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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.


October 1

UM Student Program

The Ark at UMMA
Friday, October 1, 8 pm

The Ark at UMMA invites student songwriters from University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College 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. Three student showcases during October and November will be followed by a finale in December, at which the winner will be announced. Join our email list to find out who will be performing! Send your email address to Emily@theark.org. Visit www.theark.org for more detailed information.


October 2

Artmaking: Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops

Exploring the Masters Workshop
Saturdays, October 2, 9, and 16, 10 am–1 pm
$27 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$30 non-members; $10 lab fee for each workshop
Advance registration is required. Please register online at annarborartcenter.org

Join instructor and UMMA docent Susan Clinthorne for a series of fun and informative hands-on workshops that focus on the techniques from different art movements represented in the Museum’s collection. Learn about important artists and movements while getting your hands dirty and exploring different pastel and/or acrylic painting techniques. Take one workshop or all three; all levels welcome.

October 2: Create a landscape pastel that captures the fresh colors and spontaneity of the Impressionists.

October 9: Explore the possibilities of personal expression through creating a study inspired by the German and American expressionist movements and artists such as Jackson Pollock and Max Beckman.

October 16: Delve into Minimalism and learn how artists in this movement focused on stripping objects down to their elemental and geometric forms.



Artmaking: Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops

Family Workshop: Marvelous Mobiles
Saturday, October 2, 1:30-3:30 pm
$16 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students /$18 non-members; $5 lab fee
Advance registration is required. Please register online at annarborartcenter.org

Learn about one of the 20th-century’s most influential artists, Alexander Calder, in this fun hands-on family workshop. You and your child will create your own movable 3D sculptures inspired by the everyday materials that Calder used to make extraordinary art. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All materials included.



Guided Tour

The Collector’s Eye
Saturday, October 2, 1 pm

This is one of two new tours that looks at UMMA collections through the lens of a particular theme. "The Collector's Eye" considers donors and collectors who have shaped UMMA holdings. Both new tours are offered in conjunction with the UM theme semester "What Makes Life Worth Living?"



Guided Tour

On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James McNeill Whistler
Saturday, October 2, 2 pm
October 3

Exhibition Related Program: On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James McNeill Whistler

Lecture: Whistler’s Seriousness
Sunday, October 3, 3 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

James McNeill Whistler has enjoyed the reputation of a brilliant artist and wit whose humor could turn from amusement to rapier-sharp criticism, a trait perfectly embodied in the image of his butterfly monogram armed with a barbed tail. Despite his public persona as a dandy, Whistler was deadly earnest about his art and often cloaked his most deeply felt beliefs in humor. This talk by Senior Curator of Western Art Carole McNamara will explore Whistler’s seriousness in his graphic work.



Guided Tour

Political and Social Expressions in Art
Sunday, October 3, 1 pm

This is one of two new tours that looks at UMMA collections through the lens of a particular theme. "Political and Social Expressions in Art" considers art displaying political and social issues. Both new tours are offered in conjunction with the UM theme semester "What Makes Life Worth Living."



Guided Tour

On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James McNeill Whistler
Sunday, October 3, 2 pm


October 5

Film

LSA Theme Semester: What Makes Life Worth Living?
The Big Chill (1983)
Tuesday, October 5, 7:30 pm

In this classic, UM alums and friends gather at one of the couple’s homes in South Carolina for a funeral of another friend and examine their lives, choices, and relationships. During the weekend they watch the UM/MSU football game on TV, which makes The Big Chill a perfect warm-up for the UM/MSU game on October 9 in the Big House. Directed by LSA alum Lawrence Kasdan and featuring a great soundtrack.

This event is part of the LSA Theme Semester “What Makes Life Worth Living?” For more details, please visit the website at http://wmlwl.com/


October 6

Workshop

Teacher Workshop on Southeast Asian Art and Culture
Wednesday, October 6, 4 pm
Galleries and Multipurpose Room

UMMA and the UM Center for Southeast Asian Studies will cosponsor an exciting workshop for educators highlighting traditional and contemporary art from Thailand and Cambodia. Teachers will have a private tour of this material with renowned scholar and UM alumni, Forrest McGill. They will also be introduced to UMMA’s celestial Apsara made of decommissioned weapons. As always, the event begins with a light meal and all participants receive teaching materials to take back to the classroom. Registration required. Email Pam Reister at preister@umich.edu or Jann Wesolek at jannwes@umich.edu for more information.



Panel Discussion

American Dance Legacies: Paul Taylor Across the Decades
Wednesday, October 6, 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

In anticipation of the UMS presentation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company October 7 – 9, Angela Kane, Chair of UM Dance Department, will lead a panel discussion with members of the company on Paul Taylor’s body of work, his impact on modern dance, and constructions of American identity in his repertoire. For more information, please visit the UMS website at http://www.ums.org.

This program is cosponsored by UMS, the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and the Museum of Art.



Jazz Series

Alberto Rojo Trio
Wednesday, October 6, 8 pm
Commons

The Alberto Rojo Trio focuses on both traditional Argentinean folk songs and styles and new compositions and arrangements. These include styles such as the tango and chacarera as well as jazz standards that have been arranged by the trio with a South American flare. The trio consists of Alberto Rojo on guitar and vocals, Michael Gould, percussion, and Andrew Kratzat on bass.

This monthly series, curated by UM Associate Professor Adam Unsworth, presents outstanding local artists in an intimate setting. These free events are made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Endowment.


October 7

Writers Series

Kazim Ali
Thursday, October 7, 5:10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Kazim Ali is the author of two books of poetry, The Far Mosque, and The Fortieth Day. He is also the author of the novel Quinn’s Passage, named one of “The Best Books of 2005” by Chronogram magazine, The Disappearance of Seth, and Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities. His work has been featured in many national journals such as Best American Poetry 2007, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Barrow Street, jubilat and Massachusetts Review. He teaches at Oberlin College and at the Stonecoast MFA program, and is a founding editor of Nightboat Books. Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Press.

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.


October 9

Artmaking: Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops

Drawing I and II: Inspired by the Collection
Saturdays, October 9–Nov 13, 1:30–4 pm
$129 UMMA and AAAC members and UM Students / $143 non-members; $10 model fee
Advance registration is required. Please register online at annarborartcenter.org

This class focuses on drawing from observation. Become acquainted with exquisite objects from the UMMA collections—abstract sculpture (Giocometti, Moore, Calder), bronze dancers by Rodin, African artifacts (nailed ritual objects, beaded hats, fertility figures), Thai Buddha and Indian Shiva figures, and Korean pottery—while developing a sense of proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition, and personal style. Approaches introduced will include working on watercolored surface with white conte pencil and graphite pencil, applying collage, or writing on drawings. To the first class, please bring: HB, 2B, and 2H graphite pencils; an eraser; and an 11 x 14 inch sketchbook. All levels welcome.



Guided Tour

Political and Social Expressions in Art
Saturday, October 9, 1 pm

This is one of two new tours that looks at UMMA collections through the lens of a particular theme. "Political and Social Expressions in Art" considers art displaying political and social issues. Both new tours are offered in conjunction with the UM theme semester "What Makes Life Worth Living?"



Guided Tour

On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James McNeill Whistler
Saturday, October 9, 2 pm


October 10

Guided Tour

The Collector’s Eye
Sunday, October 10, 1 pm

This is one of two new tours that looks at UMMA collections through the lens of a particular theme. "The Collector's Eye" considers donors and collectors who have shaped UMMA holdings. Both new tours are offered in conjunction with the UM theme semester "What Makes Life Worth Living?"



Guided Tour

Out of the Ordinary: Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art and Fusfeld Folk Art Collections
Sunday, October 10, 2 pm


October 11

Writers Series

Adonis
Monday, October 11, 5:10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Considered one of the Arab world's greatest living poets, Adonis is the author of numerous collections, including Mihyar of Damascus; A Time Between Ashes and Roses; If Only the Sea Could Sleep; The Pages of Day and Night; Transformations of the Lover; The Book of the Five Poems; The Blood of Adonis, winner of the Syria-Lebanon Award of the International Poetry Forum; Songs of Mihyar the Damascene; Leaves in the Wind, and First Poems. He is also an essayist, an editor of anthologies, a theoretician of poetics, and the translator of several works from French into Arabic. Adonis's awards and honors include the first ever International Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Award, the Syria-Lebanon Best Poet Award, and the Highest Award of the International Poem Biennial in Brussels. He has taught at the Lebanese University as a professor of Arabic literature, at Damascus University, and at the Sorbonne. He has been a Lebanese citizen since 1961 and currently lives in Paris.

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.


October 16

Guided Tour

The Collector’s Eye
Saturday, October 16, 1 pm

This is one of two new tours that looks at UMMA collections through the lens of a particular theme. "The Collector's Eye" considers donors and collectors who have shaped UMMA holdings. Both new tours are offered in conjunction with the UM theme semester "What Makes Life Worth Living?"



Guided Tour

On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James McNeill Whistler Saturday, October 16, 2 pm

Exhibition Related Event: On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James McNeill Whistler

Concert
Jazz Age Paris
Saturday, October 16, 8 pm
Apse

Just as the current Whistler exhibition highlights the influence of Europe on this American visual artist, Jazz Age Paris is one of two concerts presented in collaboration with the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, that explores different themes of expatriation in music.

Jazz was welcomed and adopted by Paris as early as the 1920s, affording African American musicians the serious critical acclaim absent in the United States. Local early Jazz specialists Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings, with Professor Emeritus James Dapogny, present the music as it was heard and performed in Paris, and jazz faculty and students perform music from post-war Paris, led by Professor Andrew Bishop.


October 17

Guided Tour

Political and Social Expressions in Art
Sunday, October 17, 1 pm

This is one of two new tours that looks at UMMA collections through the lens of a particular theme. "Political and Social Expressions in Art" considers art displaying political and social issues. Both new tours are offered in conjunction with the UM theme semester "What Makes Life Worth Living?"



Guided Tour

On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James McNeill Whistler
Sunday, October 17, 2 pm


October 20

Exhibition Related Event: UMMA Projects: Jakob Kolding

Project Gallery Artist Talk and Reception
Wednesday October 20, 5:10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Berlin-based artist Jakob Kolding will speak about his work, which explores the relationship between social behavior and architectural space in the contemporary built environment, particularly the discrepancies that often emerge between the intended and actual use of different types of urban spaces. Meet the artist in the Irving Stenn, Jr, Project Gallery after the talk.

FIlm:

Butoh Film Event
Wednesday October 20, 8 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

In conjunction with the University Musical Society (UMS) presentation of Sankai Juku (October 23 and 24), UMS, the Center for Japanese Studies, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art present this Butoh film event. The documentary Dance of Darkness (Edin Velez, 57 min, 1989) explores Butoh, a dance movement developed in the 1960s by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. Characterized by its radical and often shocking visual displays of raw bodily movements and sexual depictions, Butoh is at the same time an art form that is still deeply connected to traditional Japanese culture. Shot in 8mm with no dialogue, Sacrifice (Gisei) (15 min, 1959) is a collaboration between Donald Richie, the foremost authority on Japanese film, and Tatsumi Hijikata, the cofounder of Butoh. The film illustrates a shocking display of society's attack on an individual. **Note: This film contains subject matter that is inappropriate for those under 18.


October 21

Writers Series

Daniel Alarcón
Thursday, October 21, 5:10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Daniel Alarcón is the author of two story collections, and the novel Lost City Radio, winner of the 2009 International Literature Prize given by the House of World Cultures in Berlin. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Granta, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. He is Associate Editor of Etiqueta Negra, an award-winning magazine published in his native Lima, Peru, and a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies.

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.

Film

The Heretics
Thursday, October 21, 7:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

The Heretics reveals the inside story of Heresies, a feminist art collective that was at the epicenter of the 1970s art world in lower Manhattan. Director Joan Braderman, who joined the group in 1971 after moving to New York to become a filmmaker, charts the collective’s story for the first time in a feature-length film, revealing its pivotal role in the "second wave" of the women’s movement. Unlike more traditional documentaries, the film is framed with striking digital motion graphics. Braderman combines intimate interviews with former collective members, archival footage from the 1970s, and documents of the collective to put the Heresies in the context of the larger second-wave movement, which was made up of thousands who met in small, private group settings to discuss issues and launch programs and actions relevant to women. The hundreds of Heresies members, now scattered around the globe and working as artists, writers, architects, painters, filmmakers, designers, editors, curators, and teachers, speak intimately about the extraordinary times they shared as they challenged the terms of gender and power and reimagined the lives of generations to come.

The screening is part of the IRWG conference "Sexism in the Media: Why it Persists, How Women Talk Back" and is cosponsored by the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Center for the Education of Women and the Howard R. Marsh Center for the Study of Journalistic Performance in the Department of Communication Studies.

UM Student Program

Third Thursdays
Thursday October 21, 8 pm
Commons

This exciting performance series falls on the third Thursday of each month and features different student performers who work in a variety of media including music, comedy, dance, and spoken word. A great way to spend an evening with your friends and to experience the exceptional talent of UM students in an intimate setting. This series is curated and produced by UMMA’s Student Programming and Advisory Board. Students interested in performing may view application details at www.umma.umich.edu/for-students/


October 22


UM Student Program

The Ark at UMMA
October 22, 8 pm

The Ark at UMMA invites student songwriters from University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College 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. Three student showcases during October and November will be followed by a finale in December, at which the winner will be announced. Join our email list to find out who will be performing! Send your email address to Emily@theark.org. Visit www.theark.org for more detailed information.


October 23

Guided Tour

Political and Social Expressions in Art
Saturday, October 23, 1 pm

This is one of two new tours that looks at UMMA collections through the lens of a particular theme. "Political and Social Expressions in Art" considers art displaying political and social issues. Both new tours are offered in conjunction with the UM theme semester "What Makes Life Worth Living?"



Guided Tour

Out of the Ordinary: Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art and Fusfeld Folk Art Collections
Saturday, October 23, 2 pm


October 24

Guided Tour

The Collector’s Eye
Sunday, October 24, 1 pm

This is one of two new tours that looks at UMMA collections through the lens of a particular theme. "The Collector's Eye" considers donors and collectors who have shaped UMMA holdings. Both new tours are offered in conjunction with the UM theme semester "What Makes Life Worth Living?"



Guided Tour

On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James McNeill Whistler
Sunday, October 24, 2 pm



Film

The Radiant Sun
Sunday, October 24, 2 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

The Radiant Sun, directed by Michigan filmmaker Terri Sarris and co-produced by Sarris and University of Maryland Associate Professor of Architecture Ronit Eisenbach, chronicles the life and work of designer Ruth Adler Schnee and the challenges she faced as a female architectural designer in the second half of the twentieth century. Now in her 80s and living in Michigan, where she designs woven textiles for Anzea, Schnee, and her husband, Edward Schnee, were important figures in bringing the mid-century modernist movement to Michigan. A discussion with Ruth Adler Schnee and the film’s producers will follow the screening. A selection of Ms. Schnee’s textiles will be on view in UMMA’s display cases adjacent to the Helmut Stern Auditorium.

Support for the film was provided by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, the UM Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.


October 25

Writers Series

Yusef Komunyakaa
Zell Distinguished Writer in Residence
Reading
Monday, October 25, 5:10 pm
Apse; public reception to follow in the Forum

Yusef Komunyakaa’s numerous books of poems include Talking Dirty to the Gods; Thieves of Paradise, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Magic City; Dien Cai Dau, which won The Dark Room Poetry Prize; I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head, winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Award; and Copacetic. He also co-edited The Jazz Poetry Anthology and co-translated The Insomnia of Fire by Nguyen Quang Thieu. His honors include the William Faulkner Prize from the Université de Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, where he served as a correspondent and managing editor of the Southern Cross. In 1999, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Yusef Komunyakaa is the Senior Distinguished Poet in the Graduate Writing Program at NYU.

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.


October 26

Exhibition Related Event: On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James McNeill Whistler

Concert
UM Percussion Ensemble: Expatriations
Tuesday, October 26, 8 pm
Apse

Just as the Whistler exhibition highlights the influence of Europe on this American visual artist, the UM Percussion Ensemble, directed by Professor Joseph Gramley, presents works influenced by the adopted countries of several international composers, including a new commission from Kojiro Umezaki, raised in Japan but making his career in the United States, and two works by Argentine-born composers who now live and work abroad: Alejandro Vinao and Osvaldo Golijov.


October 28

Writers Series

Yusef Komunyakaa
Zell Distinguished Writer in Residence
Lecture
Thursday, October 28, 5:10 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Yusef Komunyakaa’s numerous books of poems include Talking Dirty to the Gods; Thieves of Paradise, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Magic City; Dien Cai Dau, which won The Dark Room Poetry Prize; I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head, winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Award; and Copacetic. He also co-edited The Jazz Poetry Anthology and co-translated The Insomnia of Fire by Nguyen Quang Thieu. His honors include the William Faulkner Prize from the Université de Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, where he served as a correspondent and managing editor of the Southern Cross. In 1999, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Yusef Komunyakaa is the Senior Distinguished Poet in the Graduate Writing Program at NYU.

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.



Lecture

The Washington Catwalk
Thursday, October 28, 7:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post fashion editor Robin Givhan will give the Vivian R. Shaw lecture, in which Ms. Givhan will discuss the convergence of fashion, power, and politics.

Detroit native Robin Givhan received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University and a Masters of Science in journalism from the University of Michigan. Since 1995 she has been the fashion editor of the Washington Post where she covers the news, trends, and business of the international fashion industry. She also writes a weekly culture column. In 2009, she began covering Michelle Obama and the cultural and social shifts stirred by the first African American family in the White House and is the author of Michelle: Her First Year As First Lady, a joint project with the Washington Post. Following the lecture, Ms. Givhan will sign copies of her latest book on Mrs. Obama.

The lecture is cosponsored by the UM Women’s Studies Department, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Department of Communication Studies, and the Howard R. Marsh Center for the Study of Journalistic Performance, in collaboration with UMMA.


October 30

Artmaking: Ann Arbor Art Center Workshops

Drawing into Painting
Saturdays, October 30–December 4 (no class November 13), 10:30 am–1 pm
$105 UMMA and AAAC members and UM students/$115 non-members; $20 lab fee
Advance registration is required. Please register online at annarborartcenter.org

If you've always wanted to try to draw and paint but never knew where to start, this is the course for you! Explore the fundamental principals of drawing and painting and learn how to transition from drawing into painting in the inspiring environment of the museum. Lab fee includes basic painting materials. Please bring 11 x 14 inch or larger drawing pad; HB, 4B, or 6B drawing pencils; and kneaded eraser to the first class. All levels welcome.



Guided Tour

The Collector’s Eye
Saturday, October 30, 1 pm

This is one of two new tours that looks at UMMA collections through the lens of a particular theme. "The Collector's Eye" considers donors and collectors who have shaped UMMA holdings. Both new tours are offered in conjunction with the UM theme semester "What Makes Life Worth Living?"



Guided Tour

On Beauty and the Everyday: The Prints of James McNeill Whistler
Saturday, October 30, 2 pm


October 31

Guided Tour

Political and Social Expressions in Art
Sunday, October 31, 1 pm

This is one of two new tours that looks at UMMA collections through the lens of a particular theme. "Political and Social Expressions in Art" considers art displaying political and social issues. Both new tours are offered in conjunction with the UM theme semester "What Makes Life Worth Living?"



Guided Tour

Out of the Ordinary: Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art and Fusfeld Folk Art Collections
Sunday, October 31, 2 pm