Herb and Dorothy

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Sold out instantly at the upcoming The Traverse City Film Festival, HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means.

In the early 1960s, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists with Herb's salary, and living on Dorothy's paycheck alone. Their collecting was guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. They proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists including Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Lynda Benglis, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, and Lawrence Weiner.

In 1992, the Vogels decided to move their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. largely as a gift to the institution.

Today Herb and Dorothy still live in the same apartment in New York with 19 turtles, lots of fish, and one cat and the new art they've acquired.

Now - you have a chance to see this award-winning docu-drama FREE!!!! The University of Michigan Museum of Art (525 South State Street), as part of its Art Fair Week programs will be screening this film on July 15 to July 17 (Wed. to Friday) nightly at 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 18, at 3 pm.

In 2008 the University of Michigan Museum of Art was selected to receive a gift of fifty works of art from Herb and Dorothy Vogel. The gifts are part of a national gifts program entitled "The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States."

AADL Productions Podcast: JT Abernathy & Stan Baker

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In celebration of the 50th Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, AADL brings you an interview with the only artist whose art has appeared in every fair, JT Abernathy. Fresh off a recent successful show at the Clay Gallery, JT sat down with us and Stan Baker, another Ann Arbor pottery great and former student of JT's, to talk about his career and how pottery is different from half a century ago. Stan and JT gives us a good look at how they think about their work and how their 30-year relationship has shaped them as artists.

To learn more about the history of the event that defines Ann Arbor in the summertime, visit the new online exhibit 50 Years of Originality: A History of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

7th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest

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Celebrate Art Fair! We'll provide the paint, supplies, canvases and easels. Three winners will receive gift certificates for art supplies at Michigan Book and Supply ($75, $50, $25). All art will be in a summer exhibit at AADL. Finished pieces will be judged by local artist, Joanie Newberry. Look here for last year's winners.
Friday, July 17 | 11:00 AM-1:00 PM | Downtown/Staff Parking Lot | Grades 6-12

AADL Productions Podcast: Mr. B

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Local musician Mark Lincoln Braun, aka Mr. B, is celebrating his 30th year playing street boogie-woogie piano as part of the original Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. We talked recently with Mr. B about his memories of art fairs past; his musical influences; and his most recent venture, Mr. B's Joybox Express, a 125-mile bike ride he began July 13 for charity, riding a special bike designed to haul his piano. You'll find Mr. B playing every day during the art fair, Wednesday, July 15 through Saturday, July 18, on North University near Ingalls Mall.

AADL is also happy to help the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair celebrate another milestone with 50 Years of Originality: A History of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, a website of images, text, audio and video from the past half century of Ann Arbor's first fair.

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Rolling Sculptures

Stop by the Ann Arbor District Library’s tent from 2-8 pm on Friday, July 10th on Liberty St. between Fourth and Fifth Ave. to make a Rolling Sculpture out of goodies from the Scrap Box and meet Hillary Will, the fastest woman top fuel dragster driver in the world, who will also be speaking at the Downtown Library earlier in the week. The library is joining Main Street Area's Rolling Sculpture Car Show for the first time this year just for the pure fun of it! Use all your creativity to design a wild vehicle and you just might win a prize!

Photowalk: Capture the Beauty of Ann Arbor

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AADL is proud to be hosting our first Photowalk this Saturday! Start by joining us for a panel discussion featuring portrait and festival photographer Myra Klarman, fine arts photographer and Crappy Camera Club cofounder Michael Myers, and Ann Arbor News photojournalist Leisa Thompson at 10 am. Then, stick around as we go out in groups to find the interesting things in Ann Arbor and document them with our cameras. You can come back to the Downtown Library Training Center to edit your photos on our iMacs and upload them to your Flickr account or our pictureAnnArbor collection. Bring your camera and join us!

Music for a cause

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Help support the activities of the Huron River Watershed Council this Saturday, June 27 at 11300 Island Lake Rd. (off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. just west of downtown Dexter). "Black Train," a local roots band that features country vocal harmonies, will be playing. Bring a blanket or a chair. Gather round a huge bonfire after dark. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. Phone 769-5123, ext. 19 for more information.

Eye Exams for Seniors

Between June 1 and August 31 Eyecare America’s Senior Eyecare Program is offering an opportunity for people 65 and older to get a no-cost eye exam and care for any disease detected in the initial visit for up to one year following the exam. You qualify if you have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years, and do not belong to an HMO or the VA. Those interested may call toll-free 800-222-EYES (3937) for referral to an ophthalmologist. This program is co-sponsored by the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.

A Jump Roping Blast

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Bring your ropes and rhymes to Jump Roping Blast for a jumpin' good time! We have Chinese, Double-Dutch and standard jump ropes to share. Rain? We'll jump inside. If you need some visuals to help inspire or check out some fancy footwork ahead of time, check out Jump In a movie that tells the story of a young boxer who discovers jump roping while training.

Tuesday, June 23 | 6:30-8:30 PM | Malletts Creek Parking Lot | Grades 4-12

The Photowalk and Twitter

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If I were to utter the word "Twitter", you will most probably quite certain be put off. What with all the barrage of 'twitter', 'tweets', 'tweeps', 'tweetups' and other lingo floating around. I managed to see CBS cover it too. The hype is definitely overkill but there are good stories to come out of this too.

The Photowalk is one such story. A simple 'tweet'(text message) out to my network on Twitter had the message picked up by Eli Neiburger (@ulotrichous) at AADL. After a brief meeting at AADL, the wheels began rolling and today I can't be happier. That is the power of social networking to me. The ability to reach out to somebody I don't know but may have common interests with. This has only increased the appeal of Twitter for me. Whereas in Facebook, I 'friend' people who I've actually met in real life, the case with Twitter is the opposite.

Today the amazing team at AADL has finally made my dream of a photowalk in Ann Arbor a reality. The opportunity to interact with people who enjoy photography is boundless. If you've ever been to Cafe Zola, be sure to check out the work of Myra Klarman from 'Top of the Park' last summer. The brilliant portrait photographer will be present as a panelist at the Photowalk. And so will be Leisa Thompson, whose sports photography features on Mlive.com and Michael C. Myers of the 'legendary' Ann Arbor Crappy Camera Club.

The event details are available for your network preference on: Yelp, Upcoming, Facebook and right here on AADL. Please tell everyone you know and bring more people to this event!

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