Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of August 10th | Arts & Culture

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Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of August 10th

Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of August 10th

Kiki Smith at the Stamps School of Art & Design during her 2017 residency. You can listen to Smith this week as part of the Stamps Speaker Series.

Museums, galleries, and performance venues remained closed at the University of Michigan this week due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, there are plenty of online events, exhibitions, performances, and films that you can experience from home in the meantime. Here are recommended ways to virtually engage with U-M’s cultural community this week.


Ann Arbor’s Washington Street Gallery (WSG) is currently closed but continues to showcase exhibitions online. For their current exhibition, WSG features the polar paintings of Lynda Cole. Cole paints the world of ice based on her recent trips to the Arctic and Antarctic. 

On her work: “There is a feeling, in Antarctica especially, of isolation but wholeness or oneness at the same time. Scale and quiet play a large part in the feeling of polar regions. There are sounds of wind and water, birds and other life but they are interesting and welcome sounds, not noise. And, there is sometimes silence. I think of the space in some of my paintings as representing that silence.” 

When: Now through August 17


Kelsey Museum’s Past and Current Exhibitions

The Kelsey Museum’s galleries are closed until further notice, and events and programs have been canceled. In the meantime, explore and enjoy the Kelsey’s exhibitions online, including their current exhibition, “Randal Stegmeyer: Exposing the Past,” which features an overview of U-M Library photographer Randal Stegmeyer’s career in photography. You can also view past exhibitions such as “Ancient Color,” “Graffiti as Devotion,” and “Urban Biographies.”

When: Anytime



Sunmi Chang, a recent doctoral graduate in violin performance at U-M, has partnered with Michigan musicians to provide short streamed performances to thank and cheer on all the Michigan healthcare workers. Hear from pianists, violinists, and more from places like U-M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Juilliard School at home.

When: Every weekday at 10 a.m. until August 14


Recurring Events

Summer Carillon Series: Paul Stelben

As part of the weekly Summer Carillon Series, Paul Stelben of Yale University performs a narrative program of music on the 60-bell Lurie Carillon, ranging from the reflective “Earth Blood Reprise” by Ann Arbor composer Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra to Geert D’hollander’s virtuosic “Een Schoon Liedeken.” The program kindly asks that attendees support physical distancing practices by bringing picnic blankets and lawn chairs and responsibly spacing themselves. 

When: Monday, August 10 at 7 p.m.

Where: Lurie Ann & Robert H. Tower


Ark Family Room Series: Trout Fishing in America

In-person events at The Ark are currently canceled, but until the venue can reopen, you can stay connected with the Ark Family Room Series, which brings artists on live-stream to your living room. On Tuesday, join The Ark as they present Trout Fishing in America, an eclectic folk/rock band made up of Keith Grimwood (electric bass/upright bass and vocals) and Ezra Idlet  (guitar/bouzouki/banjo and vocals). For over 40 years, they have entertained and engaged audiences of all ages. Their recordings have garnered three National Indie Awards, multiple Parents Choice and NAPPA Gold awards, the American Library Award, as well as four Grammy nominations. 

When: Tuesday, August 11th from 8–9 p.m. ET


Next up: Robert Jones and Matt Watroba (8/13)

University of Michigan Press Author Live Talks

Running throughout the summer, the University of Michigan Press hosts weekly conversations with prominent scholars in political science, classical studies, history, musicology, and more. Audiences will be treated to compelling stories on topics including history’s enduring lies, the migration of music across time and place, and the satire of Roman epic poet Lucretius. This week, author Melissa K. Merry discusses her book, Warped Narratives: Distortion in the Framing of Gun Policy, which illuminates how both gun control activists and Second Amendment advocates focus on atypical scenarios in their attempts to shape law and culture.

When: Weekly through August, this week Thursday, August 13 at 11 a.m. ET


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Next up: “i used to love to dream” by A.D. Carson (8/20)


Join the U-M William L. Clements Library staff, fellows, and supporters in a discussion about the books they are reading. Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, they invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual table. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy a snack while you watch commentators in a live feed. This week, join an author conversation with Daniel Livesay. Livesay discusses his book, Children of Uncertain Fortune: Mixed-Race Jamaicans in Britain and the Atlantic Family, 1733-1833 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018). It examines the migration of elite Jamaicans of color to Britain, and the intersections of race and family, during the 18th century.

When: Fridays at 10 a.m. ET, this Friday, August 14 at 10 a.m. ET


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Next up: TBD (8/21)


Keeping the community curious, engaged, and connected, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series is teaming up with Detroit Public Television to stream select Penny Stamps Speaker Series talks from the archive on Fridays at 8 p.m. This Friday, tune in at for a presentation by artist Kiki Smith.

When: Fridays at 8 p.m. ET, This Friday, August 7 at 8 p.m.


Next up: Fashion Designer Anna Sui (8/21)


Arts Engines highlights the perspectives of the thought leaders and game-changers who are creating a significant impact in the field of the arts. Each episode reveals the human stories, best practices, and real-life experiences of those who power human creativity each and every day. In partnership with Detroit Public Television, the program utilizes Zoom to conduct interviews with guests that are then distributed and broadcast through both digital and traditional mediums. Hosted by School of Music, Theatre & Dance professor, and Sphinx Organization founder Aaron Dworkin, the program seeks to share the most valuable advice and input from arts administrators who tell their stories of creative problem-solving, policy, economic impact, crisis management and empowering the future the field. Watch past episodes with guests like Bob Lynch, President & CEO of Americans for the Arts and Clive Gillinson, Executive & Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. This week, listen to a conversation with Margaret Lioi, President of Chamber Music Ameria. 

When: Saturday, August 8


Next up: Welz Kauffman, President & CEO of Ravinia Festival