Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of August 17th
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.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MAIL YOUR FUTURE SELF A POSTCARD
The University of Michigan Library’s Book Arts Studio and the Ann Arbor District Library are sponsoring a project to capture the feelings, emotions, and experiences of the Ann Arbor and U-M community during these challenging times. Everyone in the Ann Arbor community, including U-M students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate by creating a postcard that you would send to your future self. You may include your return address, or mail your work anonymously. Send postcards no later than September 30 to:
Ann Arbor District Library
343 S. Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Read more details about the mail art project and submitting here.
EXPLORE U-M LIBRARY’S DIGITAL COLLECTIONS
Discover images, texts, and more from libraries and museums across U-M’s campus and region in the library’s digital collections. These collections uniquely provide both preservation and access to collected and curated physical material used for teaching, learning, research, and scholarship. Explore topics ranging from the African American History Collection, the Historic Buildings of Ann Arbor, a database of 20th Century American Poetry, and so much more.
LYNDA COLE: EARTH AND POLAR WORK
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: Through August 17
Ark Family Room Series: Al Bettis
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 Wednesday, listen to Detroit-based artist Al Bettis. Bettis, an acoustic soul and indie-folk artist, has opened for such artists as Valerie June (at The Ark), Dwele, and Leon Timbo. He has also been featured at Ford Arts, Beats and Eats, Detroit River Days, Radio One, the Michigan State Fair, and the Meridian Winter Blast, to name a few
When: Wednesday, August 19 from 8–9 p.m. ET
Next up: Gina Chavez (8/21)
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, listen to A.D. Carson takes on hip hop scholarship, author of “i used to love to dream.” Carson discusses his “mixtap/e/ssay,” recently released in a free open access format on Fulcrum, with Critical Excess author J. Griffith Rollefson.
When: Weekly through August, this week Thursday, August 20 at 11 a.m. ET
Register at: myumi.ch/9oyre
THE CLEMENTS BOOKWORM: A BOOK CIRCLE FOR HISTORY LOVERS
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.
When: Fridays at 10 a.m. ET, this Friday, August 21 at 10 a.m. ET
Register at: myumi.ch/gjgzR
Next up: Fellow Spotlight with Guillaume Teasdale (8/28)
PENNY STAMPS SPEAKER SERIES + DETROIT PUBLIC TELEVISION PRESENT Fashion Designer Anna Sui
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 dptv.org for a presentation by fashion designer Anna Sui.
When: Fridays at 8 p.m. ET, This Friday, August 21 at 8 p.m.
Next up: Graphic Novelist Alison Bechdel (8/28)
DPTV’S “ARTS ENGINES” WITH SMTD PROFESSOR AARON DWORKIN
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 Welz Kauffman, President & CEO of Ravinia Festival.
When: Saturday, August 22
Next up: Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Music Director of Greensboro Symphony