangel and the audience experiencing and experimenting with a number of interactive, sound-producing objects created and displayed by the Digital Music Ensemble. The performance will be completely unscripted and the “instruments” will remain a mystery to Arcangel and the public at large until the show begins.

Cory Arcangel, who studied classical guitar and electronic composition under Pauline Oliveros at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, has emerged as a leading figure in a new generation of artists engaged with the forms and processes of digital and media culture.

Directed by Professor Stephen Rush, the Digital Music Ensemble is an experimental music and technology ensemble composed of students from the School of Music, Theater, and Dance, and the College of Engineering.

This program is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Office of the President and UMMA’s New Visions Venture Fund, including the Susan and Richard Gutow Fund.


January 17

Guided Tours

The New UMMA
Sunday, January 17, 1 pm

The Image Wrought
Sunday, January 17, 2 pm



Artist Talk

Cory Arcangel
Sunday, January 17, 2 pm
Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Project Gallery

Join New York-based artist Cory Arcangel and UMMA curator Jacob Proctor for a tour and informal discussion of the exhibition, which highlights the artist’s latest work in photography, video, and sculpture.

This program is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Office of the President and UMMA’s New Visions Venture Fund, including the Susan and Richard Gutow Fund.


January 20

Jazz Series

Admission is $5 at the door
Wednesday, January 20, 9 pm
Commons

Come hear jazz every month at UMMA! Experience outstanding local artists in an intimate group setting. Adam Unsworth, French horn, Cary Kocher, vibraphone, and Andrew Kratzat, bass, will be featured on January 20, playing original tunes and jazz standards.


January 21

Film Screenings

MLK Symposium Film Screening of The Water Front
featuring a discussion with associate producer Curtis D. Smith
Thursday, January 21, 5 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium
reception following, UMMA Forum

What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it? The Water Front is the story of an American city—Highland Park, Michigan—in crisis, but it is not just about water. The story touches on the very essence of our democratic system and is an unnerving indication of what is in store for residents around the world facing their own water struggles. The film raises questions such as: Who determines the future of shared public resources? What are alternatives to water privatization? How will we maintain our public water systems and who can we hold accountable? Join us for a discussion of this award-winning film with associate producer Curtis D. Smith, and a reception immediately following in the Forum.

Sponsored by the MLK Planning Committee and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.



Lectures

Asylum, Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals
Thursday, January 21, 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

The University of Michigan Visual Culture Workshop presents a lecture by Christopher Payne, a photographer from New York City who specializes in the documentation of America’s vanishing architecture and industrial landscape. A trained architect who has documented structural forms for the National Park Service and produced drawings for scholarly excavations of Greco-Roman sites, Payne will be presenting work from his much-anticipated new book, Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals (MIT Press, 2009), which is the result of a six-year exploration of America’s numerous, vast and largely abandoned state mental institutions. Join us for a guided photographic tour of these spaces, and a discussion of the social, medical, architectural, aesthetic, and historiographic issues raised by the images.

This event, cosponsored by the UM Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Department of English Language and Literature, the Department of History of Art, the Center for the History of Medicine, the Victor Vaughan Society, the Institute for the Humanities, the Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops, and UMMA.



Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops

Advanced registration is required. Please register online at www.annarborartcenter.org

Beginning Painting
Thursdays, January 21–February 25
(6 weeks), 6–8:30 pm
$125 members and UM Students/$139 non-members

Learn basic painting skills while experimenting with various acrylic painting techniques in a supportive and spectacularly inspiring environment. You will become comfortable with the fundamentals of color, color mixing, composition, and brush handling. Bring personal photos, sketches and ideas to realize in a finished painting or come and get inspired by UMMA’s outstanding collection. All levels welcome.



UM Student Programs

Third Thursdays
Thursday, January 21, 9 pm
Commons

UMMA is a regular site for UM students to show what they’ve got. This exciting performance series falls on the third Thursday evening of each month and features different student performers who work in a variety of media. The series is curated and produced by the UMMA Student Programming and Advisory Board.


January 22

Arts of Citizenship Breakfast: Lincoln in American Culture's Collective Memory

Friday, January 22 9-10:30 am
Commons

In conjunction with the UMS presentation of Bill T. Jones' "Fondly do we hope... Fervently do we pray," a dance meditation on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, Arts of Citizenship and UMS will sponsor a participatory discussion on the role of the arts, culture, and politics in the shaping of public memory of President Lincoln, the civil war and the end of slavery, featuring faculty members from the UM Center for African and African American Studies, the Program in American Culture, the History department, and the Dance department.  Participating faculty will include Kristin Hass, Assistant Professor of American Culture and author of "Carried to the Wall: American Memory and The Vietnam Veterans Memorial" (1998), Martha Jones, Associate Professor of History and African-American Studies and author of "All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900 (2007)", and Robin Wilson, Associate Professor of Dance, choreographer, and dance his torian.

A collaboration with the Ginsburg Center, Arts of Citizenship, UMS, and UMMA.



UM Student Programs

Mark Webster Reading Series
January 22, 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

One poet and one fiction writer from the MFA program, each introduced by a peer, will read a selection of their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in an intimate and inviting setting. We encourage you to bring your friends. For more information: https://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/webster.asp


January 23

Tradition Transformed: Chang Ku-nien, Master Painter of the 20th Century programs

Curator Talk
Saturday, January 23, 2 pm
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I

Brush Painting Demonstration
Saturday, January 23, 3 pm
Forum

Guest curator Wen-chien Chang will introduce the expressive work of Chang Ku-nien (1906–1987), a versatile and proficient artist from the ancient tradition of Chinese painting. Myong Raymond, who was a student of Chang Ku-nien, will give a demonstration of brush painting.

These programs are made possible in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and Center for Chinese Studies, and the Blakemore Foundation.


January 24

Guided Tours

The New UMMA
Sunday, January 24, 1 pm

The Eye of the Beholder
Sunday, January 24, 2 pm



Film Screenings

Dekalog po Dekalogu / The Decalogue... After the Decalogue
Sunday, January 24, 6 pm
Parts I–III (2008, 82 min)
Helmut Stern Auditorium

The Decalogue... After the Decalogue is a cycle of documentaries (in Polish with English subtitles) based on Beata Januchta’s concept of an elevator trip through reality. This project is an explicit reference to Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue, which premiered 20 years ago and inspired the series. A new generation of directors developed these films about ordinary people—at times disoriented, overwhelmed, and in search of their identity. Each part is an original interpretation of one of the Ten Commandments posing a question, a statement, or a puzzle. Presented in partnership with the Copernicus Endowment and the Center for Russian and East European Studies.


January 25

Zell Visiting Writers Series

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing 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.

Joshua Ferris
Monday, January 25, 5:15 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Joshua Ferris’s first novel, Then We Came to the End, has sold in 20 countries and was shortlisted for the National Book Award. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Tin House, New Stories from the South, Best New American Voices, The Guardian, The Iowa Review, and Prairie Schooner. He attended the University of Iowa and the University of California, Irvine. His second novel, The Unnamed, will be released in January 2010.


January 26

Tuesday Night Lecture Series

Translating Knowledge; Global Perspectives on Museums and Community

Translating Knowledge considers strategies for engaging the peoples whose lives and histories are presented in the museum in the complicated processes of interpreting culture. This yearlong lecture series organized by the UM Museum Studies Program brings 10 scholars to the University of Michigan from around the world. These scholars’ work offers new paradigms for confronting the social and political challenges of representation in the museum. Each participant will present a lecture that examines the theory and a workshop that explores the practice of their community-engaged scholarship.

Paul Tapsell
University of Otago
Lecture: Tuesday, January 26, 7 pm, Helmut Stern Auditorium
Workshop: Wednesday, January 27, 4 pm, Multipurpose Room


January 27

Tuesday Night Lecture Series (workshop)

Paul Tapsell
University of Otago
Lecture: Tuesday, January 26, 7 pm, Helmut Stern Auditorium
Workshop: Wednesday, January 27, 4 pm, Multipurpose Room


January 28

Zell Visiting Writers Series

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing 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.

Cole Swensen
Thursday, January 28, 5:15 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Cole Swensen is the author of twelve books of poetry; the most recent is Ours (U. of California, 2008), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Other volumes have won the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, Sun & Moon’s New American Writing Award, and the National Poetry Series. She is also the coeditor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and a translator of French poetry, prose, and art criticism. Her translation of Jean Fremon’s Island of the Dead won the 2004 PEN Award in Literary Translation, and she has received grants from the Association Beaumarchais and the French Centre du Livre. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, Swensen teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


January 29

UM Student Programs

Mark Webster Reading Series
January 29, 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

One poet and one fiction writer from the MFA program, each introduced by a peer, will read a selection of their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in an intimate and inviting setting. We encourage you to bring your friends. For more information: https://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/webster.asp


January 30

History of Art Symposium

Contemporary Strategies in Documentary Photography
Part I: Alec Soth
Saturday, January 30, 1:30–4 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

This two-part symposium (Part II is February 6) explores new practices in documentary photography through the work of some of its most important contemporary practitioners. Each talk will be followed by a panel discussion.

Alec Soth rose to international prominence with the publication of his first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004). This project revealed Soth to be a new and important voice in the tradition of lyrical documentary developed by Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and others. His more recent projects, including NIAGARA, Fashion Magazine, Dog Days, Bogotá, and The Last Days of W, have cemented his reputation as one of the United States’ most important contemporary photographers.



An Economy of Means: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection programs

Gallery Talk
Saturday, January 30, 2 pm
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery II

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection is notable both for the character of the objects and for the individuals who created it. Setting their collecting priorities above those of personal comfort, the couple used Dorothy’s salary (she was a reference librarian) to cover the expenses of daily life and devoted Herbert’s salary (he was a US Postal Service employee) to the acquisition of contemporary art. Join Christina Chang, UM doctoral candidate in the history of art, as she introduces the Minimalist, Conceptual, and Post-Minimalist art in this fascinating collection.



The Eye of the Beholder: European Drawings and Prints from the Pulgram-McSparran Collection programs

Concert
Voices of the Holocaust
Saturday, January 30, 8 pm
Apse

School of Music, Theatre & Dance performance faculty Caroline Helton performs selections by composers exiled or lost in the Holocaust, with guest artist Kathryn Goodson on piano. Also on the program: SMTD faculty composer Paul Schoenfeld’s new chamber work Ghetto Songs, performed by Helton with SMTD professors bass-baritone Stephen West, Chad Burrow, clarinet, Andrew Jennings, violin, and Diana Gannett, bass.


January 31

Guided Tours

The New UMMA
Sunday, January 31, 1 pm

Tradition Transformed
Sunday, January 31, 2 pm



An Economy of Means: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection programs

Film Screening
Herb and Dorothy
Sunday, January 31, 3 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Herb and Dorothy tells the extraordinary story of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, who managed to build an extremely important contemporary art collections with very modest means. They collected artworks guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Most of those they supported and befriended in this process went on to become world-renowned artists including Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, and Chuck Close.



Film Screenings

Dekalog po Dekalogu / The Decalogue... After the Decalogue
Sunday, January 31, 6 pm
Parts IV–VI (2008, 81 min)
Helmut Stern Auditorium

The Decalogue... After the Decalogue is a cycle of documentaries (in Polish with English subtitles) based on Beata Januchta’s concept of an elevator trip through reality. This project is an explicit reference to Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue, which premiered 20 years ago and inspired the series. A new generation of directors developed these films about ordinary people—at times disoriented, overwhelmed, and in search of their identity. Each part is an original interpretation of one of the Ten Commandments posing a question, a statement, or a puzzle. Presented in partnership with the Copernicus Endowment and the Center for Russian and East European Studies.