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Attend at Home: Events and Exhibitions for the Week of March 22nd

Attend at Home: Events and Exhibitions for the Week of March 22nd

This week, the African Graduate Student Association and UMMA present U-M alum, Ayoinmotion, for a virtual live Q&A and performance

Many of the museums, galleries, and performance venues at the University of Michigan remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, there will still be plenty of online events, exhibitions, performances, and films that you can experience from home. The following is a curated list of events and exhibitions occurring this week, along with some recurring series events.

UMMA PRESENTS: CUTE CUTE KOKESHI! 

In this conversation with artist Takatoshi Hayashi and UMMA curator Natsu Oyobe, Hayashi will discuss the kokeshi that he makes. Traditional kokeshi are a Japanese wooden doll with a round face and slender body made by lathe, and Hayashi infuses them with imaginative designs drawn from pop culture. His kokeshi brand “Ishinomaki Kokeshi” is dubbed as “kawaii” (“cute”) and attracts many Japanese and international fans.

When: Monday, Mar. 22, 6–7 p.m. EST

ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL

The 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival will be held on an online platform called Eventive. The online festival will allow the AAFF community to experience the festival in the safety of their home while continuing to socially distance. All short Films in Competition screenings will take place as an online live stream. After the initial live stream, the programs will be available for on-demand viewing until 12am midnight EDT on 3/31.

When: Tuesday, Mar. 23–Sunday, Mar. 28

IRWG PRESENTS: REMAKING A LIFE, HOW WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS CONFRONT INEQUALITY

In the face of life-threatening news, how does our view of life change—and what do we do to transform it? “Remaking a Life,” written by Celeste Watkins-Hayes, uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a lens to understand how women generate radical improvements in their social well being in the face of social stigma and economic disadvantage. 

When: Thursday, Mar. 25, 12–1 p.m. EST

AFRICAN GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION AND UMMA PRESENT: AYOINMOTION = MUSIC TO MOVE YOU!

Pulsating  Afrobeats, hip-hop, spoken-word, a hard-driving band, and dancers make Ayoinmotion in concert a captivating experience. Wind down your week with the funky afrobeats of Ayoinmotion and chat about his music, his time at U-M, and his activism on important issues like #BLM and #EndSARS. There will be a live Q&A with Ayoinmotion at 4:30 p.m. followed by his performance.

When: Friday, Mar. 26, 4:30–6 p.m EST

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES PRESENTS: CONTEXTUALIZING VIOLENCE AGAINST ASIANS AND ASIAN AMERICANS WITHIN THE HISTORY OF US RELATIONAL RACISM

This event will focus on the recent anti-Asian and anti-Asian American violence sweeping the nation, and contextualize this violence within broader relational racial dynamics in U.S. history. The speakers are Anne Cheng (Princeton), Madeline Hsu (UT Austin), Dylan Rodríguez (American Studies Association and UC Riverside), and Frances Wang (U-M) with moderator Yi-Li Wu (U-M).

When: Friday, Mar. 26, 10:30a.m.–12 p.m EST

TEDXUOFM PRESENTS: IGNITE, THE VIRTUAL 2021 CONFERENCE

This year’s conference will feature 6 amazing TEDx Talks, and additional engaging performers, and interactive learning activities. TEDxUofM presents this year’s conference with the theme “Ignite,” which plays on the idea of rising from the ashes: the chance to destroy existing norms and create new ones. Ignite represents the hope for a brighter future. 

When: Saturday, Mar. 27, 3–5 p.m. EST

Recurring Series Events

This week’s Penny Stamps Speakers Series guest is Swiss visual artist, Pipilotti Rist, who is best known for creating experimental video art and installation art. This is a photo of Rist’s “4th Floor to Mildness from the Mildness Family” (2016).

CLEMENTS DISCOVER SERIES: CARTOGRAPHY, SESSION 3 “DIGITIZATION AND CARTOGRAPHY RESEARCH”

In the final session of the Clements Library’s Discover Series, Mary Pedley & Matthew Edney are joined by Karl Longstreth (Clark Library, University of Michigan) on the many challenges of digitizing maps and the advantages to research that such images bring.

When: Tuesday, Mar. 23, 4–5:30 p.m. EST

ISR INSIGHT SPEAKERS SERIES: JAMES S. JACKSON’S CONTINUING LEGACY AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH ON BLACK AMERICANS

Join Robert Taylor, Belinda Tucker, and Phillip Bowman for a panel discussion on the continuing legacy and contributions of James S. Jackson.

When: Wednesday, Mar. 24, 1 p.m. EST

HUMANITIES AT WORK SERIES: IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT BLECHER

Peggy McCracken, Director of the Institute for the Humanities, talks to Robert Blecher (PhD, Middle East History, Stanford University), Chief Strategy Officer at the International Crisis Group.

When: Thursday, Mar. 25 4 p.m. EST

ZELL VISITING WRITERS SERIES: KATHLEEN GRABER

The Zell Visiting Writers Series brings outstanding writers to campus each semester. Kathleen Graber’s poetry collection, The River Twice (Princeton University Press, 2019), is an elegiac meditation on impermanence and change. She presents a fluid world in which so much―including space and time, the subterranean realm of dreams, and language itself―seems protean.

When: Reading and Q&A on Thursday, Mar. 25, 5–6:30 p.m. EST, Craft Lecture “The Art of Association” on Friday, Mar. 26, 10–11 a.m. EST

MUSEUMS AT NOON SERIES: INTERDISCIPLINARY PARTNERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS IN MUSEUM PRACTICE – TWO PERSPECTIVES

This presentation will take place in two parts: Interdisciplinary College and Professional Learning at the Art Institute of Chicago (Christina DiFabio), and Community Participation and Consultation: Developing a Heritage Center at El Kurru, Sudan (Shannon Ness).

When: Friday, Mar. 26 12–1 p.m. EST

PENNY STAMPS SPEAKERS SERIES: PIPILOTTI RIST, KIND (OF A) TALK

Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, a pioneer of spatial video art, has been a central figure within the international art scene since the mid-1980s. Rist has had countless solo and group exhibitions, and video screenings worldwide, and her recent solo exhibitions have all resulted in record-breaking attendance numbers for each institution. This talk will be presented in partnership with the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

When: Friday, Mar. 26, 8 p.m. EST

 

If you would like your event to be included in next week’s “Attend at Home” series, email arts-culture@umich.edu.