Attend at Home: U-M events and exhibitions for the week of May 18
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 five recommended ways to virtually engage with U-M’s cultural community this week.
UMS On Demand: The Encounter
UMS will offer Complicité’s award-winning immersive theater piece, “The Encounter,” for one full week starting on May 15. “The Encounter” tells the story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre who, in 1969, became lost in a remote part of the Brazilian rainforest while searching for the Mayoruna people. Threading scenes of his own life with details of McIntyre’s journey, Simon McBurney incorporates objects and sound effects into this solo performance to evoke the depths of the Amazon rainforest. The show’s ground-breaking binaural sound design (3D audio) by Olivier Award winner Gareth Fry is transmitted to the audience through headphones and plugs into the power of the imagination, questioning our perceptions of time and our own consciousness. Headphones are required for the full experience, whether you’re watching virtually or in-person, which makes this opportunity perfect for at-home audiences. UMS presented the work in the Power Center in May 2017.
When: Available on demand for one week, May 15–22
DPTV’s “Arts Engines” with SMTD professor Aaron Dworkin
Arts Engines highlights the perspectives of the thought leaders and game-changers who are creating 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 newly launched 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. Tune in on May 23 for an interview with University of Richmond president and cellist Ronald Crutcher.
When: May 23 (new episodes air each Saturday)
Next up: Howard Herring, President of the New World Symphony (May 30)
U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology exhibition: “Randal Stegmeyer: Exposing the past”
U-M Library photographer Randal Stegmeyer has long served as a photographer of choice for the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Randal’s images are featured prominently in Kelsey publications, electronic media and promotional material, and have come to shape how artifacts are seen by scholars, students and the wider public. On the occasion of Randal’s retirement, Kelsey presents an overview of his career in photography, surveying his images of Kelsey Museum artifacts and his work for other U-M and Michigan cultural institutions.
U-M Museum of Natural History “At Home”
Add a little science to your routine with U-M Museum of Natural History’s “Museum at Home” site. Conduct science experiments with household items, participate in community and citizen science or take virtual tours of the museum.
House Calls: Virtual visits with Michigan artists in a pandemic
The U-M Institute for Humanities’ recently launched 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 released on Wednesdays. This week, they present Detroit artist Rashaun Rucker. Read more about the series here.
When: 4 p.m. May 20 (new episodes are released on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. through June 17)
Next up: Yen Azzaro, Ypsilanti (May 27)