Attend at home: U-M events and exhibitions for the week of May 4th | Arts & Culture

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Attend at home: U-M events and exhibitions for the week of May 4th

Attend at home: U-M events and exhibitions for the week of May 4th

This week, tour Kelsey Museum's current online exhibition, “Randal Stegmeyer: Exposing the Past” online.

UMMA Student Send-off

Staff members at the U-M Museum of Art have selected several works from their collection and have written Dr. Seuss-inspired poems to accompany them for graduating 2020 seniors. Browse their selections and choose your own to send to a graduate this week. 


When: Anytime this week

SMTD and UMMA Present: “the little match girl passion” 

Join the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the U-M Museum of Art for the virtual premiere of David Lang’s Pulitzer-Prize winning work “the little match girl passion,” performed by the U-M Chamber Choir. Originally performed at the U-M Museum of Art on Feb. 18, 2020, the concert tells the story of “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen. The performance opened Lang’s week-long William Bolcom Guest Residency at the U-M. Throughout the virtual premiere, Eugene Rogers, director of choral activities and conductor of chamber choir, Matthew Ozawa, assistant professor and stage director, and several student performers will be answering your questions in the video’s comments section. Learn about the performance, the rehearsal process, the chamber choir, and more. “the little match girl passion” is part of SMTD’s new virtual performance series SMTD Presents, where new performances premiere each week at

Where: Facebook Live event at

When: Thursday, May 7th, 8-9 pm EDT

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology: “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, his work for other U-M and Michigan cultural institutions. It also includes photographs from some of his wide-ranging personal projects

Where: Online at

When: Anytime

Penny Stamps Speaker Series + DPTV Present David Turnley

Keeping the community curious, engaged, and connected, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series has teamed up with Detroit Public Television to stream select Penny Stamps Speaker Series talks from the archive to stream on Fridays at 8 p.m. This Friday, tune in to for a presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Turnley, He is also an associate professor at the U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and Residential College. Turnley is considered by many to be one of the best documentary photographers working today. Winner of two World Press Photos of the Year, and the Robert Capa Award for Courage, he has photographed the human condition in some 75 countries around the world over the last 40 years. In the meantime, check out his most recent project, where U-M students document their lives in quarantine. 


When: Friday, May 8th, at 8 p.m. EDT

Next up: May 15, author and illustrator Brian Selznick

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. 

Where: Online at

When: Anytime

The Clements Bookworm: A book circle for history lovers

Join the U-M William L. Clements Library staff, fellows and supporters in a discussion about the books they are reading. Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time at 10 a.m., they invite you to pull up a chair at the [virtual] table. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy a snack while you watch commentators in a live feed.

Where: Register at In your confirmation email, find the link “click Here to join” to enter the meeting.

When: Fridays, 10 a.m.—10:30 a.m. EDT