Beyond Borders: Global Africa

Seydou Keïta, Untitled, 1956-57, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC), Collection Jean Pigozzi, Geneva, Inv# MA/KE.046.D, © Seydou Keïta / SKPEAC
Tuesday-Sunday, November 6-November 25, 2018

More than ever in the era of globalization, ideas traverse geographic, generational, and cultural boundaries, even as national borders seem to be closing. ‘Beyond Borders: Global Africa’ reflects on this moment by considering how Africa and its artists have been at the center of complex histories of encounter and exchange for centuries. Bringing together a dazzling array of works made in Africa, Europe, and the United States from the nineteenth to twenty-first century, the exhibition demonstrates the international scope and reach of art from Africa and the African diaspora. It also explores issues such as slavery, colonization, migration, racism, and identity at play in the objects and their histories. Highlights include paintings, photographs, sculpture, and installations by Kudzanai Chiurai, Omar Victor Diop, Wangechi Mutu, and Serge Alain Nitegeka. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication, the tenth in the UMMA Books series.

Lead support for ‘Beyond Borders: Global Africa’ is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Michigan Office of Research, African Studies Center, and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and Susan Ullrich.

Luzinterruptus: “Literature vs. Traffic”

Luzinterruptus

This October, the Institute for the Humanities is shutting down Liberty Street near U-M campus. We’re going to reuse thousands of discarded books, turning them into an illuminated pathway for “Literature vs. Traffic,” a large-scale art installation by Spanish undercover art collective Luzinterruptus.

Ann Arbor joins Toronto, New York, and Melbourne, as we feature–for one night only–the brilliance of 10,000 books and thousands of LED lights. What was just a street will become a beautiful installation, as we bring the power of art, education, the written word, and free thought to the entire Ann Arbor community by essentially “paving” Liberty St. with thousands of glowing books.

This is a grass-roots project and your participation is essential!

Want to play a part in this amazing campus and community-wide project? We need:

Volunteers: Community and campus groups and individuals to volunteer to work with the artists to prep & attach lights to books (Oct 15-23), and the day of the event (Oct 23);

Donations: Books that would otherwise be recycled or thrown away;

Visitors: Come view the extraordinary installation, and help us extend the life of a book by taking one (or more) home (Oct. 23 5-11pm).

Small quantities of books can be dropped off at the Institute for the Humanities office at 202 S. Thayer. We can also pick up larger quantities of books. Read more on our website at www.lsa.umich.edu/humanities, or email luzinterruptus@umich.edu to volunteer, schedule a book pick-up, or with questions.

Painting His Way Home

Exhibition of Art by Martin Vargas
Painting His Way Home, Martin Vargas, Acrylic

*Free and Open to Public*

October 17-December, 2018

5:30 – 6:30 pm

A self-taught artist who spent 45 years in prison for a crime committed when he was 17 years old, Martin Vargas has participated in the Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners since its inception in 1995. He has created hundreds of pieces of art, one of which was gifted to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor during her visit to University of Michigan in 2017.

Earlier this year, Martin came home after more 45 years of incarceration. Join us and celebrate Martin at Detroit Street Filling Station (300 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104) as he opens his solo exhibition in Ann Arbor on Oct 17, 2018 (reception at 5:30 p.m.).

The exhibition opens through December, 2018 (11 am – 9 pm, Tuesday – Saturday; 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday; Closed on Monday)

This Exhibition is co-sponsored by Detroit Street Filling Station

Image: Painting His Way Home, Martin Vargas, Acrylic, 2017

 

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Environmental Protest Art

by Tom Detwyler

Sitting Bull
Detwyler’s art is an outgrowth of his career as environmental scientist. Primarily, his art is directed against the forces of environmental destruction, especially protesting the anti-life consequences of corporate capitalism. In his environmental protest art the fundamental elements are photographs. Some works are collections of many images where I combine pieces into a montage.

Curator Tour | Urban Biographies, Ancient and Modern

Christopher Ratté

Christopher Ratté
On Sunday, September 9, 2018, curator Christopher Ratté will offer a tour of the special exhibition, “Urban Biographies”. Dr. Ratté is a professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Michigan and Director of the Notion Archaeological Survey, one the field projects highlighted in “Urban Biographies.”

Curator tours are free and open to all visitors. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this tour, please contact the education office (734-647-4167) at least two weeks in advance. We ask for advance notice as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.

Guided Tour – Beyond Borders: Global Africa

Seydou Keïta, Untitled, 1956-57, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC), Collection Jean Pigozzi, Geneva, Inv# MA/KE.046.D, © Seydou Keïta / SKPEACMore than ever in the era of globalization, ideas traverse geographic, generational, and cultural boundaries, even as national borders seem to be closing. ‘Beyond Borders: Global Africa’ reflects on this moment by considering how Africa and its artists have been at the center of complex histories of encounter and exchange for centuries. Bringing together a dazzling array of works made in Africa, Europe and the United States from the nineteenth to twenty-first century, the exhibition demonstrates the international scope and reach of art from Africa and the African diaspora. Join UMMA docents as they explore the significant themes of our times including slavery, colonization, migration, racism and identity.

Lead support for ‘Beyond Borders: Global Africa’ is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Michigan Office of Research, African Studies Center, and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and Susan Ullrich.

Exhibition | Urban Biographies, Ancient and Modern

August 24, 2018–January 6, 2019
Open Tuesday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm and Saturday-Sunday, 1 -4 pm. Check holiday schedules for exceptions.
Urban Biographies, Ancient and ModernHuman beings are political animals, said the Greek philosopher Aristotle: animals that live in the “polis,” the Greek word for city. Over two thousand years later, we are still political animals, and the study of ancient cities is of abiding interest, for our perceptions of the urban centers of the past continue to exert a powerful hold on modern culture.

This exhibition showcases three Classical cities where the University of Michigan sponsors field projects: Gabii in Italy, Olynthos in Greece, and Notion in Turkey. The archaeologists excavating these cities, in collaboration with students and faculty from U-M’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, are comparing their findings to projects of urban renewal in contemporary Detroit, asking two main questions: How do contemporary archaeological methods facilitate the study of both ancient and modern cities? And how can the study of the past help illuminate the challenges and opportunities facing Detroit today?

Curator: Christopher Ratté

Michigan Engineering Design Expo

Michigan Engineering Students

Student project presentationSee how Michigan Engineering students are designing solutions to our world’s challenges.

The College of Engineering Design Expo is held twice a year to provide a public forum for engineering students to demonstrate applications of their studies to real-life needs. Students gain valuable experience by presenting their work.

Through this venue, the greater University community and general public has the opportunity to learn how Michigan’s students are contributing in significant ways to solving major technology challenges across various disciplines.

These student projects consist of internal University of Michigan projects, non-profit community projects, and industry-sponsored projects. Most of these projects are part of Senior Design Project Courses, but other project groups are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The goal of the Undergraduate Engineering Office is to have participation from all departments within the College of Engineering (and eventually across university schools and colleges) to promote cross-disciplinary cooperation as well as high school outreach.

Industry sponsors have been a large part of promoting this within the college through sponsorship of projects and financial support of the event itself.

The Winter 2018 Design Expo is sponsored by Stryker.

This event is held in multiple North Campus locations including the Duderstadt Center, Bob & Betty Beyster Building, Pierpont Commons, EECS Building, Dow Building, G.G. Brown Building, and Chrysler Center.

For more information, contact Lindsey Dowswell in the Multidisciplinary Design Program office at lindsd@umich.edu or (734) 763-0818.

Michigan Engineering Design Expo

Michigan Engineering Students

Student Project Presentation

See how Michigan Engineering students are designing solutions to our world’s challenges.

The College of Engineering Design Expo is held twice a year to provide a public forum for engineering students to demonstrate applications of their studies to real-life needs. Students gain valuable experience by presenting their work.

Through this venue, the greater University community and general public has the opportunity to learn how Michigan’s students are contributing in significant ways to solving major technology challenges across various disciplines.

These student projects consist of internal University of Michigan projects, non-profit community projects and industry-sponsored projects. Most of these projects are part of Senior Design Project Courses, but other project groups are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The goal of the Undergraduate Engineering Office is to have participation from all departments within the College of Engineering (and eventually across university schools and colleges) to promote cross-disciplinary cooperation as well as high school outreach.

Industry sponsors have been a large part of promoting this within the college through sponsorship of projects and financial support of the event itself.

The Fall 2017 Design Expo is sponsored by Toyota.

This event is held in multiple North Campus locations including the Duderstadt Center, Bob & Betty Beyster Building, Pierpont Commons, EECS Building, and Chrysler Center.

For more information, contact Lindsey Dowswell in the Multidisciplinary Design Program office at lindsd@umich.edu or (734) 763-0818.