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?

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Medieval Times

Creativity Campers, and any other kids who think it's a shame they weren't born in a time of lords and ladies, knights, and castles, can come to the Downtown Library's youth department and find books on the back of the new shelf that will transport them back to the middle-ages!

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Eco-Friendly Art!

After finishing your eco-friendly art projects, come find books on the back of the new shelf in the library's youth department that talk about the Earth and ways we can save it!

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Famous Artists

From Da Vinci to Warhol kids can check out the back of the new materials shelf in the youth department for lots of cool information on master artists and their masterpieces!

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Sculpture

Every week the AADL has been creating displays for the Ann Arbor Art Center Creativity Camp's theme of the week on the back of the new books shelf in the Youth Department. These books are for anyone interested in the theme to check out. This week's theme is sculpture. Do you know who created the sculpture on the cover of the book pictured here? It's a favorite of mine. Come find out at the library!

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