Media City is an annual international festival of film and video art presented in Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan since 1994. Each year the festival attracts filmmakers and audience members from around the world to participate in five days of screenings, live performances, exhibitions and artist’s discussions. Over the years the festival has achieved critical acclaim and international...
Check out the Arts@Michigan Summer Arts Scavenger...
The Summer Arts Scavenger Hunt is a fun summer activity and a chance to win an iPod Touch! All members of the U-M community are invited to play — faculty, students, staff, and friends! Below are the first three questions. Subscribe to Arts at Michigan’s weekly newsletter to receive each week’s question (along with other interesting arts information) in your inbox! May 2: What folk...
In Focus @ UMMA: New Acquisition Emilio Sanchez
Emilio Sanchez Cuba and United States, 1921-1999 La Fortaleza 1970-75 Oil on canvas Gift of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation, 2011/2.63 Recently UMMA and several academic museums in the US benefitted from the generosity of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation when it donated much of Sanchez’s life work. The gift to UMMA of eighty paintings and lithographs, along with other recent acquisitions from Cuba...
It's gorgeous outside! Get out there and see some...
Did you know that the University of Michigan has a wealth of public art waiting for you to explore? The collection includes both permanently installed and temporary artworks on every campus that span a wide range of media. Visit the Public Art website to browse through the collection for each campus, and go visit the artworks yourself. You can plan a tour by browsing around on the Google map...
Invitation to collaborate with contemporary art...
THIS JUST IN: Launching today, www.o-o-o-o.co.uk is a new website project by contemporary artist Haroon Mirza that invites artists and musicians to download audio samples from his work, remix them, and then upload them back onto the site via Sound Cloud. Haroon Mirza (born 1977, London) is a British artist, working in London and Sheffield, England. Mirza’s work combines domestic materials...
Happy 83rd Birthday Jasper Johns!
Jasper Johns, Jr. (born May 15, 1930) is an American contemporary artist who works primarily in painting and printmaking. In the late 1950’s, Jasper Johns emerged as force in the American art scene. His richly worked paintings of maps, flags, and targets led the artistic community away from Abstract Expressionism toward a new emphasis on the concrete. Johns laid the groundwork for both Pop...
Happy Birthday to Thomas Gainsborough
Thomas Gainsborough (May 14, 1727 – August 2, 1788) was one of the most popular artists of the 18th Century and a founding member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Though much of Gainsborough’s income came from painting portraits, his real passion was for landscapes. Click here to see a slideshow of Gainsborough’s paintings. Image: Landscape, by Thomas Gainsborough, ca....
Photographer Imagines What the Models of Abstract...
WOW: 19-year-old Hungarian photographer Flora Borsi imagines what the models of contorted and skewed abstract paintings must have looked like if they were distorted in real life. Through some pretty hilarious photo manipulation Borsi examines the models for paintings by Kees van Dongen, Rudolf Hausner, and Picasso among others. CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE!
Happy Birthday to Georges Braque
Georges Braque (May 13, 1882 – August 31, 1963) was a major 20th-century French painter and sculptor who, along with Pablo Picasso, developed the art style known as Cubism. “The things that Picasso and I said to one another during those years will never be said again, and even if they were, no one would understand them anymore. It was like being roped together on a...
Happy Birthday to Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto...
Eight favorite quotes from the one and only Salvador Dalí (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989): “At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.” “Have no fear of perfection - you’ll never reach it.” “So little of what could happen does happen.” “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it...
More Fun with Art and Cats
Diary of a Crazy Artist: Good Quotes about Cats courtesy of SFMOMA
SUBMIT YOUR ART for the UncommonGoods iPhone...
The UncommonGoods iPhone Design Challenge is a chance for talented artists to display their best 2D digital captures including original watercolors, acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, collages, photography, digital art, etc. The winner will have their art printed on an iPhone case that will be sold at UncommonGoods. Along with an UncommonGoods vendor contract, the winner will also receive...
Happy Birthday to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (May 6, 1880 – June 15, 1938) was a German expressionist painter and printmaker and one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke or “The Bridge”, a key group leading to the foundation of Expressionism in 20th-century art. In 1933, Kirchner was labelled a “degenerate artist” by the Nazis and over 600 of his works were confiscated from public...
Happy Birthday to Frederic Edwin Church
The “Michelangelo of Landscape Art,” Frederic Edwin Church (May 4, 1826 – April 7, 1900) was an American landscape painter born in Hartford, Connecticut. The only pupil of Thomas Cole, the school’s founder, Church became a central figure in the Hudson River School of American landscape painters and one of the most renowned American artists.
CONGRATS TO UMMA SPAC GRADS!
Katharine Allen - BA History, Museum Studies & Global Media Studies Minor Maya Aravind - MD Dermatology Nina Levin - BA Comparative Literature Mallika Roy - BA International Studies, Urban Studies Minor Elisabeth Wilson - BA Communication, Museum Studies Minor WE’RE GONNA MISS YOU!! Image: annarbor.com
Friday Fun for Dog-Loving Art Fans
HERE YOU GO: Famous Artists Photographed with their Dogs Pablo Picasso and his dog Lump. Frida Kahlo and her Xoloitzcuintli dogs. (click here if you missed our CATS post earlier this week!)
“This exhibition will not make you happier”
“Art, in 21st-century America, is in a state of crisis… it is not useful, and by not being useful, it is not necessary. Drones are useful. Oil is useful. Math and science are, occasionally, useful. But art? Art is frivolous.” — Artist, graphic designer and typographer, Stefan Sagmeister encourages visitors to redefine their ideas of art, and happiness, in his current...
Last chance to see El Anatsui exhibition at UMMA
CLOSING THIS SUNDAY AT 5PM The Ghanaian-born El Anatsui, who lives and works in Nigeria, is widely known for monumental wall sculptures made from discarded bottle tops, and is recognized as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation. The exhibition spans four decades and encompasses work in wood, ceramic, and metal, as well as drawings, prints and paintings. In his most...
Next time you visit the Museum, look for QR codes on labels in the galleries to enjoy movies and other resources about works in UMMA’s collection right from your phone! Don’t have a smart phone? No problem! You can check out an iPad Mini in the UMMA Store! Click here to take the Many Voices tour online, and see what 16 individuals did when invited to create a video response to a...
Famous Artists Photographed With Their Cats
Like everyone else on the internet, we’re always excited to find an excuse to post pix of cats on our blog… enjoy! Salvador Dalí with his pet ocelot, Babou. Gustav Klimt with his pet, Katze. Georgia O’Keeffe with her Siamese cat. Click here to see more kitten companions that have melted the hearts of artists throughout history.
Famous George Seurat Painting Appears on U of M...
This weekend, a group of Arts at Michigan’s student Arts Ambassadors took over a section of the Diag in front of Shapiro Undergraduate Library (aka UGLi) and filled it with a chalk interpretation of George Seurat’sA Sunday on La Grande Jatte - the famous French pointillist painting from 1884. Here are some of the highlights, courtesy of Arts Ambassador Rachel Bissonnette: Chalk...
Please join us at UMMA on Monday, April 29 at 7pm for the exciting premiere of 17 new short films of the Many Voices project, inspired by works of art in the University of Michigan Museum of Art collection. Participating filmmakers ranged from ages 14–59 and included local students, artists, musicians, teachers, and community leaders. Admission is free! Filmmakers will be in attendance for an...
The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission and Huron River Watershed Council are asking for submissions of designs for chalk drawings, to be drawn surrounding available stormdrains along Main Street during the Mayor’s Green Fair, on Friday June 14th, which depict the protection of the natural watershed and how it relates to the storm infrastructure in the city. The purpose of the project is to help...
Read the newest issue of UMMA's magazine online!
Looking back on a fantastic season of exhibitions and programs, and looking forward to exciting new developments—such as the inauguration of a permanent DESIGN GALLERY—check out the online edition of UMMA’s Spring/Summer Magazine to get the inside scoop on what’s going on at the Museum!
The 45th Michigan Student Film & Video Festival is...
Join DIGITAL ARTS, FILM & TELEVISION (DAFT) and some of the brightest young Filmmakers in Michigan, Saturday, April 27, 2013 for DAFT’s 45th Annual Michigan Student Film & Video Festival. Best of Show Winners will have their work screened at the historic Detroit Film Theatre, part of the Detroit Institute of Arts in Midtown. FESTIVAL INFO: What: The 45th Michigan Student Film &...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CY TWOMBLY
Edwin Parker “Cy” Twombly, Jr. (April 25, 1928 – July 5, 2011) was an American artist well known for his large-scale, freely scribbled, calligraphic-graffiti style paintings, on solid fields of mostly gray, tan, or off-white colors. Emerging from the New York art world of the early 1950s, Twombly brought a distinctive approach to painting and sculpture that evaded precise...
FREE CONCERT AT UMMA!
SINGING OUT OUR MINDS Join us for a concert of new songs by twelve UM student singer-songwriters. The culmination of Dick Siegel’s Honors songwriting workshop “Singing Out of Our Minds,” these students will be presenting the best of their new work. Tuesday, April 23, 7 pm UMMA Forum Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Museum of Art
Please join us at UMMA on Monday, April 29 at 7pm for the exciting premiere of 17 new short films of the Many Voices project, inspired by works of art in the University of Michigan Museum of Art collection. From comedic to dramatic, kinetic to poetic, personal to prophetic, these films represent the kaleidoscopic creativity and eclectic visions of members in the Ann Arbor area community. ...
HAPPY EARTH DAY
Michele Oka Doner, United States, born 1945 Angry Neptune, Salacia, and Stride, 2008, Cast bronze Museum purchase made possible by a bequest from Clarence and Ruth Roy, the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund, and the support of the artist, 2009/1.466-468 Majestic yet seemingly crippled, these headless forms—hand burnished and patinated by the artist—evoke ancient, fossilized totems, their surface scarrings...
On North Campus: Creative Process Final Projects
TODAY: UMMA OPENS ITS DOORS TO THE WORLD THROUGH ...
Today the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) announced its partnership in the Google Art Project, a project that was created to preserve and promote art online with acclaimed museums and institutions around the world. UMMA has added 60 high-resolution images to their digitalgallery, which will allow people to explore its paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other works of art...
OPEN HOUSE: Art and Exhibits at UM Libraries
Monday, April 22, 2013 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm Don’t miss this evening of exhibits stretching from Hatcher Graduate Library’s Audubon Room and Gallery through the Clark Library and into the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. The open house highlights artwork by U-M students as well as an exhibit focusing on filmmaker Robert Altman curated by U-M students. Two exhibits held in...