Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of September 7th
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.
ART AROUND TOWN
The downtown Ann Arbor area is full of vibrant arts organizations, businesses, and public art. This self-guided art tour by Arts at Michigan will welcome you to the rich arts culture that the downtown area has to offer. Enjoy this tour from the comfort of your own space or follow along on foot by following the Google map!
UMS DIGITAL PRESENTATION: PAUL TAYLOR: CELEBRATE THE DANCEMAKER
Join University of Michigan dance historian and educator Angela Kane and Paul Taylor Dance Company Artistic Director Michael Novak for a unique viewing experience that celebrates the mind, work, and legacy of one of the world’s greatest dance makers: Paul Taylor. In collaboration with The Taylor Archives, Kane and Novak will take audiences through rarely-seen footage of several iconic Taylor works, culminating in a full viewing of his 2002 Promethean Fire.
When: Friday, September 11- Monday, September 21
CEW+ ADVOCACY SYMPOSIUM: “THE EPIC HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN’S PURSUIT OF POLITICAL POWER — AND HOW IT TRANSFORMED AMERICA”
Join CEW+ for its annual fall Symposium themed Creating Change through Introspection, Dialogue, and Action. The 2020 Symposium will begin with a keynote lecture by Dr. Martha Jones, who will discuss the role of Black women in the civil rights and voting rights movements and the ongoing struggle for voting rights for different populations.
When: Thursday, September 10, 2:30-5 p.m. ET
SONIC SCENOGRAPHIES VIRTUAL EXHIBITION AND PUBLIC FORUM
Sonic Scenographies is a multidisciplinary research program that challenges students to explore the possibilities of learning, design and performance in the digital spaces. With the support of faculty mentors, student teams have spent the summer speculating on ways performance is influenced by digital space.
When: Thursday, September 10, 6-7:45 p.m. ET
ART & ACTIVISM: CREATIVE CAMPAIGN POSTER MAKING
UMMA Student Program Assistant Emily Considine will introduce some examples of campaign graphics and poster styles and Michigan-based artist Shayla Johnson will show you how to create a unique poster (or tote bag) featuring your own personal slogan. UMMA will provide a supply kit you can pick up ahead of time. You must register by Sunday, September 6 to participate.
When: Saturday, September 12, 2-3 p.m. ET
Recurring Series Events
UMS PRESENTS YOU CAN DANCE—OUTSIDE! WITH JODIE RANDOLPH
During the months of August, September, and October, UMS’s popular You Can Dance series will be moving outdoors, where dancers and “curious movers” can participate while socially distanced. Advance registration is required. In this workshop, Jodie Randolph teaches the basics of modern dance.
When: Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m. ET
UMMA EXHIBITION: UNSETTLING HISTORIES: LEGACIES OF SLAVERY AND COLONIALISM
Organized as a response to the Museum’s recent acquisition of Titus Kaphar’s Flay (James Madison), this upcoming reinstallation of one of our most prominent gallery spaces forces us to grapple with our collection of European and American art, 1650-1850. In this online exhibition, you can explore the UMMA’s efforts to deeply question the Museum’s collection and past complicity in favoring colonial voices.
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. This week, listen to a conversation with composer Jessie Montgomery of the Dallas Symphony.
When: Saturday, September 12, 10:30 a.m. ET
Next up: Terri Lyne Carrington, composer and member of the Cleveland Orchestra
ARK FAMILY ROOM SERIES: ROCHELLE CLARK & JASON DENNIE
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, listen to Rochelle Clark and Jason Dennie, a real merging of songwriting and instrumental talents
When: Wednesday, September 9, 8 p.m. ET
Next up: Joshua Davis (9/11)