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 February 22nd

Attend at Home: Events + Exhibitions for the Week of February 22nd

A new exhibition by Yasmine Nasser Diaz is now on view at the U-M Institute for the Humanities Gallery. The exhibition is designed to be viewed through the gallery window. Image courtesy of the Institute for Humanities.

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. The following is a curated list of events and exhibitions occurring this week, along with some recurring series events.

FUTURE OF ART INSTITUTIONS: REPAIR? OR REBUILD?

Arts institutions, such as museums, were founded on colonialist ideas—white Europeans collected the rest of the world during their conquests and travels, establishing places to promote one set of cultural ideals at the expense of others. This panel featuring Maurita Poole, Terence Washington, and Anya Sirota, moderated by UMMA director Christina Olsen, will grapple with the questions of the future of institutions in reckoning with the past.

When: Monday, Feb. 22, 4–5:10 p.m. EST

ANN ARBOR SUMMER FESTIVAL PRESENTS: SCOTT SILVEN, THE JOURNEY

In this live, virtual theater experience, travel from your living room to Silven’s home in rural Scotland through beautiful cinematic imagery and high-definition immersive sound. Hear a long-forgotten story, interact directly with Silven in a cutting-edge digital space, and help shape the evening’s extraordinary illusions and mesmerizing events.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 23–Sunday, Feb. 28

THE CLEMENTS LIBRARY PRESENTS: MAPS AS TEXT, SUBTEXT, AND HYPERTEXT

Join historical geographer Garrett Dash Nelson from the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library for a discussion about representation, reality, and the visualization of geographic information in the new exhibition Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 4–5 p.m. EST

LLOYD SCHOLARS FOR WRITING AND THE ARTS PRESENTS: MLK READING SERIES

Join MCSP, CSP, and LSWA for a series of conversations addressing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at this crucial turning point in the history of racism in America. This three-part reading group will trace King’s varied legacy from his last published book to the present day and consider how we can understand and build on his legacy.In this second session, the featured book is “MLK Now” by Brandon Terry and responses. 

When: Thursday Feb. 25, 5 p.m. EST

ZOOMOON LUMINARY MAKING WORKSHOP

Mark Tucker, Founder and Creative Director of FestiFools and FoolMoon, is unleashing a new online artmaking workshop just for you! Learn to make a ZooMoon Luminary Sculpture. These cool illuminated sculptures will light up your world! Join in on Zoom and meet new friends, get creative, laugh, and let your inner artist beast roam free! 

When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 1–3 p.m. EST

HUMANITIES GALLERY PRESENTS: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

For Your Eyes Only is the latest iteration of multidisciplinary artist Yasmine Nasser Diaz’s bedroom installation. The constructed space is a shimmering homage to the bedroom disco—a sanctuary for uninhibited dance and self-expression. Projected into the space is a montage of casual videos shared by female-identifying and non-binary persons of Southwest Asian and North African origin dancing solo in their rooms. This exhibition can be viewed from the sidewalk of Thayer St.

When: Through Friday, Apr. 16.

Recurring Series Events

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is back for on-demand streamed performances, this time filmed live at the Michigan Theater.

MICHIGAN UNION TICKET OFFICE: WEEKLY FILM SUGGESTIONS

This week’s theme and final week of Black History Month focuses on highly rated films centered on Black writers, characters, and stories made over the past decade. These films are suggested for viewing on Kanopy and Swank within the University of Michigan Library

A2SO IN THE HALL SERIES: MOZART’S VIENNA

Amidst the darkness of the winter, Michigan Theater will come alive with the sounds of Mozart’s Vienna. The evening begins with international pianists Arthur Greene and Christopher Harding in a performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for 2 Pianos. Following this fiery double concerto, hear the influence of Mozart in Schubert’s Symphony No. 5. The evening will conclude with Ravel’s La Valse, and Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier Suite. 

When: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m. EST

ZELL VISITING WRITERS SERIES: JERICHO BROWN

The Zell Visiting Writers Series brings outstanding writers to campus each semester. Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

When: Thursday, Feb. 25, 5–6:30 p.m. EST 

PERFORMING THE MOMENT, PERFORMING THE MOVEMENT: GABRIELLE MCLEOD, DETROIT’S “QUEEN OF JIT”

Daring Dances and the Center for World Performance Studies team up to premiere two short videos featuring Gabrielle McLeod, Detroit’s ‘Queen of Jit’. The watch party will start with a dance tutorial commissioned by Daring Dances as part of the “Daring Dances for Surviving and Thriving” series. After participants have had the chance to work up a sweat, and work out some footwork, a short video of curator Clare Croft interviewing Queen Gabby will follow, created as part of the CWPS “Performing the Moment, Performing the Movement” series, and finally an opportunity for a Q&A with Clare Croft and Gabby McLeod, moderated by CWPS Graduate Fellow J’Sun Howard.

When: Thursday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m. EST 

PENNY STAMPS SPEAKERS SERIES: SOPHIA BRUECKNER, SCI-FI PROTOTYPING AND CRITICAL OPTIMISM

Inseparable from computers since the age of two, Sophia Brueckner believes she is a cyborg. As a software engineer at Google, she designed and built products used by tens of millions. At the Rhode Island School of Design and the MIT Media Lab, she researched the simultaneously empowering and controlling aspects of technology with a focus on tangible and social interfaces.

When: Friday, Feb. 26, 8 p.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 Valerie Coleman, Director of Chamber Music Program at Frost School of Music.

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

Next up: Bob Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts

 

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