Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of July 20th | Arts & Culture

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Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of July 20th

Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of July 20th

Online visitors are invited to explore a former exhibition at UMMA, "The Public Square," as a digital extension. Cullen Washington, Jr. "Agora 1," 2017. Mixed media collage on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and UMMA.

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.

Honduras: Militarism, Repression, and Resistance

Repression has skyrocketed in the Central American country of Honduras since the 2009 military coup that overthrew the reformist government of “Mel” Zelaya. Today 62% of Hondurans live in poverty, and the country has one of the world’s highest homicide rates. Join Amelia Frank-Vitale, a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at the U-M, and Mary Anne Perrone, a longtime activist, for a discussion on Honduras about the roots of Honduran migration, government complicity in drug trafficking, and the role of U.S. policy in contributing to social injustice and repression.

When: Tuesday, July 21st, 12–1:30 p.m.


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Online Exhibition: Cullen Washington, Jr: THE PUBLIC SQUARE

The Public Square by contemporary artist Cullen Washington, Jr. pivots around the artist’s most recent series, Agoras — a set of vivid, large scale abstract paintings and small collage works. The compositions explore the ancient Greek public space as a site for activated assembly and the heart of the artistic, spiritual, and political life of the city. Though in-person visits to the exhibition were cut short when the museum closed during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, online visitors are invited to explore Washington’s works in this digital extension of the exhibition.

When: Anytime


LEAD: Bridging the Divide—Uniting Against Racism

LEAD, Leading Equity And Diversity, is a series of conversations where attendees have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of guests who lead Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives. This LEAD conversation will address the need to have people of all social identities (across race, gender, class, sexual orientation, etc.) involved in the fight against systemic racism. It’s human nature to be drawn to people who are similar to us and our desire to bond with our community intensifies under threat. How can we avoid an “us vs. them” mentality and mobilize as a unified force against racism? Speakers will discuss pathways to bonding and bridging across difference.

When: Friday, July 24th, 12–1 p.m.


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PCAP’s 25th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

The Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners held by the Prison Creative Arts Project is one of the largest exhibitions of art by incarcerated artists in the country. Each year, faculty, staff, and students from the University of Michigan travel to correctional facilities across Michigan and select work for the exhibition while providing feedback and critique that strengthens artist’s work and builds community around art-making inside prisons. They now have an online preview, which includes an audio tour, catalog of many of the pieces selected for the exhibition, and a digital guest book, which will be distributed to every artist in the exhibition. 

When: Anytime 

Where: Online at 

Recurring Series Events

Summit Music Chamber Series: Michigan Hospital Project 

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 from July 6th to August 14th


Summer Carillon Series: Michelle Lam

University of Michigan graduate student Michelle Lam presents a lively program on the 60-bell Lurie Carillon, honoring the class of 2020 and challenging audiences to “Guess that Piece!” Concerts are free and family-friendly, but please follow social distancing practices. 

When: Monday, July 20th at 7 p.m.

Where: Lurie Ann & Robert H. Tower


Next up: Jenna Moon (7/27)

SMTD EXCEL’S VIRTUAL VISIONARIES SERIES: Art for Social Change with Gabriela Lena Frank

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, join a discussion with the celebrated composer, educator, and arts advocate Gabriela Lena Frank. Frank explores the social dimension of her art-making, including how lessons learned from her own inspired efforts could translate into socially-informed projects today. 

When: Each week until August 6th, this week Thursday, July 23rd from 3–4 p.m. ET


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Next up: Portfolio Careers, Then and Now with Bill Kalinkos and Katherine Banks (7/29)

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 under the Author Live Talk Series banner. 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, author Andrew Bottomley will explore how the internet-radio convergence has strengthened, rather than overturned, the art of audio broadcast.

When: Weekly through August, this week Thursday, July 23rd at 11 a.m. ET


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Next up: “Are These Not Great Artists?” Kyle Barnett discusses Record Cultures (7/30)


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, Paul Erickson and Dyke Benjamin converse with author Brian Luskey about business and labor history and Luskey’s new book, Men is Cheap: Exposing the Frauds of Free Labor in Civil War America.

When: Fridays at 10 a.m. ET, this Friday, July 24th at 10 a.m. ET


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Next up: TBD (7/31)


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  Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, John de Lancie, and Len Niehoff. 

When: Fridays at 8 p.m. ET, This Friday, July 24th at 8 p.m.


Next up: TBD