Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of September 28th
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.
Join Justin Bonfiglio for a discussion/workshop about Open Access. Open Access is often defined as, “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” Please register if you plan to attend.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 3–3:50 p.m. EDT
UM SUFFRAGE 2020 EVENT: “MOVEMENTS TO EXPAND THE FRANCHISE AND PERFECT OUR DEMOCRACY: A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE”
Join the U-M Institute for Research on Women & Gender as they welcome Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, Anita Earls. Justice Earls is an African-American civil rights attorney, educator, and founder of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ). Her lecture will examine the fight for women’s suffrage in light of her experiences in voting rights mobilization in the South and bridge past and present struggles for voting rights.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 4–5:30 p.m. EDT
Join UMS as they kick off the Digital Artist Residencies, and meet each artist to learn about the focus of each of their residencies, how they are responding creatively to current events, and how that translates into creating art that can live in both the digital and live performances spaces. This year’s residency artists are Wendell Pierce, Tunde Olaniran, Cleo Parker Robinson, Joyce DiDonato, Brian Lobel and Gweneth-Ann Rand, Tarek Yamani, and the Spektral Quartet.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 29–Wednesday, Sept. 30
This year has tested mayoral leadership like no other. Join the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Poverty Solutions to learn from four leading mayors how they respond tactically to emergent crises while sustaining progress toward long-term goals. This event will feature mayors Jacob Frey (Minneapolis, MN), Lori Lightfoot (Chicago, IL), Libby Schaaf (Oakland, CA) and Michael Tubbs (Stockton, CA).
When: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m. EDT
In conjunction with the exhibition “Real and Imagined: Fabric Works and Video Animations by Heidi Kumao” on view at Stamps Gallery, this virtual exhibition tour with artist Heidi Kumao features her works in the show, her process, and themes, followed by a live Q&A. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
When: Thursday, Oct. 1, 12:30–1:30 p.m. EDT
How can we interpret the Black Lives Matter movement, anti-police brutality protests, and resulting backlash through an intersectional feminist lens? What are the gender and racial politics involved and how do they intersect with the nomination of Senator Kamala Harris as the vice-presidential candidate? IRWG brings together a panel of scholars who study race, gender, protest, politics, and the media to reflect on and help make meaning of the current socio-political moment.
When: Friday, Oct. 2, 1–2:30 p.m. EDT
RECURRING SERIES EVENTS
The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series is pleased to announce the Fall 2020 lineup, bringing respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields direct to your screen of choice. Join two of our country’s most accomplished storytellers, Ken Burns and Isabel Wilkerson, as they discuss the complexities of the American narrative and how grappling with the past might lead us forward.
When: Friday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m. EDT
Next up: Form&Seek Design Collective: Never Normal
Cookbooks, recipes, and the kitchen can reveal a great deal about women’s experiences in the past. Join the Clements Library for a conversation between curators and historians about what you can find in these oft-overlooked sources, including hints about women’s political engagement. This program is the second of three sessions in our Fall 2020 Discover Series: Women’s History in the Archives.
When: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 4–5 p.m. EDT
Jen Shyu (“Shyu” pronounced “Shoe” in English, Chinese name: 徐秋雁, Pinyin: Xúqiūyàn) is a groundbreaking, multilingual vocalist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, 2019 United States Artists Fellow, 2016 Doris Duke Artist, and was voted 2017 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star Female Vocalist. During this session, Shyu will also perform new works composed during the lockdown period that are centered around quarantine as well as the Black Lives Matter movement.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m. EDT
Next up: Javier Cardona Otero, a performing artist, critical educator, and facilitator of art experiences as education.
During the Fall Term, CSAS will make the documentaries from the 2020 Film South Asia film festival available to our community. Following the agreement with the copyright holders, each film will be available for 12 hours, from 2 pm of the day, until 2 am the morning after. This week’s films are “Scratches on Stone” by Amit Mahanti (India) and “Listen” by Min Min Ho (Myanmar).
When: Friday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m.–Saturday, Oct. 3, 2 a.m. EDT
Next up: “The Winter Tap” by Aashish Limbu & Debin Rai (Nepal) and “Badshah Lear” by Anant Raina (India)
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 Steven Banks, composer and member of the Cleveland Orchestra.
When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m. EDT
Next up: Ian Saunders, fellow at the Cincinnati Symphony