Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of June 29th | 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 June 29th

Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of June 29th

University of Michigan's Center for the Education of Women (CEW+) hosts weekly virtual meditation sits.

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.

Book launch: “Arrested Welcome: Hospitality in Contemporary Art” 

The Stamps Gallery and the Minnesota University Press will co-host a virtual book launch event with U-M Stamps School of Art & Design professor Irina Aristarkhova for her new book, Arrested Welcome: Hospitality in Contemporary Art. She will be joined in conversation by artists Ana Prvački, Faith Wilding, Lee Mingwei, Kathy High, Mithu Sen, Ken Aptekar, and Stamps Gallery Director Srimoyee Mitra.

When: Monday, June 29, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. ET


COVID-19 Across the Globe

The International Institute and Ford School of Public Policy present a webinar on brand new research on COVID-19 and its effects in different countries around the world. U-M Professors Pauline Jones, Elizabeth King, Ann Chih Lin, Laura Rozek, and Twila Tardif will present findings from a survey that they—along with other U-M researchers—have conducted over the past month. They will also discuss findings on worldwide anxiety about the disease, prevention efforts, vaccination, and blame, as well as how these issues vary across regions and identities. 

When: Monday, June 29, 10 a.m.–11:15 a.m. ET



Going Viral: Epidemics and Media in the Age of Print

The turn of the sixteenth century was a time when the rapid expansion of print media forged communities of readers eager to learn about the epidemics of the day, such as the plague, syphilis, and the English Sweating Sickness. Not unlike today, anxieties about the rapid spread of diseases coincided with anxieties about the rapid spread of harmful information. Christopher Hutchinson of the University of Mississippi and Helmut Puff, a U-M history professor and director of the U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies will engage in a one-hour conversation about the nexus of epidemics and media (c. 1500).

When: Tuesday, June 30, 4 p.m.–5 p.m. 



Exhibition: Constructing Gender: The Origins of Michigan’s Union and League

Originally, the Michigan Union was built as a men’s club—women weren’t allowed through the front door until 1956. The Michigan League was built 10 years later as a sister club for women. The Bentley Historical Library has created an online exhibition about the architects who designed the buildings and how gender played strongly in the architecture for both buildings. The online exhibition, Constructing Gender: The Origins of Michigan’s Union and League, explores how the Union and League not only reflected the era’s ideas about gender roles but also about how they perpetuated them. Read more about the exhibition here

When: Anytime


Recurring Series Events

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 1, 12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m.



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 Amy Fitterer, the Executive Director of Dance USA. Tune in each week for new interviews.

When: Saturday, July 4 (new episodes air each Saturday)


Next up: Steven Tepper, Dean at ASU School of Arts