Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of August 31st
Happy first week of classes! Museums, galleries, and performance venues at the University of Michigan remain closed 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.
ARTS AT MICHIGAN: CONNECTING STUDENT CREATIVES
Connecting Student Creatives is an initiative to share the creative work of U-M students. In this space and on social media channels, Arts at Michigan will be highlighting some of the many students who make up our campus artistic community: visual artists, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, architects, designers, actors, poets, set designers, cartoonists and more! Check out the exhibition at the link below, and if you’re a student, submit your work to be featured.
ARTS AT MICHIGAN: SHORT FILM NIGHT
Arts at Michigan is hosting an online screening of a selection of short films created by students in The Department of Film, Television, and Media courses. Featured films were winners at last year’s Lightworks Film Festival, a semi-annual event put on by the Film & Video Student Association. These film and video shorts give a great glimpse of some of the amazing work being created by fellow students!
When: Tuesday, September 1, 9 p.m. ET
Where: Register at myumi.ch/Nxzg7
Join day two of the virtual Festifall to find student orgs that you would love to join! This second day will showcase student orgs in categories like Creative and Performing Arts, Health and Wellness, Cultural and Ethnic, Gender and Sexuality, Media, Journalism, and Creative Writing,
When: Friday, September 4, 2-6 p.m. ET
EXHIBITION: SARA ADLERSTEIN-GONZALEZ “NOT FOR SALE: MY PRIVATE COLLECTION” AT WSG GALLERY
Sara Adlerstein-Gonzalez, Ph.D, is an associate research scientist at the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), but she is also an artist, who has painted for nearly 40 years. This exhibition is a collection of mostly symbolic oil paintings with subject matters ranging from very personal to science-infused.
When: Through Monday, September 28
INTERPRETIVE HIKE IN THE ARB
Explore the beautiful Nichols Arboretum on a walk led by Recreational Sports Adventure Leadership Staff. Participants will learn more about local flora and fauna while engaging in fun and intentional activities to help foster community. Meet at the Peony Garden entrance (1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) and please wear a mask.
When: Wednesday, September 2, 4-5 p.m. ET
Recurring Series Events
ZELL VISITING WRITERS SERIES: READING AND Q&A WITH POET KAVEH AKBAR
The Zell Visiting Writers Series brings outstanding writers to campus each semester. In their first event of the year, Kaveh Akbar’s will be reading his debut book of poetry, “Calling a Wolf a Wolf,” which boldly confronts addiction and the path of recovery—traversing faith, the self, and the constant battle of alcoholism and sobriety.
When: Thursday, September 3, 5-6:30 p.m. ET
Next up: Eduardo C. Corral
UMMA EXHIBITION: I WRITE TO YOU ABOUT AFRICA
This exhibition will double the space dedicated to African art at UMMA and will mark the first time in ten years that the African galleries at UMMA are fully reinstalled. It is the product of years of research into the Museum’s and the University’s collections. The thematic exhibition centers around UMMA’s collection, as well as works collected by the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the School of Social Work, the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, and the African Studies Center.
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. Hosted by School of Music, Theatre & Dance professor, and Sphinx Organization founder Aaron Dworkin, and 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. This week, listen to a conversation with Dr. Eugene Rogers, Director Of Choral Activities of the University of Michigan.
When: Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. ET
Next up: Composer Jessie Montgomery of the Dallas Symphony
ARK FAMILY ROOM SERIES: AHI
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, listen to Canadian musician Ahkinoah Habah Izarh, AHI, who was recently featured on an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. AHI has appeared at last summer’s Ann Arbor Art Fair Stage, and he returns to Michigan with an acclaimed sophomore album, “In Our Time.”
When: Tuesday, September 1, 8 p.m. ET
Next up: Shaun Richardson & Seth Taylor (9/3)