Attend at Home: Events + Exhibitions for the Week of October 26th
Many of the museums, galleries, and performance venues at the University of Michigan remain closed 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.
In lieu of the City of Birmingham Orchestra and Chorus’ canceled 2020/21 tour featuring soloist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, UMS will present sibling cello/piano duo Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason in a free digital performance recorded specifically for UMS audiences. Both artists will join UMS audiences in a live chat after the digital premiere.
When: Sunday, Oct. 25–Wednesday, Nov. 4
This year’s summit provides a time and space for the campus community to come together to demonstrate a collective commitment to anti-racism that this moment in our history compels. During the fall term Democracy & Debate theme semester, the DEI Summit will focus on the arts as a vehicle for social change and provides an opportunity for curricular integration and connection.
When: Monday, Oct. 26, 10–11:30 a.m. EDT
Join the Clements Library for a talk with Dr. Richard Bell, who will share the incredible story of five boys whose courage forever changed the fight against slavery in America.
When: Monday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. EDT
Selected messages from Sheryl Oring’s “I Wish to Say” will be set in Voters’ Broadcast, a new musical work conceived and composed by Lisa Bielawa, which will bring together choirs from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m. EDT
Join Stamps Gallery for a virtual panel discussion with designers from the AIGA “Get out the Vote: Empowering the Women’s Vote exhibition. Hear about the ideas behind their poster designs, why they believe it is important to vote, and what the 19th amendment means to them. Panelists will include Stamps School of Art & Design professors Audrey Bennett and Hannah Smotrich, and MSU professor Kelly Salchow Macarthur.
When: Thursday, Oct. 29, 12–1:30 p.m. EDT
This talk will explore three particular ceramic contexts that reveal aspects of Dakhleh’s wine production in the Roman period, via ostraka and wine jars; about olive oil production and exportation, through the history of its kegs; and about the lives of the councilmen and clergy, through imported amphorae and local finewares.
When: Thursday, Oct. 29, 6–7 p.m. EDT
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance is set to present an amazing evening of musical theatre, choral music, and solo voice performances during the annual Grand Night for Singing concert. Grand Night for Singing will focus on the themes of community and connection, with repertoire including traditional songs that speak to our need for communal singing and also feature new social justice songs.
When: Thursday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. EDT
U-M LIBRARY: BOOKS AND PRESS UNDER DIFFERENT REGIMES OF POWER: THE PHILIPPINES BETWEEN 1850 AND 1950
Join the U-M Library for these four talks about book history in the Philippines, organized by the U-M and Universidad Complutense de Madrid: “Under Three Flags, 1896-1946: A Brief History of Philippine Book History,” “Contested Readings of US Empire in the Philippines,” Sarah Steinbock-Pratt, “Culture and Science in Philippine Journalism, 1850-1900,” and “The Printing of Spanish language Literature in the Philippines and its Digital Preservation Today.”
When: Friday, Oct. 30, 9–10:30 a.m. EDT
Whether you are unsure about trick-or-treat this year or looking for some smart fun before you show off your costume, join the UMMNH for Halloween@Home, a live virtual event. With spooky science demos, you’re sure to have a howling good time. You will also get to vote for the People’s Choice Award from our Frightening Fun Costume Contest!
When: Saturday, Oct. 31, 4:30–6 p.m. EDT
RECURRING SERIES EVENTS
Nusrat Durrani is a pioneering media executive and award-winning creative renowned for cutting-edge work in television, film, digital and social media. This event opens with the world premiere of Durrani’s newest film, An American Prayer. The film chronicles the magic, loss, and reincarnation of the American Dream told through the stories and incantations of its citizens. There will be a live Q&A following the webcast on 10/30 with the cast and crew.
When: Friday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. EDT
Next up: Pedro Reyes and Magalí Arriola: A Conversation
Sheryl Oring returns to University of Michigan for a month-long performance of “I Wish to Say” from Sept. 29 – Nov. 1, as part of the university’s Democracy & Debate Theme Semester in collaboration with Stamps Gallery. In this project, Oring invites university students across the country to dictate a message to the next president, typing the notes on vintage typewriters.
When: Tuesdays, 4:30–6:30 p.m. EDT; Sundays, 1–3 p.m. EDT through Nov. 1.
T. Ayo Alston teaches and practices a signature theatrical style of West African drum and dance culture that captures the strength and power of women and community. Ayo is the founder, executive director, composer, and choreographer of Ayodele Drum and Dance, a performance training organization created for women to affirm their self-confidence and strength. Through Ayodele, she has performed, educated, fostered interpersonal healing, and created artistic work from a foundation of traditional African cultures fused with contemporary dance styles.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6:30–7:30 p.m. EDT
Next up: Antonio Disla, a Performing Afro-Dominican-American in New York City
The Zell Visiting Writers Series is a reading series featuring writers from all over North America and from abroad, as well as from our Michigan community. Megha Majumdar was born and raised in Kolkata, India and moved to the US to attend college at Harvard University, followed by graduate school in social anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Her work tackles class, fate, corruption, justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet nurture big dreams in a country spinning toward extremism.
When: Reading and Q&A on Thursday, Oct. 29, 5–6:30 p.m. EDT. Craft Lecture: “Opening Pages, Acquisitions, and Demystifying Publishing” on Friday, Oct. 30, 10–11 a.m. EDT.
Next up: Author Patricia Smith
This series, “Rites of Reading: Elephant, Donkey, Bull Moose, and Others,” is set in the context of the Democracy & Debate theme semester. Guest speakers examine how animal stories have shaped U.S. presidents and their children. Martha Darling, a member of the National Wildlife Federation’s President’s Leadership Council, speaks on the conservation efforts of editorial cartoonist and conservationist Ding Darling, and his relationships with Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
When: Thursday, Oct. 29, 3–3:30 p.m. EDT
LRCCS NOON LECTURE SERIES: “MONUMENTAL FRIENDSHIP CHINESE CERAMICS IN THE JAMES MARSHALL PLUMER MEMORIAL COLLECTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MUSEUM OF ART”
Natsu Oyobe is Curator of Asian Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. She will be discussing the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, which consists of Chinese ceramics, bronze wares, Buddhist sculptures, and other East Asian art works donated by his family and friends in memory of the prominent U-M professor of East Asian art, James Marshall Plumer (1899–1960)
When: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 12–1 p.m. EDT
In advance of the Presidential election, UMMA and U-M’s Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning created the “Dialogue Deck for Personal and Political Reflection.” The Dialogue Deck pairs twelve images from UMMA’s permanent collection with provocative discussion prompts designed to encourage conversation and reflection about US culture and politics.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. EDT
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 Francisco Nunez, founder and artistic director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.
When: Saturday, Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. EDT
Next up: Ashley Hall, career coaching manager at Longy School of Music.
If you would like your event to be included in this week’s “Attend at Home” series, email firstname.lastname@example.org.