Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran

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The first survey of contemporary Iranian photography to be presented in the United States, Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran, introduces the work of 20 exceptionally talented artists - all celebrated figures in their homeland and many known in Europe as well.

These artists explore aspects of cultural, gendered, and individual identities in Iran at the beginning of the 21st century, and question not only what it is to be Iranian, but also the nature of reality as perceived by the human eye—and the camera's lens.

Persian Visions was arranged in spite of the current U.S. government sanction against “official” cultural exchange with Iran. Its presentation in Ann Arbor is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, and University of Michigan Women’s Studies Program.

The exhibition is on view through December 20, 2007 at UMMA Off/Site. Free docent guided tours are scheduled for Thursdays, October 11 and 25, @ 7 pm, and Sundays, October 14 and 28, @ 2 pm. For more information, call 734.763.UMMA

Creative Connections Tonight!

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Do you make art, perform plays, write poetry, or otherwise behave creatively? Tonight’s your night to mingle! The Ann Arbor Arts Alliance is sponsoring its first Creative Connections of the season at the Ann Arbor Art Center’s Art Factory on Felch St. from 6:30-8:00pm. Creative Connections takes place on the third Monday of the month, and provides an opportunity for individuals involved in Arts and Culture in Washtenaw County to network in a relaxed, informal way. The focus of tonight’s event is the launch of ArtsCount, a county-wide artist census. Grab a glass of wine and start connecting!

20 years, 8 fellows: art & design at the institute

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The Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan is a center for innovative, collaborative study in the humanities and arts. Each year fellowships for Michigan faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who work on interdisciplinary projects are awarded. Since 1987 the Institute has granted fellowships to 129 Michigan Faculty Fellows, 99 Michigan Graduate Student Fellows, and 156 Visiting Fellows.

To celebrate the Institute‘s 20th anniversary, fellows from the School of Art and Design present works inspired by their interdisciplinary research at the Institute in the exhibition 20 years, 8 fellows: Art & Design at the Institute.

It features artists Jim Cogswell, Tirtza Even, Sadashi Inuzuka, Andrew Kirshner, Joanne Leonard, Patricia Olynyk, Marianetta Porter, and Ed West, on view through 10/19/2007, in Room 1010, 202 S. Thayer, Central Campus, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. An open reception is planned for Wednesday, October 3, 4:30-6:00 pm.

"Gifts of Art" is a true gift

Do you know about the "Gifts of Art" program at the University Of Michigan Hospital? If you don't, check it out tomorrow when Tad Weed, recently transplanted Los Angeles jazz pianist performs at 12:10 p.m. in the University Hospital's main lobby. For the last twenty years, Weed has toured with Woody Herman, bandleader, singer Carmen McRae and others.

"Gifts of Art" is an innovative program that brings both art exhibits and music to hospital patients, family, friends and staff in the belief that art promotes healing. The events are open to the public. Concerts are weekly and cover a broad range of musical styles from classical to world music. Exhibits include exemplary work from area sculptors, painters, mixed media artists and photographers. Also, check out the Library's books on art and healing.

Japanese Contemporary Photography at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

If you haven’t already visited the Japanese contemporary photography exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, you have a couple more weeks before it’s gone for good. Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary features the work of eleven young photographers, most of whom are unknown by western audiences. The exhibition runs until September 16 at the museum's temporary exhibition space. For hours, directions, and other information, visit the museum web site. The library also has lots of books on photography, from how-to’s to exhibition catalogs. Check them out at your favorite AADL location.

What's that Lurking in the Shadows?

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Why, the Shadow Art Fair, of course! Held biannually at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, the fair is celebrating its first anniversary this summer. A smashing success, the first event boasted 1,000 visitors, and the second 1,500, all snuggled into the brewery to listen to music, enjoy the libations and buy art. This year, organizers plan to shift the musical acts outdoors, opening up more space inside for vendors and visitors. Not familiar with the indie crafts movement? Check out Bazaar Bizarre and the other cool stuff tagged DIY for some inspiration.

Opportunity for Volunteers!

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs’ Imagination Stations are looking for volunteers. All those not afraid of a little glitter and (sticky!) little hands should contact Nancy Lautenbach to sign up. Besides wholesome entertainment, each volunteer will receive a free Art Fair t-shirt. Did someone say free t-shirt? Sign me up!

Frida Kahlo et al

Friday, July 6 is the 100th birthday of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo who was born Magdelena Carmen Frida Kahlo in Coyoacan, Mexico in 1907. After a bus accident in which she was severely injured, Kahlo turned to art, encouraged by the great muralist, Diego Rivera. Kahlo married Rivera twice, once in 1929 and then in 1941. Kahlo painted lush, surrealistic scenes, many of them self-portraits. She was also known for her leftist politics. She and Rivera gave Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky political asylum in their home. Near the end of her life, she was carried on a stretcher to the first exhibit solely of her work.

Also, on this day, are the birthdays of the the Dalai Lama who turns 72 and President George W. Bush who will be 61.

The Venice Biennale in Ann Arbor

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Well, only a small piece... but so exciting!!!

Works of contemporary Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi exhibited at the 2005 Venice Biennale are on view in the current exhibition Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary: Japanese Contemporary Photography at the University of Michigan Museum of Art/OffSite.

These elegant and large-format photographs are part of the series called Mother’s, a tribute to her mother whose death in 2000 deeply affected her. By photographing her mother’s possessions, she hoped to come to a better understanding of this extraordinary woman whom she never really got along with.

Apart from Miyako Ishiuchi's, this UMMA exhibition presents works of 10 other young photographers, most of whom are unknown to North American audiences and “challenges conventional Western assumptions about Japanese aesthetics and culture.”

1st Annual Kid’s Art Fair

Youth in grades Kindergarten through 12th from Washtenaw County are invited to submit their artwork to be juried for the very first Kid’s Art Fair at the Townie Street Party on July 16.

Interested young artists should bring samples of their artwork to the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on Saturday, June 16 between noon and 1 PM. Art jurors will score the work between 1 PM and 3 PM. Everyone is invited to watch the process.

Jurors will announce the young artists invited to exhibit their work at 4 PM. These artists will be allowed to sell their work at a booth at the Townie Street Party!

Check out the library's great art book collection to get some ideas!

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