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ICYMI, Part 1: Fall 2020 Events and Exhibitions

ICYMI, Part 1: Fall 2020 Events and Exhibitions

Between Oct. 2 and Oct. 26 of this year, Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama's outdoor installation, "In-Between the World and Dreams" could be seen at the U-M Museum of Art. Mahama was one of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series guests this season. Photo: Eric Bronson/Michigan Photography.

Many events and exhibitions had to shift to a virtual format this semester, but luckily, that means many of them are still available for people to enjoy online. In the coming weeks, we are highlighting some of the top events and exhibitions from this semester that you can revisit, in case you missed it.

Stamps School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speakers Series

The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series brings respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields directly to your screen of choice with the support of their streaming partners, Detroit Public Television and PBS Books. This fall, one of its events featured the collaborators of the ambitious Institute for the Humanities-led project, In-Between the World and Dreams. The work was created by Ibrahim Mahama, an internationally known Ghanaian artist and Director of the Savannah Center for the Arts in Tamale, Ghana, who spent nearly three weeks directing a team at U-M to install his three part exhibition, which included installations at the Humanities Gallery and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, as well as a stunning installation that blanketed the exterior of the U-M Museum of Art—his first large-scale outdoor installation in the US.

Stamps School of Art & Design 2020 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

The University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design’s annual undergraduate juried exhibition showcases the best work produced by Stamps undergraduate students each year. For 2020, the exhibition shifted from its traditional format to a “digital first” exhibition featuring photo documentation and video artist statements of student work online. 

“Wear Your Mask” by Jacob Yu (BFA’23) was awarded the Guy Palazzola Memorial for excellent student work at the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition.

U-M Humanities House Calls

Over the summer, the U-M Institute for the Humanities hosted a YouTube interview series titled “House Calls: Virtual Studio Visits with Michigan Artists in a Pandemic.” It featured interviews with 10 Michigan-based artists chatting with U-M Institute for the Humanities staff. Among the artists featured was Sarah Rose Sharp, whose exhibition is currently on view at the Humanities Online Gallery.

U-M Residential College Register. Vote. Dance for Democracy! 

The night before the general election, the RC hosted a virtual dance party with music, PSAs and special guest appearances to celebrate democratic engagement across the partisan divide. The event featured performances by local favorites Sabbatical Bob, Kektus, Nova Zaii with Kultur Grenade, and the legendary Detroit-based techno wizards Inner City that you can still get up and dance to! The event was sponsored by the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the U-M Museum of Art, the Ginsberg Center, the Democracy and Debate Semester and, MUSIC Matters. 

Michigan Marching Band Hail To The Frontline Heroes 

In the first-ever digital halftime show for the Michigan Marching Band featured an entirely student-performed and edited performance titled “Hail to the Frontline Heroes.” To meet the challenges of COVID-19, heroes across the world continue to go above and beyond to keep us safe. Join the MMB in thanking essential workers and honoring those we have lost during the pandemic with a special virtual halftime performance.

Clements Library “No, not even for a picture”: Re-examining the Native Midwest and Tribes’ Relations to the History of Photography

Early American photographers were motivated by curiosity, adventure, and money and sought images that recorded the people and events of this new frontier, which could be sold within an expanding market eager for those stories. This exhibition examines the photographic styles and practices that recorded the people, activities, stereotypes, and myths of this important time, focusing on the Anishinaabe people of the Great Lakes region and beyond. This online resource and exhibition was created by two U-M students and all materials are from the Richard Pohrt Jr. Collection of Native American Photography at the Clements Library unless otherwise noted.

“Hiawatha Pageant – First Contact” was photographed by Grace Chandler Horn ca. 1920. Horn’s photographs of the local Hiawatha pageants were offered for sale in her photography shop in Petoskey. (David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography)