Arts & Resistance theme semester to engage campus, community
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 and exhibitions that you can experience from home in the meantime. Here are five recommended ways to virtually engage with U-M’s cultural community this week.
The University of Michigan Institute for Humanities’ new streaming video series, “House Calls: Virtual Studio Visits with Michigan Artists in a Pandemic,” showcases 10 artists across the state via video chat with staff of the Institute for the Humanities each, with new episodes release on Wednesdays. This week, they present Ann Arbor artist Lavinia Hanachiuc. Read more about the series here.
When: Wednesdays until June 17th
Next up: Rashaun Rucker, Detroit
The U-M Stamps School’s end-of-year thesis exhibitions for graduating students were either cut short or cancelled this year due to COVID-19. The school quickly launched stampsgrads.org to celebrate graduation and to showcase their work in lieu of in-person gallery presentations and performances. There are three exhibitions to view online:
While the U-M Museum of Art is closed to the public for now, explore the many ways you can engage with the Museum’s collections, educators, and programs, right from home at their new webpage, UMMA at Home. You can stay up-to-date with virtual events, take a virtual tour of the museum, discover the collection and more.
Keeping the community curious, engaged, and connected, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series teamed up with Detroit Public Television to stream select Penny Stamps Speaker Series talks from the archive on Fridays at 8 p.m. This Friday, tune in to dptv.org for a livestream of a previous presentation by Author and illustrator Brian Selznick.
When: New episodes are livestreamed Fridays at 8 p.m.
The streets of New York City were filled with hundreds of cafeterias, self-service eating establishments, during the early to mid-20th Century. Their growth paralleled the rise of the office worker, women’s evolving roles in the work force, immigration, American love of efficiency and novelty, the growth of cities, the impact of Prohibition and the Depression, the labor movement, and American eating habits. Not one cafeteria from that era remains in New York City today. One particular restaurant, Dubrow’s Cafeteria in Brooklyn, was a legendary institution that served as a second home for many of the neighborhood’s elderly residents. Along with another Dubrow’s, a hub of the Garment Center, they provided a restaurant-cum-social club or “third place” for a generation of Jewish New Yorkers. New York City-based photographer Marcia Bricker Halperin documented Dubrow’s and other cafeterias in their waning days, drawn to the memorable faces and the liveliness and sorrow of urban life in that vanished world. This exhibition was originally featured in the U-M Institute for Women and Gender’s Lane Hall Gallery.
Jamie Sherman Blinder