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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.

July 1

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Devo—The Complete Truth About De-Evolution
Thursday, July 1, 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

In conjunction with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival (AASF) presentation of the infamous new wave band Devo, UMMA, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and AASF cohost a screening of the classic DVD that features the group’s music videos, clips from early gigs, and a comprehensive history through photos, memorabilia, and anecdotes.

Tickets for the Devo concert ($100 VIP, $65, $60, $55, $50) at Power Center on Tuesday, July 6, are available by calling 734.764.2538 or online at

July 7

Film Screening and Talk Back

Bilal’s Stand
Wednesday, July 7, 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Showcased at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Bilal’s Stand ( is about an upright black Muslim teen who works at his family’s taxi stand in Detroit. But Bilal has dreams to attend a top university, and when his two lives collide, Bilal is forced to decide between keeping The Stand alive—and living the only life he has ever known—or taking a shot at social mobility.

Based on a true story, UM grad Sharrief’s debut feature is a freshly crafted film filled with heart and authenticity that transports audiences to a world rarely seen onscreen and heralds the arrival of its filmmaker as a new voice in American independent cinema. Sharrief will give a brief talk back after the film.

July 10


Die Roten Punkte
Saturday, July 10, 7:30 pm
CHANGE OF VENUE: Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan League, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor
$20 general admission

Die Roten Punkte (the utterly dysfunctional pairing of German siblings Otto and Astrid Rot, aka “Berlin’s Prince and Princess of Punk,”) became an instant household name in Europe after topping the charts in Germany and Poland with their 2005 hits I’m in a Band and Best Band in the World. Described as “inspired, brilliantly executed lunacy…a lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving, sonic collision between Plastic Bertrand, Kraftwerk and early Ramones,” Die Roten Punkte’s live shows are one of the most irreverent and hilarious gigs you are ever likely to see.

Tickets available by calling 734.764.2538 or online at

July 11

Guided Tour

Turning Point: Japanese Studio Ceramics in the Mid-20th Century
Sunday, July 11, 2 pm

July 15

Wrapped in Silk and Gold: A Family Legacy of 20th-Century Japanese Kimono

Lecture by Liza Dalby
The Geisha Influence on Kimono Fashion
Thursday, July 15, 5:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Justified or not, geisha loom large as cultural icons of Japan to the outside world. Yet the Western view of geisha completely misses one of their most important contributions within Japan—that of fashion arbiter. Especially through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when kimono was still the most common mode of dress found in Japan, geisha formed the vanguard of what defined fashion, setting trends that filtered down to respectable mainstream Japanese women. Liza Dalby is an anthropologist who spent a year as a geisha in Japan. She is the author of Geisha (1983), Kimono—Fashioning Culture (1993), and The Tale of Murasaki: A Novel (2000) and was a consultant to Rob Marshall’s film, Memoirs of a Geisha (2004), based on a novel by Arthur Golden.

July 17

Wrapped in Silk and Gold: A Family Legacy of 20th-Century Japanese Kimono

Tea Ceremony
Saturday, July 17, 2:30 pm

Please join us for a midsummer tea ceremony presented by tea master Sôyû Nabeta and her students. Developed and highly refined in the sixteenth century, the Japanese tea ceremony is a distinctive cultural practice that involves art appreciation, physical performance, and sensory experience. The season plays an important role in the ceremony—the selection of objects and utensils, movement and conversations, arrangement of the sweets, and even the temperature of the tea, are all carefully calculated for a particular occasion. Urasenke style is one of three tea schools originated from the great tea master, Sen Rikyû (1522–1591). The demonstration will be followed by a limited sampling of tea and Japanese sweets. Seating is limited; please plan to arrive early.

July 18

Guided Tour

Sister Corita: The Joyous Revolutionary
Sunday, July 18, 2 pm

July 21

Jazz Series

Don’t miss this exciting series curated by UM Associate Professor of Music Adam Unsworth. UMMA is pleased to offer these two summer concerts free of charge thanks to the Katherine Tuck Endowment.

Pete Siers Trio
Wednesday, July 21, 8 pm

Ann Arbor drummer Pete Siers leads a trio of clarinet, keyboards, and drums performing Gene Krupa Trio arrangements.

July 25

Guided Tour

Wrapped in Silk and Gold: A Family Legacy of 20th-Century Japanese Kimono
Sunday, July 25, 2 pm and 3 pm

July 31

Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops

What better place to develop your artmaking skills than UMMA? Advance registration is required. Please register online at

Drawing Fundamentals: Inspired by the Collection
All ages
Saturdays, July 31–August 28, 1:30–4 pm (4 weeks, no class on 8/7)
$85 members and UM students/$92 non-members

For those with some or no drawing experience, this fundamentals class focuses on drawing from observation. Subjects include Modern abstract sculpture, bronze dancers by Rodin, African art, and Thai Buddha and Indian Shiva figures. Become acquainted with these exquisite objects while developing a sense of proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition, and personal style. Please bring HB, 2B, and 2H graphite pencils; an eraser; and an 11 x 14 inch sketchbook to the first meeting. All levels welcome.