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Attend at Home: Events + Exhibitions for the Week of February 15th

Attend at Home: Events + Exhibitions for the Week of February 15th

Starting this Sunday, UMS presents a digital performance of violinist James Ehmes and Orion Weiss, free to stream online for a limited time.

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. This week, we will continue to feature the events planned in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as our recurring series events.

UMMA AND CHILL

A series of interactive events and social experiences hosted by the U-M Museum of Art that will help you reconnect with the arts and provide a (temporary) cure to the winter blues. Events range from artmaking to gallery talks to even art tours with a mixologist! Visit the website to see what events are happening on which days through the month of February.

THE RC PRESENTS: PORTRAITS OF LINCOLN

Learn about the consequences of early reading, the boyhood of Lincoln, and the politics of education and self-improvement of one of our most revered presidents from Dave Choberka, Ph.D. Andrew W. Mellon Curator for University Learning and Programs at the U-M Museum of Art; Julia Mickenberg, Professor of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin; and Liz Goodenough, RC lecturer in Arts & Ideas in the Humanities.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2:30–3:30 p.m. EST

DEVILS, SECRET SOCIETIES, AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN LIBERIA; PROFESSOR LESTER MONTS

In this lecture, professor emeritus of musicology Lester Monts, will focus on the musical instruments commonly used by ethnic groups in northern Liberia and Southern Sierra Leone, namely, the Mende, Gola, Dei, and Vai. 

When: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. EST

MUSEUMS STUDIES PROGRAM COLONIAL ARCHIVES AND DECOLONIAL MUSEOLOGY, PANEL DISCUSSIONS

In this series of two webinars, the Museum Studies Program inquires into the University of Michigan’s archives, museums, visual and living collections to ask how they are implicated in the violent histories of settler colonialism in the United States and US colonialist rule over the Philippines. 

When: Wednesday Feb. 17 and Friday, Feb. 19

U-M LIBRARY PRESENTS: MODELING THE MESSAGE

Book artist Alisa Banks will discuss the relationship between content and form in creating artists’ books. Banks will walk the audience through a selection of her works and the decisions that went into their eventual forms. 

When: Thursday, Feb. 18. 5, 7–8 p.m. EST

STAMPS @ HOME: A CONVERSATION WITH ARTISTS FROM THE EXHIBITION STORY, WORD, SOUND, SWAY

Join the Stamps School of Art & Design as they hear from Senghor Reid (BFA ’99), Yvette Rock (MFA ’99), Wes Taylor (BFA ’04), and Elizabeth Youngblood (BFA ’73), whose works are featured in the Stamps Gallery exhibition “Story, Word, Sound, Sway”. Reid, Rock, Taylor, and Youngblood will discuss the ways their creative work challenges the status quo and the role that artists play in breaking down the walls of oppression and injustice.

When: Thursday, Feb. 18, 6–7:30 p.m. EST

UMS PRESENTS: JAMES EHNES, VIOLIN, AND ORION WEISS, PIANO

Two of the most sought-after recitalists on the international stage join forces in this special concert, filmed from James Ehnes’s home specifically for UMS audiences.

When: Sunday, Feb. 14–Wednesday, Feb. 24

Recurring Series Events

This month’s Clements Bookworm event will feature the library’s recent virtual exhibition: “Framing Identity: Representations of Empowerment and Resilience in the Black Experience.”

MICHIGAN UNION TICKET OFFICE: WEEKLY FILM SUGGESTIONS

This week’s films include “A Raisin in the Sun,” “The Color Purple,” “Moonlight,” and “Get Out.” These films are suggested for viewing on Kanopy and Swank within the University of Michigan Library

ZELL VISITING WRITERS SERIES: JOAN SILBER

The Zell Visiting Writers Series brings outstanding writers to campus each semester. Joan Silber is the author of eight books of fiction, most recently the novel, Improvement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

When: Reading and Q&A on Thursday, Feb. 18, 5–6:30 p.m. EST. Craft Lecture: “Generosity in Fiction” on Friday, Feb. 19, 10–11 a.m. EST.

THE CLEMENTS BOOKWORM: “FRAMING IDENTITY” ONLINE EXHIBIT: REPRESENTATIONS OF EMPOWERMENT AND RESILIENCE IN THE BLACK EXPERIENCE 

This episode explores photographic examples of Black empowerment from the new Framing Identity online exhibit through a conversation with the Clements Library’s 2019-2021 Joyce Bonk Fellow, Samantha Hill, and Graphics Curator Clayton Lewis. They will take a closer look at photography and literature in the Clements’ collections to explore how artists and intellectuals present themselves through the creative process.

When: Friday, Feb. 19, 10–11 a.m. EST

PENNY STAMPS SPEAKERS SERIES: JAUME PLENSA, CAN YOU HEAR ME?

“Can You Hear Me?” is a documentary film that follows internationally celebrated Spanish artist Jaume Plensa for a year and a half, offering audiences an unfiltered look into his artistic process. A screening of the documentary will be followed with a conversation between the artist and Christina Olsen, Director of UMMA, and U-M students.

When: Friday, Feb.19, 8p.m. EST

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. This week, listen to a conversation with Jeff Alexander, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

When: Saturday, Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m. EST

Next up: Valerie Coleman, Director of Chamber Music Program at Frost School of Music.

 

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