The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity

Public keynote lecture by author and biologist Sean B. Carroll, VP of Science Education, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Biology, University of Maryland

Sean b. CarrollIn conjunction with the U-M Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Noted author and biologist Dr. Sean B. Carroll will discuss the discovery of the “The Serengeti Rules,” the ecological rules that regulate the numbers and kinds of animals and plants in any given place, and how they are being applied to restore some of the greatest wildernesses on the planet.

Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and film producer. He is Vice President for Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private supporter of science education activities in the U.S., and Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland.

The Age of the Internet in Comic Books: Book Club Tour

On the occasion of the exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, UMMA and Vault of Midnight-Ann Arbor have partnered up to form the UMMA Book Club: The Age of the Internet in Comic Books. Join David Choberka, Andrew W. Mellon Manager of Academic Outreach & Teaching, for a discussion in the gallery that connects the art on view to  themes in the selected comics. Open to anyone, regardless of participation in the book club.

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and curated by Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, with Jeffrey De Blois, Assistant Curator.

Major support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

​UMMA gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their generous support:

Lead Exhibition Sponsors:
Candy and Michael Barasch, University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Individual and Family Foundation Donors:
William Susman and Emily Glasser; The Applebaum Family Compass Fund: Pamela Applebaum and Gaal Karp, Lisa Applebaum; P.J. and Julie Solit; Vicky and Ned Hurley; Ann and Mel Schaffer; Mark and Cecelia Vonderheide; and Jay Ptashek and Karen Elizaga  

University of Michigan Funding Partners:
School of Information; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Institute for the Humanities; Department of History of Art; Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Department of American Culture; School of Education; Department of Film, Television, and Media; Digital Studies Program; and Department of Communication Studies

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Critical Visualities 3

2019 Conference of the Visual Culture Workshop

The Visual Culture Workshop (VCW) convenes the third annual Critical Visualities Conference in order to ask the timely questions: “What are the political dimensions of the affective charge between art and its audience? Between the critic and the art she engages? How does it feel to look ‘critically’ now?” 

Now in its third year, Critical Visualities has grown into a major national conference, drawing top faculty from across the country in the fields of American studies, African American studies, visual culture studies, performance studies, media studies, and literary studies. Designed to offer the University of Michigan community an unparalleled opportunity to engage with these scholars in an unusually intimate setting, Critical Visualities incites new insights, new questions, and new collaborations for presenters and audience members alike.

As always, Critical Visualities is particularly attune to the ways in which our interdisciplinary work enables us to engage with current events marked by feelings of shock and urgency about ongoing racial injustice and gendered violence.

Speakers include: Sarah Bay-Cheng (Bowdoin); Kimberly Juanita Brown (Mt. Holyoke); Zahid Chaudhry (Princeton); Laurie Gries (University of Colorado); Nicole Fleetwood (Rutgers); and UM’s Sara Blair (English), Vera Grant (Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs, UMMA), Joan Kee (History of Art), and Lisa Nakamura (American Culture).


Thursday, March 28 [All events in Angell 3222] 10am: Welcoming Remarks
10:15am-12:15pm: Faculty Panel 1 
1:30pm-3:30pm: Faculty Panel 2
3:45-5:15pm: Graduate Student Roundtable

UMMA Book Club: Art, Ideas, & Politics

The Art, Ideas, & Politics Book Club is a partnership between UMMA and Literati Bookstore in connection with UMMA’s exhibition Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s. Surrounded by the large-scale artworks by Sam Gilliam, Helen Frankenthaler, Al Loving, and Louise Nevelson, we will read and discuss bold and critical voices—both fiction and nonfiction—guided by Literati Bookstore’s Creative Programs Manager, Gina Balibrera Amyx. Books will explore visions and critiques relevant to abstract art as well as the immense social changes of the period, and include Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (Jan 10), Art on My Mind, Visual Politics by bell hooks (March 14), Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel (May 9), Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (July 11), and How We Get Free, edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Sept 12). Gina Balibrera Amyx is the Creative Program Manager at Literati Bookstore, and a graduate of Zell MFA Program. Her writing has been featured in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Wandering Song, an anthology of the Central American diaspora.

The Art, Ideas, & Politics Book Club will meet on the second Thursday of the month, 12-1 p.m. in the exhibition gallery. Pick and choose or come to all of them. Books will be available for sale at Literati Bookstore as well as after book club meetings at UMMA, at a 15% book club discount.

UMMA gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their generous support of this exhibition:

Lead Exhibition Sponsors: University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, and College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Exhibition Endowment Donors:  Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment, and Robert and Janet Miller Fund

University of Michigan Funding Partners: Institute for Research on Women and Gender, School of Social Work, Department of Political Science, and Department of Women’s Studies

 

Critical Visualities 3

2019 Conference of the Visual Culture Workshop

The Visual Culture Workshop (VCW) convenes the third annual Critical Visualities Conference in order to ask the timely questions: “What are the political dimensions of the affective charge between art and its audience? Between the critic and the art she engages? How does it feel to look ‘critically’ now?” 

Now in its third year, Critical Visualities has grown into a major national conference, drawing top faculty from across the country in the fields of American studies, African American studies, visual culture studies, performance studies, media studies, and literary studies. Designed to offer the University of Michigan community an unparalleled opportunity to engage with these scholars in an unusually intimate setting, Critical Visualities incites new insights, new questions, and new collaborations for presenters and audience members alike.

As always, Critical Visualities is particularly attune to the ways in which our interdisciplinary work enables us to engage with current events marked by feelings of shock and urgency about ongoing racial injustice and gendered violence.

Speakers include: Sarah Bay-Cheng (Bowdoin); Kimberly Juanita Brown (Mt. Holyoke); Zahid Chaudhry (Princeton); Laurie Gries (University of Colorado); Nicole Fleetwood (Rutgers); and UM’s Sara Blair (English), Vera Grant (Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs, UMMA), Joan Kee (History of Art), and Lisa Nakamura (American Culture).


Friday, March 29 [All events in Angell 3222] 9:30am-11:30am: Faculty Panel 3
11:30am-12:00pm: Coffee and snack break
12:00pm-1:45pm: Community reflection: Where next?

UMMA Book Club: The Age of the Internet in Comic Books

In conjunction with the exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, UMMA and Vault of Midnight-Ann Arbor partner to present a book club that will read and discuss three comic books that explore some of the extreme possibilities of life in the age of the internet. Books include: The Private Eye (January 20), Snot Girl vol. 1 (February 17), and Bitch Planet vol 1 (March 10). Pick and choose your favorites or come to the whole series. Books will be available for sale at Vault of Midnight. All are invited to read and participate. Please note that these comic books deal with mature material.

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and curated by Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, with Jeffrey De Blois, Assistant Curator.

Major support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

​UMMA gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their generous support:

Lead Exhibition Sponsors:
Candy and Michael Barasch, University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Individual and Family Foundation Donors:
William Susman and Emily Glasser; The Applebaum Family Compass Fund: Pamela Applebaum and Gaal Karp, Lisa Applebaum; P.J. and Julie Solit; Vicky and Ned Hurley; Ann and Mel Schaffer; Mark and Cecelia Vonderheide; and Jay Ptashek and Karen Elizaga  

University of Michigan Funding Partners:
School of Information; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Institute for the Humanities; Department of History of Art; Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Department of American Culture; School of Education; Department of Film, Television, and Media; Digital Studies Program; and Department of Communication Studies

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UMMA Book Club: The Age of the Internet in Comic Books

In conjunction with the exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, UMMA and Vault of Midnight-Ann Arbor partner to present a book club that will read and discuss three comic books that explore some of the extreme possibilities of life in the age of the internet. Books include: The Private Eye (January 20), Snot Girl vol. 1 (February 17), and Bitch Planet vol 1 (March 10). Pick and choose your favorites or come to the whole series. Books will be available for sale at Vault of Midnight. All are invited to read and participate. Please note that these comic books deal with mature material.

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Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series: Juliana Huxtable: POST

https://stamps.umich.edu/images/uploads/lectures/huxtable.jpgThe iconic Juliana Huxtable is an American artist, writer, performer, and musician. Exploring the intersections of race, gender, queerness, technology and identity, Huxtable uses a diverse set of means to engage these issues, including self-portraiture, text-based prints, performance, nightlife, music, writing, and social media. Huxtable does not privilege any method over another, and the lines between different forms of her work are often fluid. This approach aids Huxtable in her ongoing critiques of existing social norms and categorical distinctions while indicating alternate, more hopeful possibilities. Huxtable references her own body and history as a transgender African American woman as she challenges the socio-political and cultural forces that inform normative conceptions of gender and sexuality. Huxtable’s Art and Performance work has been featured at Roskilde Festival, Denmark (2018), ReWire Festival, Netherlands (2018), Park Avenue Armory, New York (2018), Reena Spauldings, Solo show, New York (2017), Project Native Informant, London UK, (2017) MoMA PS1, New York (2014); “Take Ecstasy with Me,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014); Frieze Projects, London (2014); and 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2015); among other venues. She lives and works in New York, where she is the founder and DJ for Shock Value. And part of House of Ladosha a nightlife collective run by artists, DJs, writers, and fashion icons.​
Huxtable’s work is included in Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today on view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art from December 15, 2018 to April 7, 2019. Organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the exhibition examines the radical impact of internet culture on visual art since the invention of the web in 1989. This exhibition presents more than forty works across a variety of media—painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video, and web-based projects. It features work by some of the most important artists working today, including Judith Barry, Juliana Huxtable, Pierre Huyghe, Josh Kline, Laura Owens, Trevor Paglen, Seth Price, Cindy Sherman, Frances Stark, and Martine Syms.

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The Age of the Internet in Comic Books: Book Club Tour

On the occasion of the exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, UMMA and Vault of Midnight-Ann Arbor have partnered up to form the UMMA Book Club: The Age of the Internet in Comic Books. Join David Choberka, Andrew W. Mellon Manager of Academic Outreach & Teaching, for a discussion in the gallery that connects the art on view to themes in the selected comics. Open to anyone, regardless of participation in the book club. Meet at the UMMA Store.

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Family Reading and Science: Extraordinary Places at Detroit Public Library: Main Branch

Workshop 1: Extreme Temperatures

Take a journey to some of the most extreme places on the planet. Discover what it takes to live in exotic locations and learn how important they are to our global ecology.

Museum staff visit area libraries with a series of hands-on activities based upon a theme to engage the whole family in science exploration. The three workshops are held monthly.

Workshop 1: Extreme Temperatures
Dive deep into the ocean to get a closer look at thermal vents and cross the tundras to our polar regions to explore life in the hottest and coldest places on Earth.