Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of August 3rd | Arts & Culture

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) museums and galleries are closed, and various events and exhibitions have either moved online or have been postponed. For U-M’s guide to living, learning and working together safely, please visit Campus Maize & Blueprint.

Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of August 3rd

Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of August 3rd

Support the Michigan Theater Foundation by watching a virtual screening.

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.

The Moth Michigan Virtual StorySlam 

Join The Moth for a StorySlam at your home! The theme for the night is Enthusiasm. You can join the event as a household, or as a household with a storyteller. If you’re a storyteller, prepare a five-minute story about going full force. Think about new relationships, a new job, the first day of school… anything piquing enthusiasm. Tickets are $10 per household.

When: Tuesday, August 4 from 7:15–9:15 p.m.


Race, Sport, & Restorative Justice 

This webinar will feature a discussion with scholars on the manner in which race, the intercollegiate athletic enterprise, and the system of higher education intersect to impact Black student-athletes’ experiences. The undercurrent for the discussion is based on one of the principles of the Black Lives Matter movement: restorative justice.

When: Thursday, August 6 from 1–2:30 p.m. ET



What belongs in a museum’s permanent collection, and why? Take Your Pick invites the U-M Museum of Art’s visitors to have a voice in selecting photographs for their permanent collection. When originally opened in Fall 2019, this exhibition considered this question in regard to 1,000 amateur photographs on loan from the private collection of Peter J. Cohen, who has gathered more than 60,000 snapshots while exploring flea markets in the United States and Europe over two decades. The images he has collected depict all aspects of daily life and reveal the dynamic histories of amateur photography. Such pictures have particular significance in the current digital age when it is much less common to make physical copies of personal photographs. They constitute important artifacts of twentieth-century visual culture and precedents for the photographs we still make today. 

When: Anytime


Virtual Screenings with the Michigan Theater

The Michigan and State Theatre’s doors may be temporarily closed, but they currently are offering virtual ways to watch arthouse films from your home. Every ticket bought purchased through their “virtual movie palace” directly supports the Michigan Theater Foundation. New movies become available each week.

When: Anytime 


Recurring Series Events


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 the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Juilliard School.

When: Every weekday at 10 a.m. from July 6 to August 14


Summer Carillon Series: Julianne Vanden Wyngaard

As part of the weekly Summer Carillon Series, Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, pianist and University Carillonist of Grand Valley State University, will perform a recital at the Lurie Ann & Robert H. Tower. The program kindly asks that attendees support physical distancing practices by bringing picnic blankets and lawn chairs and responsibly spacing themselves. 

When: Monday, August 3 at 7 p.m.

Where: Lurie Ann & Robert H. Tower


Next up: Paul Stelben (8/10)

SMTD EXCEL’S VIRTUAL VISIONARIES SERIES: Engaging Communities with Leah Claiborne and Sydnie Mosley

Virtual Visionaries, held by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s Excel program, is a 10-week series through early August which brings together professionals across the performing arts for weekly virtual discussions on Zoom. SMTD has selected a diverse group of leaders at various stages of their careers to engage in open conversations related to an arts career. This week Dr. Leah Claiborne, a pianist, scholar, and educator, and Sydnie L, Mosley, an award-winning artists-activist, share ways to interface with communities around them in healing ways. The conversation will also address practical tips for how to begin fostering this type of work in your own communities. 

When: Wednesday, August 6, 5–6 p.m. ET


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Ark Family Room Series: Brooke Annibale

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, tune in to singer-songwriter and guitarist Brooke Annibale. Originally from Pittsburgh, her family’s creative roots run deep—her grandfather founded a guitar shop and live sound production company, which continues to operate today. Brooke’s songs have been featured on Sirius XM radio in addition to being placed in multiple TV shows including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Vampire Diaries,” and more. 

When: Wednesday, August 5 from 8–9 p.m. ET


Next up: Corey Harris (8/7)


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, two curators will discuss the life and works of Currier & Ives artist Fanny Palmer. 

When: Fridays at 10 a.m. ET, this Friday, August 7 at 10 a.m. ET


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Next up: TBD (8/14)


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 photographer Mary Ellen Mark.

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


Next up: Kiki Smith (8/14)