From the Arts at Michigan
Week of March 5, 2011
The Ark, 316 N. Main St.
Wednesday, March 7; 8pm
Lunasa is an Irish traditional band with a rhythmic difference. Rhythm-their ingenious application of it, and their clear mastery of it-has made Lunasa the single most influential and innovative band performing Irish instrumental music today. What Lunasa has accomplished in their now decade-plus career has deeper precedent in jazz and progressive bluegrass, and has made them unique in Celtic circles. Simply put, Lunasa welds the ancient soul of traditional instrumental Irish music to a new rhythmic framework, one which breaks down the barrier between soloist and accompanist and creates a dynamic polyphony that preserves the dignity of their sources while placing the band firmly in the modern age. Lunasa comes to Michigan with a new release, "La Nua."
March 2, 9 & 16; 11:10am
Fridays through March 16, 2012. This drop-in gallery class offers an opportunity to be more than an observer at the Museum. With the guidance of the instructor, learn to observe the works in the UMMA collections; experiment with proportion, perspective, line quality, value, composition, and personal style. No experience necessary; all are welcome! Stop in for one session or come by weekly-- and you can even use a Passport Voucher from us to get one session FREE!
Don't have the cash for a student ticket? Did you know that an Arts At Michigan Passport voucher can get you FREE and DISCOUNTED student tickets to great events like this one? Stop by the Office of New Student Programs (1st Floor LSA Building, open weekdays, 8am-5pm) and pick up a Passport voucher while they last! Find other passport events here!
The Michigan Theater
OSCAR WINNER FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM! Set in contemporary Iran, a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.
With surgical precision, artist Brian Dettmer carves through page after page of old books, creating intensely detailed sculptures like you've never seen before. Check it out!
Each week we feature a new interesting arts website or video in our newsletter and on our website. Do you know of a cool artsy website you've been telling people about, or an amazing video you can't stop watching? Maybe even a video you made? Email us and we might feature it!
Fluxus emerged in the early 1960s as a loose, international network of artists, composers, and designers-"led" by Lithuanian-born American artist George Maciunas (1931-1978)- that was noted for blurring the boundaries between art and life. Fluxus artists like Maciunas, Nam June Paik, George Brecht, and Yoko Ono, among many others, challenged the notion of high art by creating unassuming, often humorous objects and performances that redefined the terms of artistic production by demonstrating the idea that "anything can be art and anyone can do it." Because of their disregard for traditional artistic media, many of the objects in the exhibition are-often by design-acutely resistant to conventional forms of museum display. Variously conceived as carriers of ideas, absurdist send-ups of consumer products, and invitations to direct, playful participation by the viewer, these works attempt to undermine the idea that art is separate from the activity of living one's life. Through 116 works, Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life will introduce visitors to the study and appreciation of art as an exciting and intellectually rewarding experience, and to the notion that art is something that can play an active role in their own approaches to life's essential questions.
Congratulations to Josh Simon, whose photo "The Bonds of Constancy" won the As I See It Photo Competition! Click here to see more and find out who came in 2nd and 3rd!
The passion of the show exploded off the stage for sure, and I felt the musical shift perspectives constantly, from mother, to son, to daughter, to father. The lighting would tilt and change its tone as the melodies would lift and fall.
There are upon this earth a great number of places where there is beauty to be found in the intersection of the human and the natural. There is urban decay, where manmade structures are gradually reclaimed by the elements, the thing around which urban exploration revolves.
Writing a haiku
Takes patience, wit, and talent.
Oh wait, I'm finished
— Brandon Beran, class of 2015
Want to share your own poetic genius? Submit a haiku to firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s easy — 5 syllables, then 7, then 5!
Want to get involved with UMMA? Apply to serve on the STUDENT PROGRAMMING AND ADVISORY COUNCIL, which serves as a direct link between UM students and UMMA. It's dedicated to helping support UMMA's mission of commitment to students and engagement with the arts. Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome. Applicants must be able to serve for three semesters. Read more here:
Center for Campus Involvement is seeking design proposals for MPassioned Art, that will be selected to customize a 4'x4'x6" wooden "M". Completed "M"s will become part of a campus-wide art installation designed to showcase the talent and diversity that make the University of Michigan great. Learn more here:
What images would describe North Campus to you? Show us in the North Campus Photo Competition. More info
UMMA is looking for event proposals from students for the upcoming Fluxus show. Visit UMMA's student blog, The Annex, for more info: