List of local museum and gallery exhibits
The following is a list of local museums and galleries, with information on current exhibits where available.
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Know what museum you want to see? Click on the letter the venue starts with here:
African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw Co.
3261 Lohr Road (in the David R. Byrd Center); 734-761-1717. Hours are by appointment only, call to arrange a visit. Exhibition, publications, educational programs and activities aimed at disseminating knowledge of African ancestral heritage and the communities of the diaspora.
The Museum offers Informative, educational, and enjoyable programs for the entire family:
- Bus Tours: Journey to Freedom: An Underground Railroad Tour of Washtenaw County
- Talks & Presentations: Journey to Freedom: Underground Railroad Talks
- Tours of the David R. Byrd Center: A restored 1830's house where the Museums' administrative office is located
- Legacy Presentations: We will be happy to come make a presentation to groups and organizations.
Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W. Liberty St.; 734-994-8004. Mon.-Thurs. and Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 12-5 p.m.
Ann Arbor District Library - Main Library
343 S. Fifth Ave.; 327-4200. Mon., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Now through May 26
Each year the Ann Arbor Public Schools come to the Ann Arbor District Library to showcase the work of their students. Once again, the developing talents of students from across the city will be shown throughout the Library.
Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art in many mediums will fill the display cases and cover the walls of our art display areas. Come and enjoy the wonderfully creative projects of the students of the kindergarten through fifth grade art classes.
Ann Arbor District Library - Malletts Creek branch
3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway; 734-327-4200. Mon., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Paintings by U-M Faculty Women's Club
Now through June 13
This exhibit features the collected works of the Painting Section of the University of Michigan’s Faculty Women’s Club (FWC) covering a large variety of styles and media.
The FWC is a cross campus organization, offering members acquaintance and fellowship. Members have been “painting” together regularly since 1929, creating award-winning pieces in a wide variety of media, and learning from one another at weekly gatherings in their homes. Sharing experiences with new media, critiquing one another’s work, and encouraging exploration in artistic expression are the basic elements of their continuing study of the visual arts as a group. Shows of their works have been displayed for the past 44 years at venues in the greater Ann Arbor area, including art fairs, art galleries, banks, churches, and libraries.
Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum
220 E. Ann St.; 734-995-5439. A science center with more than 250 exhibits. Check out the Legacy Gallery. Admission: ages 2 and over, $10; under age 2, free. Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tues., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Some of the fun exhibits on display:
- Ferrofluid Magnetoscope
- Chaos Chimes
- WhirlyDoodle Project
- Engineers On A Roll
- Solar Energy Collection of Exhibits
- Block Party
- Inverted Pendulum
- ViewSpace Exhibit from NASA
- Bernoulli Blast
- Solar Collector
- The Egg of Columbus
Ann Arbor Women Artists
Independent, nonprofit group of about 300 women artists and some men. Information can be obtained by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Several Ann Arbor locations:
- Ann Arbor Senior Center, 320 Baldwin Street (in Burns Park);
- Bab's Underground, 213 S. Ashley;
- Curves for Women in Westgate;
- MoonWinks Cafe, 5151 Plymouth Rd.;
- Sweetwaters Cafe, 123 W. Washington Street;
- Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw (upstairs);
- The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan, 2530 S. Maple
211 S. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor. Daily: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday.
The Argus Museum
525 W. William St., Ann Arbor, located in the original Argus Building, 734-769-0770.
The Argus Museum is a non-commercial venture. It is open to the public during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 pm., or by appt. There is no admission charge. Visitors are free to wander through the exhibits on their own.
Come and see what a bunch of talented photographers can do with a vintage Argus, once the largest-selling American-made 35mm camera, first produced here in Ann Arbor.
For more info, call or visit: http://arborwiki.org/city/Argus_Museum
Art and Architecture Building
College of Engineering, University of Michigan, North Campus, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor. Open to the public, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
U-M School of Engineering Website: http://www.engin.umich.edu/
3203 Broad Street, Dexter, 734-426-1500. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Closed on Sun. and Mon.
Showroom on 1717 W. Huron. Mon.-Sat., call for an appointment, 734-769-3223.
Since 1983, representing contemporary artist of various medias. Consults corporate, medical and residential clients. Specializes in selecting and installing artwork.
U-M Hatcher Graduate Library, 913 S. University Ave. (on the Diag), 734-764-9377. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 1-7 p.m. Exhibits are free and open to the public.
Automotive Heritage Museum & Miller Motors Hudson
100 E. Cross St., Depot Town, Ypsilanti, 734-482-5200. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 1:30-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Noon-5 p.m.
Home to the world's last Hudson Dealer. With its records dating to 1927 a priceless part of Ypsilanti automotive history is now preserved. See original Hudson dealer memorabilia and cars displayed. Admission: $5/adults, children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. The Museum is funded entirely by private contributions and is a tax exempt organization (501-C3). Donations of money and Ypsilanti Automotive memorabilia would be greatly appreciated. Free parking is available behind the museum parallel to the railroad tracks.
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404 Main St., Belleville, MI, (734) 697-2300. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 12 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Belleville Area Museum
405 Main St., Belleville; 734-697-1944. Monday, noon-4 p.m; Tuesday, 3-7 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m.. (Archives by appointment). Admission: $1/Adults, .50 cents/Kids (ages 6-17 years old), $3/Family.
Permanent Exhibit: The Wabash Depot & 1860 Wayne County Map. The Belleville Area Museum first opened at Old Quirk School in 1989, featuring small-scale replicas of historical buildings which once stood in Belleville, Sumpter, and Van Buren Townships. With visitors regularly promenading its “Main Street”, the Museum became a popular attraction. The Belleville Area Museum preserves and promotes the history of the community through the preservation and exhibit of historical artifacts and the presentation of historical programs and events.
1885 Baker Road, Dexter. 734-426-6600. Hours: Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Noon to 5 p.m.
“vessels and dwellings” by Francesc Burgos
Now through June 15
WSG Gallery member, Francesc Burgos, is showing “vessels and dwellings”, an exhibit of his sculptures and sculptural vases.
Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave., U-M North Campus; 734-764-3482. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
539 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Burns Park Senior Center
1320 Baldwin, Ann Arbor, 734-794-6250. Office hours: M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Cafe Verde (at the People's Food Co-op)
216 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor. 734-994-9174. Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
112 W. Washington St.; 769-2020. Brunch Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; Dinner Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. 5-11 p.m.
Chelsea Center for the Arts Center Gallery
400 Congdon St., Chelsea; 734-433-2787. Gallery hours: Sun., 1-3 p.m.; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Now through August 2
6065 Sibley Road, Chelsea; 734-433-3300. Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Featuring antiques, art & fine estate jewelry.
Chelsea District Library
221 S. Main St., Chelsea; 734-475-8732. Winter Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.,10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.
Chelsea Toy Museum
Inside the Chelsea Teddy Bear Co., 400 N. Main St., Chelsea; 734-433-5499.
Showcase of rare and valuable toys that trace the history of toys around the world, including the teddy bear, which was invented by Jackson resident Richard Steiff. Factory tours also available.
335 S Main St.; 734-662-7927. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 12-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 12-7 p.m.; Sun., 12-5 p.m.
(William L.) Clements Library
909 S. University Ave.; 734-764-2347. Open to the public. Exhibit Room hours: Mon.-Fri., 1-4:30 p.m. and by appointment. Closed Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Recent Acquisitions: Building on the Clements Collections
Now through July 12
The Clements Library never stops adding to its collections of primary source material. Already one of the finest American history research libraries in the world, its curators are always seeking new items to improve traditional strengths of the collection or to support new perspectives on the study of America before 1900. This exhibit features recent acquisitions of the Book, Manuscripts, Map, and Graphics divisions and shows how they fit in to the Clements.
Copper Colored Mountain Arts
Red Barn, 7101 W. Liberty Rd. 734-904-7487. Hours: Saturdays 10am-4pm. We are also open during scheduled classtimes and performances as well as by appointment. Call for details and directions or email email@example.com.
The Common Cup
1511 Washtenaw Ave; 734-327-6914. Summer Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 12-5 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Open to the public.
Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (formerly the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies-CAAS)
4700 Haven Hall, 505 S. State St., 734-764-5514. Open to the public, Fridays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dexter Area Historical Society & Museum
3443 Inverness St., Dexter, 734-426-2519. Open to the public from May-December, Fri. & Sat., 1-3 p.m.
The museum is housed in the former St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, built in 1883. The building was moved one block to the corner of Inverness and Fourth streets, to allow the construction of the current St. Andrew's. The museum contains a large display area, a genealogical library, a local history library, and the Corner Gift Shop.
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine St., Dexter, 734-426-4477. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m.
Doug Price Photographs
113 W. Liberty St.; inside West Side Bookshop, 734-995-1891. Hours: Mon., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Vintage photography by Edward S. Curtis, pictorialism from Camera Work, and travel photography from the 19th century to 1930, with images of early Ann Arbor.
Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit
Various locations. 16 sites with stand-alone markers highlight parts of Ann Arbor’s history, some with wall displays and/or artifacts. Full map at website: www.aadl.org
26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti; 734-657-2337. Theater, Gallery, and Curiosity Shop. Children’s Puppet Shows, Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m. All children’s shows are $5 general admission with children 3 and under free.
Duderstadt Center Gallery
U-M Media Union, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.; 734-93-MEDIA, reception desk: 734-763-3266. Regular Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri., Noon-6 p.m.
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EMU Ford Gallery
114 Ford Hall, EMU campus, Ypsilanti; 734-487-0465. Gallery Hours: Mon. and Thur. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tue. and Wed. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Now through May 24
Dangerous Minds is Eastern Michigan University’s annual high school exhibition. Featuring works from area high schools, the exhibition celebrates regional talent in the visual arts. The show recognizes strong work via special scholarships announced at the opening reception and also includes special tours of the Art Departments various studios and facilities.
EMU University Art Gallery
210 Student Center, 900 Oakwood Ave., Ypsilanti; 734-487-0465. Gallery Hours: Mon. and Thur., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue. and Wed., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Foggy Bottom Coffee House
7065 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd, Dexter 48130. 734-424-9630.
Format Framing and Gallery
1123 Broadway, corner of Broadway and Plymouth , Ann Arbor, MI. 48105 734-996-9446. Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Currently featuring the works by Karin Wagner Coron painting, Steven Coron photography, Rocky Gonet photography, Harry Sargous photography, Ruth Ann Baker watercolor, Linda Coleman jewelry.
Front Porch Textile Studio
1219 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-662-7134, firstname.lastname@example.org - Open by appointment only.
Located in a studio behind the historic Amos Corey house. Handspun yarn, custom yarn design, contemporary and historic handwoven articles. Spinning and weaving instruction offered. Trunk shows may be arranged for yarns, handwoven products, and Mongolian and Bhutanese textiles. Individual and group lessons in spinning and weaving. Tours for knitting or fiber-related guilds or groups are welcome (adults only please). Please contact Front Porch to be included on a mailing list for shows, classes, and events.
(Gerald R.) Ford Presidential Library
1000 Beal Ave., U-M North Campus, Ann Arbor 48109; 734-205-0555. Free parking. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Permanent exhibits include: “Eventful Lives,” presenting stories of President and First Lady Ford, and “Art of Diplomacy,” including official gifts presented by China, Russia, Egypt, Italy and Indonesia.
The Remarkable Lives and Times of Gerald and Betty Ford, on display in the lobby. Mrs. Ford's life is celebrated with a special exhibit featuring meticulous reproductions of three historic dresses, plus artifacts and photos. President Ford's life is told through a permanent exhibit of over 100 seldom-seen documents and photos, plus a biographical film. Visitors also can see the office Mr. Ford used during his post-presidential visits to the Library.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, 734-998-9353. Gallery 55+ which exhibits two-dimensional art created by gifted artists aged fifty-five and older. New artists show four times each year. The gallery welcomes community members of any age to view the art and to participate in special gallery events as they are scheduled. Open to the public, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 734-998-9353.
Student Center Building, 1st floor, Washtenaw Community College campus, 4800 E. Huron River Drive; 734-477-8512. Mon.-Tues., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-noon.
WCC Emerging Artists: Michigan
Now through May 24
Washtenaw Community College’s popular GalleryOne is currently showcasing the work of three talented artists educated in southeast Michigan.
The sculptures and photographs of James Rotz, Marco Terenzi, and Kate Silvio illustrate a dazzling array of materials and interests as well as unique artistic approaches. Their abstract expressions, nature explorations, and poetic representations reflect both urban and rural Michigan influences.
“Supporting area artists by providing a venue for their work allows WCC to create an environment that inspires our students, faculty, staff and the community,” said Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, WCC president. “It is our privilege to be able to share the work of these three talented artists, and we hope as many as possible will stop by to view their works.”
Rotz graduated from the University of Michigan Penny Stamps School of Art & Design with a master’s in fine art. His photography reflects his personal journey through life.
Terenzi, who recently graduated from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, is an artist and aspiring craftsman. He has found inspiration in the city of Detroit and the way man and nature clash in the environment. He says that building things is his true passion.
This is the second time artist Kate Silvio has exhibited her sculptures in WCC’s GalleryOne. Her first exhibit was in 2003. A bachelor of fine art graduate from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Salvio received her master’s of fine art from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
215 S. Fourth Ave.; 734-997-7012. Closed on Mondays through Wednesdays; Thurs.-Sat., noon-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Donations to Gallery Project are tax deductible.
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955 West Circle Drive, EMU campus, Ypsilanti; 734-487-0020. Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Fri., 7:30 am.-8 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-midnight.
Hamburg Historical Museum
7225 Stone St., Hamburg 48139; 810-986-0190. Wed., 4-7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Featuring an exhibit on Hats - Shoes - Purses. Remember the "good old days" when we wore stiletto heels to work and to shop? What about having a hat for every occasion? Or matching our purse to our shoes? Come in and see the history that many of us lived.
Also on display: The History of Lingerie; take a step back through time and view the history of lingerie.
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
U-M Central campus, 913 S. University Ave, (on the Diag), 48109. 734-764-0400. Visit the website for hours. Exhibits are FREE and open to the public.
The Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library is the University of Michigan's primary research collection for the humanities and social sciences. It has extensive holdings in literature, history, political science, economics, among many other subjects. Its collection numbers approximately 3.5 million volumes -- this includes access to:
- 10,000 journals
- Over 1,000 daily newspapers in a variety of formats
- More than 20,000 online periodicals
- 500 licensed online databases.
Now through May 24
The Letters of St. Paul are once again on exhibit! The University of Michigan Papyrology Collection is exhibiting two leaves of an ancient codex containing the letters of St. Paul. Dating to 180-220 CE, this codex is believed to be the earliest copy of Paul's letters in existence. The two leaves, containing Ephesians VI:8 - Galatians I:7, will be on exhibit until May 24th. The exhibit is located in the Audubon Room on the first floor.
207 E. Ann St.; 734-663-4247. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Heavenly Metal is a gallery/gift shop in downtown Ann Arbor featuring recycled-metal artwork, jewelry, purses, books, scarves, clothing, shoes, homegoods, and unique gift items. Most work is handcrafted by artists locally and around the globe. The gallery also has a new online store.
410 N 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor, 734-741-7531. Open Weekdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hollander’s offers workshops year round in bookbinding, book arts, paper arts, printmaking, and other related topics. In addition, a partnership with the American Academy of Bookbinding brings us professional level workshops in fine binding and book conservation.
A vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $25 annually for regular admission, $15 annually for seniors or $5 daily for 2010. General information can be found on their website or by calling 1-800-47-PARKS.
Located along the Huron and Clinton rivers, the Metroparks provide a natural oasis from urban and suburban life as well as year-round recreational activities and events. The Metroparks consist of 13 beautiful parks covering 24,000 acres, ten spectacular public golf courses and two marinas on Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, respectively. The parks also offer scenic nature trails, breathtaking beaches, educational activities and exciting winter sports.
U of M art students use the Huron-Clinton Metroparks as their canvas. How do you take art out of the classroom and into the outdoor world? For University of Michigan art professor Michael Rodemer, creating a whole new course centered on the Huron-Clinton Metropark system was a perfect opportunity to get his students out of the classroom and into the field, literally. Using nature as the cornerstone of the course “Metroparks: Engaging the Environment,” Rodemer paired up with Metroparks staff to offer students the opportunity to use their artistic talent to showcase important commentaries on the environment, preservation, ecological issues and more, while at the same time drawing attention to the park system and all it has to offer to the surrounding communities.
For their coursework, 20 students developed 13 projects at three Metroparks on display both indoors and outdoors. The projects range from a canvas collage to woven willow branches, and feature a wide variety of materials, shapes, sizes and messages.
Hudson Mills, Kensington and Indian Springs Metroparks are playing host to these pieces of art. Most are on display or are in the process of being installed. Some pieces will remain as permanent exhibits while others will be left to be “reclaimed by nature” as intended by students who used natural materials for their outdoor art.
JCC’s Amster Gallery
2935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor. 734-971-0990. Hours: Sun., 9 a.m.-noon; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday - hours vary - contact the JCC.
John Shultz Artworks
206 S. Main St., second floor; 734-665-5988. Oil paintings, pastels, cards, fine art photography and prints. Hours: Tue.-Sat. by appointment.
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Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
University of Michigan, 434 S. State St.; 734-764-9304.
More than 100,000 artifacts from civilizations around the Mediterranean. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 1-4 p.m.; closed Monday and University holidays. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.
The Museum's permanent exhibition of artifacts, a collection of nearly 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East, is carefully chosen and presented by Kelsey Asian art, both historic and modern in s to represent and explain the range of objects in the collections. In addition to mounting exhibitions, the Museum sponsors research, educational programs for children, and fieldwork projects, as well as housing the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology.
Featured Object: An Egyptian mummiform coffin (685-525 BC) of the priest Djehutymose will be prominently displayed in the new Upjohn Wing. Learn more about the Coffin of Djehutzmose on their website, www.lsa.umich.edu.
The Kelsey Museum cosponsors a number of special on-line exhibitions in collaboration with other University units. To visit these exhibitions, go to their website www.lsa.umich.edu/kelsey/exhibitions/onlineexhibitions.
Kempf House Museum
312 S. Division St.; 734-994-4898.
Tour the 1853 Greek Revival home of the musical German-American Kempf family, and learn about the early history of Ann Arbor. Sundays 1-4 p.m., admission is Free, Donations Appreciated.
Kempf House is open for guided tours on Sundays, from 1-4 p.m. (except holidays), Sept.-Dec. and March-May, or by appointment. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
Kerrytown Concert House
415 N. Fourth Ave.; 734-769-2999. Open during performances.
Exhibits are available for viewing Monday - Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm, during public concerts and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, call 734-769-2999.
Kreft Center for the Arts
Concordia University campus, 4090 Geddes Road; 734-995-7591. Tues.-Fri., noon-4 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 1-5 p.m. The Gallery is FREE and open to the public.
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In the Comerica building, 101 N. Main St., Ann Arbor.
Hours: Mon.-Wed., 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Sundays are being reserved for appointments and special events. LePop is a traveling pop-up art gallery intended to breathe new life into underutilized corporate spaces available for lease or sale. For the next several months Charlie LaCroix will present a series of art exhibitions in the former MyBuys space in the Comerica building. These shows feature the work of up and coming artists who specialize in cutting edge art across a variety of media. Charlie LaCroix invites the community to inquire about holding your next business meeting, yoga class, marriage proposal and more at LePop.
Manchester District Library
912 City Rd. (M-52), Manchester, 734-428-8045. Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed Thurs.; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Parking is available both in the front and rear of the building.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, University of Michigan
1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-647-7600. Hours: Mon.-Tue., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas day, and New Year’s Eve. Adults over 18, $5; children 5-18, $2; under 5, free. Trails and gardens at Matthaei are free and open 7 days a week sunrise to sunset.
Michigan Firehouse Museum
110 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti; 734-547-0663. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun., noon-4 p.m. Closed Mondays. Admission: $5/Adults, $3/Children 2-16, Under 2/Free.
Original 1898 firehouse plus a new 12,000 sq. ft. exhibit area with lots of antique and classic fire trucks, as well as numerous collections of historical fire equipment and memorabilia on display. Recently Arrived, see it in the Old Firehouse: Ladder Wagon and a 1878 Ahrens, Rebuilt in 1910 by American-LaFrance.
Currently on display: One of the largest collection of fire vehicle sirens and lights anywhere.
University of Michigan, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-764-0446. Hours: Open Daily, from 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Michigan Union Art Lounge
University of Michigan, 530 S. State Street, 1st Floor. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
U-M Union Website: http://uunions.umich.edu/munion
Milan Public LIbrary
151 Wabash St., Milan, 734-439-1240. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sunday.
The Milan Public Library serves the City of Milan, Michigan along with the contract areas of York, Pittsfield, and Augusta Townships.
5151 Plymouth Road; 734-994-5151. Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Museum on Main Street (Washtenaw Co. Historical Society)
500 N. Main St.; 734-662-9092. Sat. & Sun., noon-4 p.m. and weekdays by appointment. Admission is Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
Courting, Dating & Playing: Social Recreation in Washtenaw County Since 1830
Now through July 28
"Courting, Dating & Playing" highlights some of the most popular leisure activities and social places in the county’s history while simultaneously exploring the related dynamics of romantic relationships.
Visitors will learn how courtship was different from dating, how the county’s higher educational institutions shaped social recreation, and about many of the popular date destinations of the county’s past. Sit back, relax and reminisce in an authentic booth from Drake’s Sandwich Shop. Experience the sights and sounds of this favorite gathering place with a tabletop interactive touch screen. Take a spin around the room of fancy J-Hop dresses, tuxedos and dance cards under the mirror disco ball and streamers. In the parlor, discover the art of courting, lover’s lane(s), and even write your own love letters. Splash along river banks, lakeshores and a 1909 waterpark with a high diving tower and giant water slide on S.Fifth Avenue at Hill Street. See original movie seats from 1940, and the 1928 opening of The Michigan Theatre.
You are also invited to share your own photos and stories in our “Memory Lane”.
Washtenaw County Historical Society's website: http://washtenawhistory.org/
My Favorite Cafe
101 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline, 734-944-4054. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Coffees, teas and fruit drinks with light lunch menu items, pastries and desserts. Free Wi-Fi.
Art at the Cafe is sponsored by Two Twelve Arts Center and My Favorite Cafe
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Palmer Commons, University of Michigan
100 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-615-4444. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
500 Detroit St., Ann Arbor; 734-213-3575. Paloma Gallery is currently open for private showings and artwork appraisals by appointment only.
Pierpont Commons, University of Michigan
Administration Office, 2101 Bonisteel Blvd. Information: 734-355-9851 or 763-3202. Pierpont Commons Building Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-midnight; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-midnight. University Unions Arts and Programs (UUAP). Two exhibit areas, the Atrium Gallery and the Gallery Wall, feature works by students and others from the University community each month. If you are interested in exhibiting artwork, please call 734-647-6838.
Pierre Paul Art Gallery
3370 Washtenaw Ave.; 734-975-1050. Contemporary oil and acrylic paintings are regularly on display. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed daily for lunch and major Holidays. Available by Appointment.
121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor, 734-763-3333. Open during performances. Gallery Exhibitions are located in the Power Center Lobby.
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Raymond James and Associates
350 S. Main St., Ste. 100 (corner of Main and William), Ann Arbor, 734-930-0555. Raymond James and Associates has created a large display space for local artists to show their work in their newly renovated offices. The gallery is open daily Mon.-Fri., from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Recycle Ann Arbor ReUse Center, Re-Art Gallery
2420 S. Industrial Hwy., Ann Arbor, 734-222-7880. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The ReUse Center, with more than 20,000 square feet of retail space, accepts donations of reusable household goods, office supplies, and building materials that it resells to the general public at affordable prices. Donations are accepted until one hour before close.
Rentschler Farm Museum
1265 E. Michigan Avenue, Saline, 734-769-2219. Open for tours May-(early) December on Saturdays. Regular hours are 11:00-3:00 and by appointment. Groups larger than ten require a reservation. Call 734-769-2219. Located one mile east of Downtown Saline and near Industrial Drive (traffic light) and next door to the Sauk Trail Shopping Center. There is a driveway off Michigan Avenue, but the farm property can also be reached by turning into Sage Court and using the back entrance to the museum.
Four generations of Rentschlers lived and worked on this homestead between 1901-1998. Volunteers from the Saline Area Historical Society developed the property with a focus on farm living between the years 1900-1950. These are the years that reflect a time of great change in agriculture and family living. There was the transition from horse to tractor, from kerosene to electricity, from an agriculture-based economy to a manufacturing economy. All of these are visible in the history of this farm, which we dedicate to all farm families of this area. Many of the artifacts that appear quaint today were actually innovative in their own time.
New in 2010 at the farm is a gift shop located in a restored barn. The barn was moved to the Rentschler Farm from the Cody Farm located on Textile Rd. Formerly, the gift shop was in the basement of the farm house.
120 S. Main St., Chelsea.; 734-433-0826. Sun., 12-4 p.m.; Closed Mon.; Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
"2D3D" Michael Thoresen: New Paintings / Joan Painter Jones: New Sculpture
May 25 - June 29
Opening Reception: Thurs., June 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
During the kickoff event for the 9th annual "Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights", an eleven week free outdoor musical event every Thursday in downtown Chelsea.
Riverside Arts Center Gallery
76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti; 734-480-2787. Gallery hours: Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat., 1-5 p.m.
Free parking in the lot adjacent to the building; additional parking in the city lot across the street. For more information write to RACgallery@yahoo.com or call.
AAWA Summer 2013 Juried Exhibit
July 5 through July 27
Artist Reception: Saturday, July 6, 5-7 p.m. Award presentations will take place at 6 p.m.
Ann Arbor Women Artists invites the public to its Summer Juried Exhibit. Our Juror for AAWA Summer 2013 Show is Nancy Flanagan. Ms. Flanagan is a landscape artist who spent a significant part of her professional life painting and teaching in New England.
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Shapiro Science Library
919 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor. 734-764-7490. Check the website for hours.
SH\aut\ Gallery and Cabaret
325 Braun Ct. Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 734-994-3677. Sun.-Thurs., 6 p.m.-10 p. m.; Fri.-Sat., 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Side Door Gallery
Inside The Dexter Picture Frame Co., 8063 Main St., Dexter; 734-426-1581. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed on Sunday.
100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea, 734-475-4111.
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Silver Maples is a locally owned, not-for-profit Senior Living Community; jointly sponsored by the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation and United Methodist Retirement Communities.
Missy Cowen Solitude
Now through June 27
Gallery 100 at Silver Maples of Chelsea welcomes a new spring exhibit featuring the artists of the Chelsea Center for the Arts. “Painterly Expressions” features the work of nine local artists.
This year's show encompasses a wide variety of subject matter including landscape, bird, floral, portrait and still life watercolor paintings with something for everyone to enjoy, Cowan said.
Artists this year are Janet Alford, Rose Bradley, Tammy Burke, Sue Craig, Paula Christie, Mary Fitzgerald, Nita Mills, Missy Cowan, Nancy Murray, Libby Price, Anne Taylor, and Sally Wetzel. There will be works in oil, and pastel, as well as watercolor. There will be nearly 50 paintings on display.
16 Hands Gallery
410 N. Fourth Ave., second floor; 734-761-1110. Handcrafted furniture, lighting, jewelry, garden art. Store Hours: Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed on Holidays.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
123 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor. 734- 769-2331. Store Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-midnight; Sat.-Sun., 7:30 a.m.-midnight
Stone Arch Arts & Events
117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline, 734-678-4551. Open during events, call for details.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Liberty Research Annex, 305 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 3 - 7 p.m.
Tecumseh Area Historical Museum
302 E. Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh; 517-423-2374. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Located in a 1913 gothic stone church located in historic downtown Tecumseh. The Tecumseh Area Historical Society preserves and interprets the history of the communities around Tecumseh, Michigan, including Macon, Ridgeway, Tipton and Britton.
Two Twelve Arts Center
216 W. Michigan Ave., Saline; 734-994-2787(ARTS). Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment.
Windows 2.013 Mosaics and Glass Challenge The Art of Deb Kolar
Now through June 26
Art is a window into an artist’s heart, mind and soul; a way to access an individual’s unique vision of the world. In this exhibit, “Windows 2.013 “we ask you to observe life and nature through the eyes of Jeff and Deb Kolar along with other 212 Artists.
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University of Michigan2435 North Quad, 105 S. State St.
U-M Art Lounge
Located on the 1st floor of the University of Michigan: Michigan Union; 530 S. State St., Ann Arbor, 734-763-5750. Gallery Hours: Daily from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free Admission.
U-M Detroit Observatory Museum
1398 E. Ann St., 734-763-2230. The Detroit Observatory is the oldest in America to retain its original telescopes in their mounts. Call 734-763-2230 for tour schedule.
U-M Hospitals Gifts of Art
The University of Michigan Health System: Nine galleries located throughout the University of Michigan Health System, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, 734-936-ARTS (2787) - gallery information and directions available at all reception desks.
Four galleries in the Taubman Health Care Center and three galleries in the University Hospital are open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Two galleries in the Comprehensive Cancer Center are open Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Newspaper Diary: Photography by Joanne Leonard
Now through June 10
Gifts of Art Gallery - Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
For Joanne Leonard, reserving newspaper clippings is something of an urgent task since future generations may know only digital versions of these fragile pages of newspaper. Through the juxtaposition of news images and images in books, Leonard creates a conversation in her photographs between present and past. The pictures she makes, sometimes witty, often poignant, are a form of diary; they reflect her daily observations as she reads the newspaper over morning coffee. Leonard’s work has been widely exhibited and published, including exhibition in the San Francisco Museum of Art’s Women of Photography, and publication in Janson’s History of Art, Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, and the Time-Life Library of Photography. She is a distinguished Professor Emeritus at U-M.
Now through June 10
Gifts of Art Gallery - Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
When viewing contemporary artist’s books, we find alternative bindings and printing methods that often change the form of the traditional codex by altering type or image, shape or structure. For this exhibit, U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Book Arts Instructor, Barbara Brown, has collected a body of work created by her students who have spent the 2013 winter semester exploring contemporary books and making books as art objects. The following students have work in the show: Ashley Allis, Jessica Costantini, Caili Dalian, Nancy Huynh, Rachel Junker, Janice Lee, Minji Lee, Nina Levin, Corinn Lewis, Rosie Liao, Lyz Luidens, Erica Neuman, Megan Reina, Anna Schulte, Amanda Stimac, Haley Tanasijevich, Diane Thach and Leah Whiteman.
Visions of Serenity: Multi Media Group Show by Athena Art Society
Now through June 10
Gifts of Art Gallery - Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
One of the oldest women's professional art organizations in the country, the Athena Art Society began in 1903 at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio to assist and encourage women in all branches of the fine arts. Athena provides local art awards and scholarships for women, and it stimulates local community participation through leadership and partnerships with other art organizations. Their calming representational and abstract images, landscape scenes, and figures evoke memories and feelings, reflecting Visions of Serenity. Members work in all media, including: painting, drawing, pastel, mixed media, photography, ceramics, sculpture, glass and fiber art.
Now through June 10
Gifts of Art Gallery - University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
Ann Arbor based Adrienne Kaplan explores the American search for happiness by choosing a day at the beach. Her goal is to transmit this search and achievement through the interplay of the paint and the subject. Her works are semi-representational acrylic paintings on canvas. Kaplan earned her BFA in Studio Art & History from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and her MFA in Printmaking from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She is represented by WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor, where she is an active partner and has exhibited her work continuously since 2005.
Behind The Veil: Monoprint & Mixed Media by Casey Blanchard
Now through June 10
Gifts of Art Gallery - University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
Casey Blanchard is a monoprint and mixed media artist living in Vermont. During her travels, Blanchard considers no found object too grand or insignificant for expression in the printing medium. She finds the process of monoprinting to be engaging, fluid, unpredictable and fun. It is the mysteries behind the frayed veil, the torn edge and the unspoken word that intrigue her. Blanchard hopes to wake up the viewer’s perception, encouraging in them reflection, exploration and a connection to meaning. She uses organic materials in her artwork to help draw people to their natural, healthy and whole state. Blanchard has been involved in arts in healthcare both nationally and internationally.
Now through June 10
Gifts of Art Gallery - University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
Missy Orge creates work that is evocative of scientific curiosities and mounted butterflies, with a humor that sneaks up and inspires a much closer look. Her current work focuses on birdpants - tiny, ornithologically correct pants that “could be for backyard visitors who are either fashion-forward or simply chilly in the Michigan winter.” She employs traditional craftwork such as quilting, embroidery and beading to produce highly detailed - and decidedly non-traditional - confections that encourage the viewer to consider the possibilities of enticing a chickadee to don a pair of slacks. Making Ann Arbor her home for more than 20 years, she spends her spare time filling bird feeders in the hope that, one day, she can talk a songbird into modeling her creations.
Mediterraneo: Watercolor by Kay Cassill
Now through August 12
Gifts of Art Gallery - Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
Widely traveled artist Kay Cassill looks for the unusual and the most ordinary views to save in her sketchbook and camera. In her studio, the sketches and photos give rise to watercolor paintings. Whitewashed walls clinging to a cliff and expressive views of a town as seen by a view of a single walkway are details in her paintings that help viewers feel that they were there. Cassill’s postgraduate studies include the University of Iowa, the Art Student’s League in New York City and the Academe de la Grande in Chaumiere, Paris. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York among others. She maintains a studio on Cape Cod as well as in Michigan.
Now through December 9
Gifts of Art Gallery - Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level B2
The American studio glass movement started in 1962 with glass workshops held at the Toledo Museum of Art. The workshops, taught by Harvey Littleton along with scientist Dominick Labino, introduced a small furnace built for working glass that made it possible for artists to work in independent studios. The studio glass movement quickly spread north to Michigan, and in 1982, a decision was made that studio glass would be the focus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn permanent art collection, which is housed at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery. This exhibition is a portion of that collection, spotlighting studio glass art by major artists working in the medium, including Dominick Labino, Marvin Lipofsky and Richard Ritter.
U-M Institute for The Humanities Gallery
202 S. Thayer St., Ste. 1111, Room 1010, 734-936-3518. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
University of Michigan Lane Hall Exhibit Space
204 S. State St. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Women's Studies Department website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/women
U-M Museum of Art (UMMA)
525 S. State St., 734-764-0395. Gallery hours: Sun., 12-5 p.m.; Closed on Mondays; Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the Museum is always free. $5 suggested donation is appreciated.
Designed specifically for the lunch hour, UMMA staff will offer 30 minutes of conversation about art in the UMMA galleries around fresh and entertaining themes such as inspiration, love, heroes, and more. Meet at the Information Desk.
Florencia Pita/FP mod
Now through June 16
Organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Florencia Pita/FP mod explores the provocations and intersections of digital technology, material experimentation, femininity, and ornament in the work of Argentina-born, Los Angeles-based architect and designer Florencia Pita. The exhibition and its related publication, part of the UMMA Books series, trace the evolution of Pita's design ideology through installation pieces, urban design, tableware, furniture, and architecture, as well as small adornments. Pita's boldly colored works draw from literary, art, and biological sources; employ cutting-edge architectural fabrication techniques; and cross borders of visual art, architecture, and design.
Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures: The Walter Koelz Collection, Museum of Anthropology
Now through June 9
Thangkas, portable religious paintings on cloth, are part of a larger array of efficacious religious art that also includes murals, sculpture, and other portable objects. Such works served as didactic devices and aided devotees in their religious practice. The rich iconography of Buddha and Buddhist deities and the colorful images make thangkas fascinating objects to study. This exhibition features thangka paintings and other objects used by Buddhist monks and devotees from the Walter Norman Koelz Collection of Himalayan Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology.
Laurie Anderson: From the Air
Now through August 11
Located between and within performance, visual arts, film, and beyond, Laurie Anderson’s unconstrained and multidisciplinary practice is perhaps most enduringly rooted in her attention to exceptional storytelling. In any genre, she is an unquestionably provocative, poignant, political, and personal teller of tales.
The UMMA New Media Gallery installation consists of a small clay sculpture with projected video that features what appears to be an almost holographic-like miniature Laurie Anderson telling us a story, seated with her dog, Lolabelle. Guest curated by Kathleen Forde, the exhibition builds from Lolabelle's realization on a walk to the beach that she is prey for a group of turkey vultures.
Isamu Noguchi / Qi Baishi / Beijing 1930
Now through September 1
Organized by UMMA in partnership with the Noguchi Museum in New York, this nationally touring exhibition project will feature approximately sixty drawings, including ink paintings, calligraphic works, and sculptures and interpretive materials from UMMA, the Noguchi Museum, and other public and private collections that will shed new light on the transformative relationship between American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) and Chinese ink painter Qi Baishi (1864-1957). In 1930 at the age of twenty-six, Isamu Noguchi traveled eastward on the Trans-Siberian Railroad towards Japan, where he hoped for reconciliation with his father and a reconnection with the childhood sources of his artistic inspiration. Noguchi stopped en route for six months in Beijing, where he met and studied with the renowned Chinese brush-and-ink painter Qi Baishi, an experience that greatly affected his creative vision. This exhibition will showcase the artists' cross-cultural creative impulses and underscore their respective and lasting influences on contemporary practice. The exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly publication and will be on view in Long Island City and Seattle following its debut in Ann Arbor.
Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 is organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.
U-M Museum of Natural History
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m. (Closed on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, Dec. 26, Dec. 31 and New Year's Day). Admission: Free to individuals & groups of 10 or less. Suggested donation is $6 per person. Please note the Museum's main elevator is out of service. An alternate elevator is available and assistance will be provided.
Glimpse: People of our Community
Now through July 7
As we go about our daily lives, we encounter dozens, if not hundreds, of new people each week. But how often do we see beyond the surface? This new exhibit mimics this phenomenon by providing a momentary and partial view of people around Washtenaw County, the people we pass every day in the grocery store, at the library, at the stop light.
The 22 large-format portraits were created by photographer Mohammed Langston to capture a sliver of our community and their thoughts on race; to highlight the diversity in ourregion; and to pique our curiosity. We hope to inspire our community to go deeper, to move beyond the “glimpses” of life and into real relationships with folks who are outside of our normal social circle.
Glimpse and Race in this Place were developed as part of the Understanding Race Project, an audience engagement effort launched by the Museum in anticipation of the nationally traveling exhibit, RACE: Are we so different? (www.UnderstandingRace.org), on display at the Museum from February 9-May 27. The Museum is reaching out to community, school and campus audiences to engage them in conversations about race.
Race in this Place: A Community Conversation
Now through July 7
We hear about issues of race in the news on a national level almost every day. But how does race affect our community here at home? A new exhibit explores some of the ways race affects life in Washtenaw County, and presents some of the people and organizations working to make this a better place for all.
The exhibit explores four themes: health, education, the legal system, and immigration. It identifies issues of race in each area, and presents information about local organizations working on these issues.
The exhibit features a video by Ann Arbor documentary filmmaker Laurie White (Refusing to be Enemies - the Zeitouna Story) highlighting several local residents, who speak about their experiences of race in Washtenaw County. The exhibit also includes photography on the theme of race by area youth who participated in PhotoVoice workshops led by Professor Larry Gant, U-M School of Social Work, as well as artwork by youth participating in the Neutral Zone’s SEED program (Students Empowering Each other about Diversity). Objects from the collection of the African-American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County are also presented.
Race in this Place was developed by Abigail Celis, PhD student in Romance Languages and Museum Studies, with support from U-M’s Arts of Citizenship Program, and designed by the Museum’s exhibit staff.
Race in this Place was developed as part of the Understanding Race Project, an audience engagement effort launched by the Museum in anticipation of the nationally traveling exhibit, RACE: Are we so different?, on display at the Museum from February 9-May 27. The Museum is reaching out to community, school and campus audiences to engage them in conversations about race.
Back to the Sea: The Evolution of Whales
A complete, 50-foot-long skeleton of the extinct whale Basilosaurus isis hangs from the ceiling of the museum’s second floor gallery, and will reign over an updated whale evolution exhibit. Basilosaurus and its companions represent decades of paleontological detective work by a team led by Philip Gingerich, director of the U-M Museum of Paleontology and the Ermine Cowles Case Collegiate Professor of Paleontology. Since the 1980s, Gingerich and colleagues have located and mapped the remains of more than a thousand whales in an area of the Egyptian desert known as Wadi Hitan (“valley of the whales”), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Their work there was the subject of an article in the August 2010 issue of National Geographic. In addition, Gingerich and colleagues have made significant fossil whale discoveries in Pakistan. The finds have helped piece together the story of how whales evolved from typical land-dwelling mammals to creatures that spend their whole lives in the sea.
Race: Are we so different?
Now through August 11
People are different. Throughout history, these differences have been a source of community strength and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression.
The idea of “race” has been used historically to describe these differences and to justify mistreatment of people and even genocide. Today, contemporary scientific understanding of human variation is beginning to challenge “racial” differences, and even challenge the very concept of race.
Race: Are we so different?, developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the Unites States.
The traveling Race exhibit has inspired the University of Michigan’s Understanding Race Project, an audience engagement initiative including the campus-wide, winter term Understanding Race Theme Semester, centered in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; participation by all ten public school districts in Washtenaw County; and extensive involvement by community members, nonprofits, government agencies, and other groups. For more information, visit www.UnderstandingRaceProject.org.
Attention dinosaur fans!
At 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, there are free, 30-minute docent-led tour of the dinosaur exhibits. Sign up on the day of the tour. Limit: 15 people. Made possible with support from the University of Michigan Credit Union.
Hands-On Demo: Cow Eye Dissection
Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what makes our eyes work or how we see? We’ll dissect a cow’s eye to take a closer look at the organ that helps us see the world. How is it similar to and different from our eyes, and those of other animals? Learn the parts of the eye and how they work together to illuminate our sight. While exploring the lens, we’ll also talk about why some of us need glasses and how we can keep our eyes and our vision healthy.
These 20-30 minute interactive programs take place on the 2nd floor of the U-M Museum of Natural History. They include both brief presentations highlighting university research and engaging hands-on activities. They are suitable for adults and children, ages 5 and up.
Archaeology! Current Research in the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology. Fourth Floor Gallery. Ongoing Exhibit. Among the many topics featured in this exhibition are: recent archaeological research under Lake Huron, studies of the remains of 19th century Ann Arbor, excavations of ancient village communities in northern Arizona, the analysis of ancient ceramics from Asia and Mesopotamia, and how archaeologists study the diets of ancient peoples.
Permanent exhibits include: The Hall of Evolution on the Museum's second floor houses Michigan's largest display of prehistoric life. Earth's history is traced through fossils, models, and dioramas. Here you can find dinosaurs, prehistoric whales, mastodons, and much more. The Michigan Wildlife Gallery on the third floor has a large collection of native Great Lakes birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, plants and fungi, with taxidermy mounts, habitat scenes, and the largest mastodon trackway on display in the world. There are also displays about some environmental problems we face in this region today.
U-M SNRE Art & Environment Gallery
Samuel T. Dana Building, 440 Church Street. 734-936-2447. Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Work Of Middy Potter
Now through June 14
Middy Potter biography: Creativity is a major part of my creed; art is the vehicle for part of my creativity. When composing a sculpture, I add a dash of humor, a bit of whimsy, and a pinch of wonderment.
Self taught as an artist, I have always realized the connection of science and art. My formal training includes a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, a form of art in itself. Influences include traveling throughout the United States and Europe while experiencing new cultures, art, buildings, and people. I love to be outside in nature such as walking in a forest or on a beach, voyaging on a boat or a ship, or building gardens in my yard.
Texture, color, technical challenges, and different materials are part of my creations. Materials for my sculptures have included wood, cloth, glass mosaics on three-dimensional forms, stone, metal, cast stone, and found objects.
306 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. 734-761-2287. Gallery Hours: Sun., Noon to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays; Tuesday and Wednesday, Noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday, Noon to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Noon to 10 p.m.
Yourist Studio Gallery
1133 Broadway, Ann Arbor. 734-662-4914. Gallery hours: Sunday, 4-8 p.m.; Tuesday 12-6 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Community Studio Resident Artists
Now through June 14
We have reinvented our gallery with new colors and a line-up of exciting exhibitions to inspire the clay enthusiast in all of us. Exhibit featuring works by some of our Community Studio Resident Artists: Jeremy Andersen, Renee Baxter, Darcy Bowden, Jerry Bricker, Barbara Harding Brown, Nancy Bulkley, Kris Cravens, Marilyn Edington, Oksana Linda, Brandon Moore, Wanda Webster, Kevan Wilson, and Kay Yourist.
Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
100 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti. 734-482-5200. Museum hours: Monday closed; Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Ypsilanti District Library-Michigan
5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. Hours: Sunday closed; Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 am. to 6 p.m.
Ypsilanti District Library-Whittaker
229 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. Hours: Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 am. to 6 p.m.
The Fine Art of Jazz
Now through May 25
This exhibition showcases the impact Kansas City jazz musicians and vocalists had on the national jazz movement of the 1920s and 1930s through photographs of and commentary on renowned jazz musicians who got their start in Kansas City. These artists grew from there to have great impact on American jazz as we know it today. Many of them are still performing and remain a powerful influence on the jazz genre. The Fine Art of Jazz consists of 50 black-and-white photographic portraits by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Dan White complete with commentary from exhibition curator Chuck Haddix, co-author of Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to BeBop - A History.