Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Super Snazz: Multi-Media Collage and Assemblage By Dan Mulholland

Now through August 28, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

New Art Prints from the AADL Collection

Now through September 30, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

AADL Mini-Podcast: Holly Sorscher on Multi-cultural Children's Literature

I recently had a conversation with Holly Sorsher, the creator of our downtown exhibit: The Future of Our Past: The Evolution of Multicultural Children's Literature. Holly is a U of M School of Information student with a special interest in children's books. She worked with librarians and curators at the U of M library Special Collections to create a display of children's books representing the evolution of the genre in its representation of cultures. In our conversation, Holly highlights some of her favorite books and what she sees as the trend towards a more integrated vision of culture and diversity in books for young people.

Take a look at the exhibit while it's still here.

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Capturing Motion at The Gallery Project

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Now until December 6, the Gallery Project in Downtown Ann Arbor will be displaying an exhibit called Capturing Motion. The exhibit features twenty artists, including two of American's top creators of kinetic art, who have created works which pertain to movement. Some pieces move while others simply capture the essence of motion. This exhibit is innovative, exciting, and definitely a worthwhile stop on your night out downtown.

More information can be found here.

Check out a Museum Adventure Pass!

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Looking for something fun and educational to do? Check out a Museum Adventure Pass. One of the many places you can visit using the pass is the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Current exhibits include a tribute to Joe Louis, photography of women of Detroit, mixed media artist Timothy Orikri and more!! While you're there, swing by the gift shop and get 10% off with your pass!

New Orleans Photo Exhibit

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Check out the photo show on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library this month. Like many eager volunteers from around the country, Emma Raynor decided to move down to New Orleans for a few months and help with rebuilding. She had never visited NOLA before the storm. She fell in love with the city as it was, and her show represents a new generation of young adults who are exploring and discovering New Orleans in the raw post-Katrina phase. Ok, I should admit right here that I am the photographer’s proud Mom, who just happens to work at the library, but I know these photos are a tribute to an amazing place! While you're here, check out Patricia Smith’s inspiring poetry collection about Katrina.

Stationary Structures Against A Changing Landscape: Paintings by Amy Gieschen-Thill

On display at Malletts Creek Branch, July 31- August 30

Amy Gieschen-Thill is a photo-representational landscape and figurative painter who has studied fine art with a focus on painting at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and the Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids.

Teen Graffiti Art Contest Entries Now on Display

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All of the entries in the 7th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest are now on display at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and Third Floor Exhibit Area through August 30. You can also check out all of the entries in our online gallery from both this year and last year's contests.

During the 2009 Art Fair, teens from across the area gathered in the Downtown Library’s parking lot to try their hand at the art of Graffiti. Each artist was given a 4' x 4' canvas and a variety of colors of spray paint. Come see the end result, on display through the end of the summer.

Breakfast In The Library and Other Collages by Karen Gallup

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On display at Malletts Creek Branch, June 18 through July 29.

Karen Gallup's collages play with perspective, moving objects out of their natural relationship to one another. She loves to include the implausible and to cause the viewer to do a double take. Her interest in images of books and their colors, texture, size and arrangements, has resulted in the "Library Series", a major part of this exhibition. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, Al, and a dog and cat.

Ann Arbor Art Fair, The Original, 50th Anniversary Exhibit

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On display at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room & Lower Level Glass Display Cases, June 2 through July 19.

To celebrate 50 years of originality, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is exhibiting original posters, art, and photographs spanning its first half-century. Visitors to the exhibit can explore the history of the Fair through narrative panels chronicling each decade from its humble beginnings to its place today as one of the most highly regarded art fairs in North America. Included in the exhibit is an original retablo by artist Nicario Jiminez depicting the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. Also check out the online collection of images from the history of the Fair that is a part of AADL's pictureAnnArbor collection.

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.

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