Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of July 6th
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.
Dr. Linda Dzuris plays the Lurie Carillon
Dr. Linda Dzuris (SMTD BM ’92, MM ’93, DMA ’98) opens the annual summer carillon series on the 60-bell Lurie Carillon. She will play repertoire ranging from ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ to ‘Pictures at an Exhibition.’ The concert is free and family-friendly, but attendees must follow social distancing practices outdoors.
When: Monday, July 6th at 7 p.m. ET
Ark Family Room Series: SistaStrings
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 Milwaukee-based sister duo as they combine their classical background with R&B and a touch of gospel influence. SistaStrings has performed at Carnegie Hall and with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, with Malik Yusef, and they have opened for Black Violin, Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony, Lupe Fiasco, BJ The Chicago Kid, and The Roots. Outside of playing music venues, SistaStrings goes into schools and conducts assemblies, encouraging young people to pursue the arts and to not be afraid of hard work.
When: Wednesday, July 8th from 8–9:30 p.m. ET
Exhibition: Written Culture of Christian Egypt, Coptic Manuscripts from the University of Michigan Collection
The dry climate of the Egyptian desert offers an ideal environment for the preservation of ancient artifacts. As the sands of Egypt have preserved numerous Coptic manuscripts, the transmission of the literary heritage of Egyptian Christians can be documented fairly well from its beginning in the 4th century until its decline in the 12th and 13th centuries, when it was completely superseded by Arab culture. Scroll through this online exhibition for highlights from U-M collections of Coptic fragments and codices held at the Papyrology Collection and the Special Collections Research Center.
Virtual Family Art Studio: How Do You Feel?
Local Artist and Community Docent Susan Clinthorne will walk participants through the creation of expressive faces with collage, while exploring elements of design, and sharing fun faces from UMMA’s collection as inspiration.
When: Saturday, July 11th from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. ET
Jews, Racial Justice, and Policing
Join three scholars of Judaic Studies in a discussion about the limitations and possibilities of Jewish responses to policing in the United States. The panelists will cover a wide range of topics, including the history of Jewish participation in activist coalitions, the role of Jews of Color in this work, and the links between racial justice activists in the U.S. and in Israel/Palestine.
When: Wednesday, July 8th from 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m. ET
Register at: myumi.ch/gjRXg
Nevertheless Film Festival
Nevertheless Film Festival elevates the work of womxn filmmakers, as every film in the program has at least 50% femme-identifying filmmakers in leadership positions. The festival does not define filmmaker as meaning only “director,” but also producers, editors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and more. This festival inspires audiences of all ages and engages the community in a conversation about the power of equal representation behind the camera. Visit their website to purchase tickets.
When: Recurring, Thursday, July 9–Sunday, July 12
Recurring Series Events
SMTD EXCEL’S VIRTUAL VISIONARIES SERIES: Art Inspired by Identity with Donia Jarrar and Rosy Simas
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, the session probes strategies for crafting work around your personal identity, avoiding pitfalls around sensitive topics, and framing your artistic voice in ways that resonate with others with Dr. Donia Jarrar, an Arab and Muslim-American composer, pianist, and interdisciplinary artist, and Rosy Simas, a Native dance artist, administrator, and advocate.
When: Each week until August 6th, this week Thursday, July 9th from 4–5 p.m. ET
Next up: Leading Beyond Crisis with Lara Zabel and Omari Rush (7/15)
University of Michigan Press Author Live Talks
Beginning in June and running throughout the summer, the University of Michigan Press 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 Danielle Fosler-Lussier discusses the ways music moves throughout the world and how it is altered in its travels with her book, Music on the Move.
When: Weekly through August, this week Thursday, July 9th at 11 a.m. ET
Register at: myumi.ch/zxmbd
Next up: Death Disco: Mimi Haddon on the question of What is Post-Punk? (7/16)
THE CLEMENTS BOOKWORM: A BOOK CIRCLE FOR HISTORY LOVERS
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, join an author conversation between Assistant Map Curator Mary Pedley and Dr. Martin Brückner, who will discuss his monograph The Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860 (published in 2017).
When: Fridays at 10 a.m. ET, this Friday, July 10th at 10 a.m. ET
Register at: myumi.ch/gjgzR
Next up: Collectors Corner with Jack Deo (7/17)
Midweek Mindfulness-Guided Sits
As part of the Center for the Education of Women+ (CEW+) Inspire initiative, CEW+ will resume holding their mindful meditation sits virtually on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. Being present in the moment is a skill that can be learned when practiced on a regular basis and is especially important during trying times. Evidence-based meditation has been shown to also reduce implicit age and race bias, reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and pain, improve cognitive functioning, and assist in ending ruminating thought patterns.
When: Wednesdays at 12:15, this Wednesday, July 8th, from 12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m. ET
PENNY STAMPS SPEAKER SERIES + DETROIT PUBLIC TELEVISION PRESENT Choreographer and Dancer: Bill T Jones
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 pm. This Friday at 8 pm, tune in at dptv.org for a presentation by choreographer and dancer Bill T Jones.
When: Fridays at 8 p.m. ET
Next up: Street artist and activist: Joe Caslin (7/17)
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. Each episode reveals the human stories, best practices, and real-life experiences of those who power human creativity each and every day. 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. Hosted by School of Music, Theatre & Dance professor, and Sphinx Organization founder Aaron Dworkin, the program seeks to share the most valuable advice and input from arts administrators who tell their stories of creative problem-solving, policy, economic impact, crisis management and empowering the future the field. Watch past episodes with guests like Bob Lynch, President & CEO of Americans for the Arts and Clive Gillinson, Executive & Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. This week, listen to a conversation with Steven Tepper, Dean at the ASU School of Arts. Tune in each week for new interviews.
Next up: Victoria Robey (Chair of the Board of the London Phil)