Day With(out) Art

On Monday, December 1, 5 p.m. at the Hussey Room, Michigan League (911 N. University), renowned poet, memoirist, biographer and playwright Honor Moore will present a reading as part of the 2008 Day With(out) Art observance. Her most recent work The Bishop's Daughter: a memoir discusses her father, an Episcopal priest and civil rights activist who struggled with his sexuality. Moore teaches in the graduate writing programs at the New School and Columbia University School of the Arts.

Since 1989, Day With(out) Art is observed as a national day of recognition and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. Today some 8000 organizations annually come together to acknowledge the devastating toll that HIV and AIDS have taken on the worldwide creative and performing arts communities.

As a museum devoted to fostering and presenting creative expression and to preserving culture memory, University of Michigan Museum of Art has long been committed to participation in this day of remembrance. The event is free and open to the public.

School of Art and Design Accepting Art Submissions

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I've never trusted the letter V, as it's a violent, vacuous vessel with a decidedly violet hue. Now if only I could paint, I'd create a canvas that expresses this synaestesia -- where one sense influences another -- and submit it to the UM School of Art and Design. They're currently seeking submissions in all media for an exhibition called "The Five Senses," where neuroscience meets art. The exhibition, which will run from March 18 - April 3, will be held at their Work : Ann Arbor gallery on State Street, where it will coincide with the Ann Arbor Film Festival's free panels and lectures next year. Submit your sense-ational artwork today.

Take an Adventure to Cranbrook Art Museum!

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Check out a Museum Adventure Pass, good for admission for 2, and take a trip to see the current Andy Warhol exhibit. The exhibit, titled Andy Warhol: Grand Slam Paintings, Photographs, Prints, and Films, runs through January 11 and features more than 200 signature examples of the artist’s work. There are a limited number of Adventure Passes available at each AADL location and they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Get Your Gauguin On

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Or does Picasso pique your interest? We have hundreds of framed Art Prints for you to borrow to redecorate your home or office. Browse the catalog by Media if you know the title of a print or take a look on the second or third floors to see what we have available. It's a refreshing way to embellish your space and we have so Manet to choose from!

It's Almost Here - The "NEW" University of Michigan Museum of Art

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On Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15, 9 am–12 pm, UMMA staff and volunteers will host an information open house outside the Museum's historic home, Alumni Memorial Hall (525 South State Street) to share refreshments and excitement about UMMA's reopening in spring 2009.

For a sneak preview of the new and renovated museum - check out the Michigan Daily article and the many stunning photos.

Great Museum Adventures

It’s always exciting to visit the wide variety of museums in southeast Michigan, but it's an easy choice as the temperature outside tumbles. The Ann Arbor District Library helps by participating in the Museum Adventure Pass program, which offers free admission passes for 2 or 4 people to regional museums. People of all ages enjoy strolling through the large spaces museums give to fascinating displays of art, musical instruments, scientific tools and ideas, dinosaur fossils, human artifacts and chunks of ancient earth. AADL has a great collection of books and DVDs about art, artists and museums for all ages. The Arts Alliance is a active group that provides information about arts in this area.

Master Photographers from the UMMA Collection, September 20, 2008 – January 3, 2009

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In anticipation of UMMA’s reopening in early 2009, The Infinite Landscape: Master Photographers from the UMMA Collection presents some of the most compelling landscape images from the Museum’s own renowned collection.

“Since the dawn of photography, practitioners have used the medium as a tool to make sense of our surroundings and create meaning within the larger world”. From a selection of classic views by such artists as Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, and William Henry Fox Talbot to the contemporary sublime of Michael Kenna, these images reflect 19th- and 20th-century European and American artists responding to the natural environment. Among the other photographers included are Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, William Jackson, and Andre Kertesz. This exhibition will also showcase several new acquisitions on view for the first time.

Join Senior Curator of Western Art Carole McNamara for the Curator’s talk on Sunday, September 21, 3 p.m. @ UMMA Off/Site, 1301 S. University, Ann Arbor.

New Exhibit at the Argus Museum

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Come and see what a bunch of talented photographers can do with a vintage Argus, once the largest-selling American-made 35mm camera, first produced here in Ann Arbor. The exhibit, "Vintage Argus: Contemporary Images," is sponsored by the Ann Arbor Area Crappy Camera Club (A3C3), the Argus Museum, and the Michigan Photographic Historical Society (MiPHS) and is located in the original Argus Building (home of the Argus Museum) at 535 W. William St. The exhibit runs through October 12 and is open to the public 9-5 p.m. weekdays. Opening reception is Friday, September 12, 6-9 p.m.

"Guernica": Picasso's testament to the horrors of war

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On September 10, 1981, Picasso's famous painting, "Guernica," was returned to the Prado Museum in Madrid. In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, the Germans bombed the Basque city of Guernica. The horrors of Guernica were immortalized by Picasso in his painting. He was so enraged by the assault that he refused to let "Guernica" be shown in Spain until the dictator, Franco's rule was over. Picasso said, in defense of his painting, "Painting is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy."

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Tell Me a Story- The Wide World of Stories and Tales

From anime, to comic strips, to printmaking, and making books, discover how stories are told through art and how you can create stories and books with your own art. This week the library will be featuring Caldecott Award Winning Books and a variety of guides on comics, illustration, and book design techniques. These can be found on the pillar directly to the right of the new books shelf. Come sharpen your pencils and your art skills! Are you the next Caldecott winner?

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