Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Ann Arbor Public Schools Annual Student Art Exhibit

Now through May 28, 2014 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit, Downtown Library: Youth Wall Exhibit

Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Friday May 2, 2014: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library Lobby And 3rd Floor

American Institute of Architects Huron Valley 2008 Honor Awards Recipients

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On Display at the Downtown Library Third Floor Exhibit Area, June 2 through July 16.

As part of its commitment to advancing the contemporary understanding of architecture, the Huron Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Huron Valley) announced the recipients of its 2008 Honor Awards Program at its annual awards ceremony at the University of Michigan’s League on April 18th, 2008.

Fifteen projects, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area were submitted for consideration by an independent jury. Four of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award. All submissions will be exhibited at several locations throughout the year.

Ink Drawings on Paper by Aleksis Lahti

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Aleksis Lahti was born in Ann Arbor and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1963 with a BS in design. He also attended the Accademia Di Belle Arte in Florence, Italy. He has been self-employed since 1967 doing architectural, interior, product, and graphic design, and has taught drawing at Lawrence Technological University for more than thirty years.

According to the artist, "These new drawings just happen. I add small elements of line or color a little at a time. Any of these drawings could go on and on. They are finished only because I stop drawing. The line or color cannot be removed. I can only go forward not back." The drawings will be on display at Malletts Creek Branch from May 2 through June 16, 2009.

Michael Flynn's Ferrofluid Magnetoscope

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Try it yourself! Control powerful magnets and levitate a puddle of ferrofluid in this amazing hands-on exhibit in the Downtown Library lobby. The exhibit will be on display for through March 18. To learn more about Michael Flynn's work, visit www.FunExhibits.com.

Library patron Sean Patrick visited a few days ago and made this high quality film of the magnetoscope, set to the music of his local band, In Braille. We love it when our patrons are inspired by the Library!

A ferrofluid Magnetoscope at the AADL? Come check it out!

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Control powerful magnets and levitate a puddle of ferrofluid in this new hands-on exhibit by inventor, Michael Flynn. Ferrofluid is a nano-engineered oil containing magnetic particles that are only 5 nanometers in diameter. Rapid advancements in nanotechnology are harnessing many other surprising properties from nanoscale physics for use in our normal, full-scale experience. You can learn more about this exhibit at www.FunExhibits.com, and during the month of March you come see it in action at the Downtown AADL!

Underground Railroad Display

Enjoy colorful creations by Judy Schmidt of Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild fame who incorporated the Monkey Wrench, Flying Geese, Bear Paw and other designs into her beautiful quilts. Stop by the glass case in the Downtown Youth Department to see books about the Underground Railroad and the much discussed Quilt Code and then check out Karen Simpson's lovely quilts on the far wall of the Youth Department. Maybe they will inspire you to color a quilt design of your own and hang it beside hers!

Notice the Nutcrackers

If you are indulging yourselves in a performance of the Nutcracker this season, make sure to stop in to the Downtown Youth Room and see the small collection of colorful Nutcrackers in the glass display case. Santa, a pirate, an artist, Robinhood and a royal nutcracker are awaiting your arrival.

Tattoo Artists Showing Their Stuff

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The creative energy in this community is mind-blowing, evidenced by the current exhibit at the Gallery Project. From 10/29 thru 12/7/08 take a look at Flash, an exhibition of original graphic art of tattoo culture worldwide. The artists include Jeff Zuck, Kerri Baker, Leo Zulueta,and Dianne Mansfield, all currently from Ann Arbor. Pssst.... Leo is world renowned and will be presenting in the MPR downtown in February 2009. Stay tuned!

The Local Migrant Farm Worker

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Have you been to the The Migrant Project exhibit on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library? The photos show the stark reality of the toil California migrant workers face in their daily lives. Locally, The Neutral Zone will display the youth perspectives that embody life as a Migrant Farm Worker. The exhibit is from 2:00-3:30 this Sunday October 19. There will also be refreshments. Donations will be accepted.

LEGO & Graffiti Contest Entries are now online

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Take a look at some of the best talent Ann Arbor has to offer! All of the entries to the AADL's 2008 LEGO Contest and the 2008 Graffiti Art Contest are now online as a part of our online photo gallery, pictureAnnArbor. The Graffiti Art Contest gallery features over 40 creations by local teen artists made right here in the AADL's backyard. And the LEGO Contest gallery features every one of the 130 entries that came in this year. Come check out your own work, your friends' work, or just get some inspiration for your own artistic creations.

Don't forget that the 2008 Graffiti Art Contest entries are also on display in the Downtown Library until August 28.

Get a Sneak Peek of the new Traverwood Branch!

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Missing your neighborhood branch this June? Head over to UM’s Art, Architecture and Engineering Library in the Duderstadt Center on North Campus for a sneak peek at AADL’s new Traverwood Branch. Featuring photographs of the construction process and material samples from inside and outside the branch, the exhibit covers many fascinating aspects of the building’s design, such as the extensive incorporation of ash trees from the site. The exhibit is on display in the central atrium on the second floor of the Duderstadt Center, located just over a mile from the site of the new branch. Stop by and get ready for June 30!

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