Diversity Events Calendar

—updated May 13, 2015

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On-going Events

  • Guido van der Werve: Nummer veertien, home
    Nummer veertien, home, Dutch artist Guido van der Werve’s 54-minute film, weaves together three stories of journeys away from home: the death of Frédéric Chopin in Paris and his sister’s quest to bring the composer’s heart back to his native Poland for burial; van der Werve’s own quest to retrace, in reverse, the route of Chopin’s heart in a three-week, thousand-mile trek of biking, running, and swimming; and the story of Alexander the Great, a traveling warrior who is one of van der Werve’s personal heroes.
    The film explores themes that are common in van der Werve’s work: extreme physical and mental endurance, man’s struggle with the intensity of nature, the interplay of history and geography, the power of melancholy, and the solitary traveler. The artist’s signature sensibility—simultaneously surreal and deadpan—is accentuated in the film by the full orchestra that accompanies him on every stage of his journey. Van der Werve spent a year composing the film’s score, a classical requiem for 40 voices and 20 strings, and the film’s structure mirrors that of the requiem: three movements of four acts apiece, with each act introduced by title shots to reinforce this organizational system. The tripartite framework underscores the three legs of van der Werve’s personal triathlon and the three odysseys that intersect and inform one another throughout the film.
    DATES: December 13, 2014 through April 26, 2015
    LOCATION: UMMA, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI
    SPONSOR: Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment.
    Admission is free. Galleries open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 to 5 pm; closed Mondays. Building open seven days a week, 8 am to 6 pm. Closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

  • Francis W. Kelsey Exhibit:
    "Now or Never": Collecting, Documenting, and Photographing the Aftermath of World War I in the Middle East
    DATES: Wednesday, January 14th - Friday, April 24, 2015
    LOCATION: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Audubon Room
    SPONSOR: Armenian Studies Program
  • Re-Imaging Gender - A Juried Art Exhibition
    The Re-imaging artists, MFA students enrolled at Michigan and CIC universities (Big 10, plus Chicago), responded to an IRWG-issued Call for Art. The result is an exhibition of 17 works in a variety of media, including photography, paint, lithograph, mixed media, and video, which reflect new understandings of gender.
    DATES: Thursday, January 15th - Friday, June 26, 2015
    LOCATION: Lane Hall Gallery
    SPONSOR: Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the U-M Department of Women's Studies
  • HE: The Hergott Shepard Photography Collection
    For more than 25 years, Los Angeles-based collectors Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard have built a world-class collection of contemporary art that is focused on men and male identity as its subject matter. This exhibition features works from their vast holdings in photography. Guest curator Mario Codognato examines the lives of men in contemporary Western societies—with all their contradictions—through themes of competition and solidarity, confrontation with identity, and diverse explorations of the body and sexuality (as both sign and experience). Together, these thematic groups form a fictional, somewhat idealized, tale in 13 chapters, inviting viewers to reflect upon their own stories as well.
    Drawing upon the Hergott Shepard collection as well as select works gifted by the collectors to the Hammer Museum at UCLA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), the exhibition will include more than 60 works by some of the most important names in late 20th and early 21st century art, including Doug Aitken, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Rineke Dijkstra, Gilbert and George, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, Herb Ritts, Thomas Ruff, Andres Serrano, and Wolfgang Tillmans.
    DATES: February 14 - June 14, 2015
    LOCATION: UMMA, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI
    SPONSORS: Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and the University of Michigan Health System. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs, Department of the History of Art, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Institute for the Humanities, and Residential College, and the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.
    Admission is free. Galleries open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 to 5 pm; closed Mondays. Building open seven days a week, 8 am to 6 pm. Closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

  • Hana Hamplová: Meditations on Paper
    Inspired by a story by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal, Czech photographer Hana Hamplová created a memorable body of work during the 1970s based on how important paper and the written word are to civilization—including how easily writings and, consequently knowledge, can be lost. This exhibition, consisting of 19 photographs from UMMA’s collection, was inspired by the presence of the Frank Gehry chair made of cardboard in UMMA’s Design Gallery, and of and the need to address how artists from different cultures (present-day America and communist Czechoslovakia) view a commodity as common as paper.
    DATES: February 21 - August 9, 2015
    LOCATION: UMMA, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI
    SPONSOR: Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Center for European Studies, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.
    Admission is free. Galleries open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 to 5 pm; closed Mondays. Building open seven days a week, 8 am to 6 pm. Closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

  • Exhibition: Ramiro Gomez: Cut-Outs
    Artist Ramiro Gomez's life-sized cardboard figures make visible the "invisible," the predominantly Hispanic workforce of affluent areas of Los Angeles.
    DATES: April 15th - June 8th, 2015
    TIME: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday,
    LOCATION: Institute for the Humanities Gallery, 202 S. Thayer, Ann Arbor

  • Exhibit: Photo 51: Is Corruption in Russia's DNA?
    This photography exhibit by Misha Friedman attempts to capture the pervasive culture of corruption in Russia.
    DATES: Saturday, May 9th - Saturday, June 20th
    LOCATION: Work Gallery, 306 State Street, Ann Arbor
    SPONSOR: Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design

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May is National Mental Health Month.

ADHD Video for Mental Health Awareness Month


June 1, 2015 - Monday

  • Mental Health Awareness Month Event:
    Parenting Through Separation and Divorce
    Registration is required for this event. Register by 5 p.m. on June 1, 2015.
    DATE: Monday, June 1st
    TIME: 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Please arrive early. Our event starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. Late attendees may not be admitted.
    LOCATION: University Center for the Child and Family, 500 E. Washington, Suite 100

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June 7, 2015 - Sunday

  • Fourth Annual Garden Concert: Peony Blossoms & Pure Melodies
    Bring your lawn chairs to the Arboretum peony garden and join us at the 4th annual garden concert! An afternoon of live vocal concert, featuring Chinese flower songs, will be performed by the CIUM Singers (sung in Chinese). This annual garden concert is presented by the U-M Confucius Institute and U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Free and open to the public. Featuring the CIUM Singers.
    DATE: Sunday, June 7th (*Rain date: June 14, 2:00 PM)
    TIME: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
    LOCATION: Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts., Ann Arbor
    SPONSOR: Confucius Institute

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June 14, 2015 - Sunday

  • Mental Health Awareness Month Event:
    A Jazz Tribute to Louis Smith: Raising Awareness for Aphasia
    An Afternoon of Music and Hope Featuring the Paul Keller Ensemble, a three horn jazz septet consisting of trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, bass, drums and vocalist Susan Chastain.
    DATE: Sunday, June 14th
    TIME: 2:00 PM
    LOCATION: Babs' Underground Lounge, 213 Ashley Street, Ann Arbor, MI

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June 18, 2015 - Thursday

  • Family Art Studio: Ann Arbor Japan Week
    Local artist and long-time UMMA docent Susan Clinthorne will lead families on an exploration of Japanese art followed by a hands-on workshop. Using materials that invoke the bright colors and bold lines of Japanese Kabuki Prints, create your own art project inspired by the heroes and villains of Japanese legend. Designed for families with children ages 6-12 to experience art together. Advance registration required. Email umma-program-registration@umich.edu to secure your place.
    In conjunction with U-M Center for Japanese Studies' Ann Arbor Japan Week, June 14-20.
    DATE: Thursday, June 18th
    TIMES: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM or 2:00 - 4:00 PM
    LOCATION: University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

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June 25, 2015 - Thursday

  • Traditional, Cuban & Avant Garde Jazz: Global Jazz Project
    Based out of Detroit and Ann Arbor, the Global Jazz Project plays jazz from traditional, to Cuban, to Avant Garde. This performance will include vocalist Kim Vox, Dave Sharp on bass, Jerry LeDuff on percussion and Mark Hershberger on saxophones. They are joined by additional great Detroit players on special request. These unique jazz musicians individually and collectively have 100 years of music performance to their credit, including international and national concerts, festivals, clubs and more. This concert is part of the UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series by Gifts of Art.
    DATE: Thursday, June 25th
    TIME: 12 noon - 1:00 PM
    LOCATION: University Hospital Courtyard
    Rain location: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor
    SPONSOR: Gifts of Art Free Concert

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