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UMMA Vote 2020 Events

Events, exhibitions, and programs to celebrate democracy and get you ready to vote in November!

Events, exhibitions, and programs to celebrate democracy and get you ready to vote in November!

In the lead-up to primary elections and the November 3, 2020 presidential election in the U.S., UMMA is partnering with several organizations across The University of Michigan campus to host public programs, exhibitions, and events to help you make your voice heard on voting day.

Vote 2020! Events

January | February | March | April | Summer - Fall

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Vote 2020 Voter Registration at UMMA

Tuesday, February 4 and Tuesday, February 11
12–2 p.m.
UMMA Cafe

Register to vote at UMMA! Join the Ginsberg Center in the UMMA Cafe, or inside Cullen Washington Jr.’s exhibition, The Public Square, for voter registration every Tuesday in February from 12:00-2:00PM. To register to vote from home, visit TurboVote, which is a quick, customizable registration tool.


Artist Talk With Courtney McClellan: Observer V. Witness, Presented By The Penny Stamps Speaker Series and UMMA

Monday, February 17
5:30–7 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Courtney McClellan is an artist and writer from Greensboro, N.C., and the current Roman Witt Artist in Residence at the Stamps School of Art & Design. Her work addresses public ritual, institutional space, and objects that invite or demand speech.


Vote 2020 Voter Registration at UMMA

Tuesday, February 18
12–2 p.m.
UMMA Cafe

Register to vote at UMMA! Join the Ginsberg Center in the UMMA Cafe, or inside Cullen Washington Jr.’s exhibition, The Public Square, for voter registration every Tuesday in February from 12:00-2:00PM. To register to vote from home, visit TurboVote, which is a quick, customizable registration tool.


Radio Campfire: Town Square--stories That Unfold In Public Places

Saturday, February 22
7–8 p.m.
Taubman Gallery I

Set to the backdrop of artist Cullen Washington’s large scale abstract Agoras paintings, this Radio Campfire event will feature a series of creative audio stories, soundscapes, and sonic postcards that, like Washington’s paintings, tell us stories about the places where civic life ensues.

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Family Art Studio: Community Creations

Saturday, March 7
11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–4 p.m.
Multipurpose Room

Families with children ages six and up are invited to look, learn, and create together in this hands-on workshop inspired by the UMMA exhibition Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square.  Registration required. 


Register to Vote. Get Out To Vote. Dance for Democracy.

Tuesday, March 10
9 p.m.–12 a.m.
Lizzie And Jonathan Tisch Apse

On the evening of the Michigan primaries, UMMA offers up a late night student event with live music, food, and election updates in partnership with Residential College, the Ginsberg Center’s Big Ten Voter Challenge, and the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

This program is part of UMMA's on-going commitment to and partnership with the Big Ten Voter Challenge and is offered in connection with the winter term exhibition Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square (on view January 25 - May 17, 2020) in which questions about democratic society are expressed through large-scale abstract art.​


Witness Lab: Salem Witch Trials with Professor Leonard Niehoff's U-M Law Seminar

Wednesday, March 11 and March 18
5–7 p.m.
Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery

Professor Leonard M. Niehoff will lead a U-M Law seminar discussion on the Salem Witch Trials. The public is invited to observe this U-M class interaction with the Witness Lab project. Seating is limited.


Witness Lab: Romeo Vs. The City of Verona with Katie Mcbride's Greenhills Middle School Class

Friday, March 13
1:30–3 p.m.
Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery

Greenhills Middle School students will speculate about a trial that never happened. Riffing on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, students will put Romeo on trial. You decide: Is Romeo responsible for Tybalt’s death? The public is invited to observe this U-M class interaction with the Witness Lab project. Seating is limited.


GALLERY TOUR: Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square

Sunday, March 22
2–3 p.m.
Meet at UMMA Shop

Join an award-winning docent for a tour of Cullen Washington, Jr.'s most recent series of compositions. 


Artist Reflections with Courtney McClellan: Artist as Researcher

Sunday, March 22
3–4:30 p.m.
Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery

Join McClellan for a discussion of her exploration of the act of witnessing as it relates to her art practice. Additionally, she will share motivations for creating Witness Lab and current findings from work in progress.


Witness Lab: Supreme Court 101 with Chief Justice Bridget McCormack

Tuesday, March 24
5–6 p.m.
Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery

Chief Justice Bridget McCormack teaches the basics of the Michigan Supreme Court. Using famous Michigan cases, McCormack will illuminate today’s important judicial decisions. Registration Required.


Witness Lab: Performance in Trial Advocacy with Judge Timothy Connors and Margaret Connors

Wednesday, March 25
5–8 p.m.
Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery

Judge Timothy Connors and Margaret Connors will teach vital lessons from their lauded U-M trial advocacy class. The public is invited to observe this U-M class interaction with the Witness Lab project. Seating is limited.

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Witness Lab: Performance in Trial Advocacy with Judge Timothy Connors and Margaret Connors

Wednesday, April 1
5–8 p.m.
Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery

Judge Timothy Connors and Margaret Connors will teach vital lessons from their lauded U-M trial advocacy class. The public is invited to observe this U-M class interaction with the Witness Lab project. Seating is limited.


Witness Lab: Supreme Court 101 with Chief Justice Bridget McCormack

Tuesday, April 7
5–6 p.m.
Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery

Chief Justice Bridget McCormack teaches the basics of the Michigan Supreme Court. Using famous Michigan cases, McCormack will illuminate today’s important judicial decisions. Registration required.


This Is What Democracy Looks Like? A Collaboration With U-M’s Welisten

Wednesday, April 15
8–9:30 p.m.
Taubman Gallery I

UMMA is partnering with WeListen, a grassroots campus organization focused on building empathy across the political spectrum with the goal of creating listeners across the country, to catalyze a conversation about the fundamental building blocks of our society.


GALLERY TOUR: Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square

Sunday, April 26, 2020
2–3 p.m.
Meet At UMMA Shop

Join an award-winning docent for a tour of Cullen Washington, Jr.’s most recent series of compositions, Agoras.

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Stay tuned for more events and programs to be announced in the coming weeks. 

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Artist Talk With Cullen Washington, Jr.: Abstract Meditations On The Grid And Humanity Presented By The Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Thursday, January 23
5:10–6:30 p.m.
The Michigan Theater

As part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series, Mr. Washington will speak about his work’s relation to order, chaos, social relationships, and other natural phenomena.


A Conversation With Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Hope Of Abstraction And The Possibilities Of The Public Square

Saturday, January 25
4–5 p.m.
Taubman Gallery I

Please join Mr. Washington and exhibition curator Vera Grant on opening day for a conversation about the role of art, artists, and the “hope of abstraction” within our current battles for the public square.


GALLERY TOUR: Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square

Sunday, January 26
2–3 p.m.
Meet At UMMA Shop

Join an award-winning docent for a tour of Cullen Washington, Jr.’s most recent series of compositions, Agoras.


Penny Stamps Speaker Series Presents: Theater Of Justice With Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, Leonard M. Niehoff, And John De Lancie

Thursday, January 30
5:10–7 p.m.
The Michigan Theater

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, legal scholar and practitioner Leonard M. Niehoff, and acclaimed actor John de Lancie explore the work of the courts and the law; how the human impulse for narrative performance and drama informs the inner workings of the courtroom; and how the courtroom is represented on stage and screen.

Related Exhibition
Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square

ON VIEW Jan 25 — May 17, 2020

Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square is a vivid series of large scale abstract paintings and small collage works that survey his interest in humanity and the Agora, the ancient Greek public square. In a time of global tension in politics, immigration and social polarization, Washington says he chooses the forum of the public square as a site for democracy, humanity and freedom of speech.

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