Dispel winter gloom with art

Celebrate the birthday of French artist,Edouard Manet by looking at the Library's collection of not only his work but many of the French Impressionists. Manet was born on January 23, 1832 in Paris, France. He did not consider himself an impressionist in the mode of Renoir or Monet but was often seen by others as the father of French Impressionism.

To find out more about artists, whether from the U.S. or other countries, contemporary or ancient, check out Oxford Art Online which you can access from the Library's online catalog. Click on "Research" at the top of the page. You will need an account to log on. It's easy to set one up. You'll find other great resources there too.

Indoor Winter Activity!

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Each year in January, Detroit turns its attention to design and creativity. In 2009 the Detroit Artists Market will take its own look at design with the DAM Design Show, running January 16 through January 31. This show will look at the entire creative process from concept to design to creation of an artistic and functional piece. Ten designers will take on this process in creating “Chair”. The show will exhibit pieces from their creative process, including concept sketches, scale models, and the finished piece. The DAM Design Show will provide an intimate look into how design “happens”, and results in unique functional pieces. The market is open Tuesday- Saturday from 11 to 6, and admission is free to the public. As a bonus to you, be sure to check out a Museum Adventure Pass before you go and get 10% all purchases!

¡Feliz Cumpleaños Diego!

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Today marks the birthday of famed Mexican artist and revolutionary Diego Rivera (1886-1957). Born in Guanajuato in 1886, Rivera showed an interest in art from a young age, and by the time he reached his twenties he had become a well established painter. In 1907, Rivera left Mexico for Europe where he would remain for fourteen years. Rivera was heavily influenced by the Italian Renaissance style of painting known as the fresco form. Upon returning to Mexico, Rivera began using the fresco form in a number of his works. Feeling that it was important to bring art to the people where they lived and worked, Rivera painted murals in public buildings such as universities, hotels, schools, etc. These giant murals often depicted scenes of Mexican history, industrialization, and the worker’s struggle. In the early 1930s Rivera worked on commissions for a number of prominent American businessmen. One of these works included a mural entitled "Detroit Industry" commissioned by Henry Ford to be painted on walls of the Detroit Institute of Art. A tribute to the American industrial worker, the 27 panel mural depicts industrial life in the United States, and that at the Ford Motor Company in particular. Diego was also well known for his marriage to another prominent Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. For more information on Rivera’s life and works, check out author Anne E. Neimark's biography entitled Diego Rivera : artist of the people. The 2002 film Frida also provides an entertaining view of Diego and Frida's tumultuous marriage. If you are intersted in seeing Rivera's Detroit Industry mural in person, you can check out a pass to the Detroit Institute of Art from the ADDL, for more information visit http://www.detroitadventurepass.org/index.php.

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.

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