Jan 27 Thursday
Governor Whitmer will deliver her “State of the State” address on January 26th. The next evening, join Zoe Clark for Issues & Ale at Home-- a discussion of what to expect in state politics during this mid-term election year. This virtual event is Thursday, January 27th at 7:00 PM.
Zoe Clark's panel will include:
Jan 24 Monday
The January Series is a FREE 15-day lecture series that takes place each year at Calvin University and aims to cultivate deep thought and conversations about important issues of the day in order to inspire cultural renewal and make us better global citizens in God's world.
The 2022 January Series is every weekday from January 10-28 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST. View the full lineup of speakers. You can join us on campus for the live event in the Covenant Fine Arts Center, watch from one of our 50+ remote sites across the continent, or tune in online with on demand viewing until midnight each day. Please note: masks are required in all Calvin buildings, including the auditorium, to keep our community safe.
Interested in receiving daily email reminders throughout the series? Simply fill out this form. Or just come back here each day; there will be a Watch Now button to tune in to the daily presentation LIVE at 12:30 p.m. EST or ON DEMAND from 2 p.m. EST until midnight PST each day. You'll be asked a few quick questions to gain access before being directed to the presentation page.
The 2022 calendar is available to download and print. https://calvin.edu/contentAsset/raw-data/d9315cdd-cd40-4749-a2ce-7e5f24b33455/fileAsset?byInode=true
Jan 30 Sunday
Due to uncertainty caused by the omicron variant, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra will not embark on their upcoming national tour. As a result, their performance scheduled for Sunday, January 30, 2022 in Hill Auditorium has been canceled.
As Detroit’s Sphinx Organization celebrates its 25th anniversary, UMS presents the full orchestra on its first-ever national tour, immediately after its performances as part of the Sphinx Competition. The Sphinx Symphony Orchestra is the unique all-Black and Latinx orchestra composed of top professionals from around the US, with members serving as mentors to Competition finalists and promoting works by Black and Latinx composers. Sphinx’s vocal ensemble, EXIGENCE, joins the ensemble for several pieces, including Joel Thompson’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, a powerful multi-movement choral work that was premiered by the U-M Glee Club in 2016 and memorializes the last words spoken by seven African- American men killed by police or other authority figures.
Feb 03 Thursday
Michigan International Auto Show, February 3rd through 6th, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. This Winter Auto Show will feature new vehicles from 25 manufacturers, and a collection from the Gilmore Car Museum. The Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association invites you to the greatest annual opportunity to shop your next new car, view the hottest new vehicles, and check out soon to be released models! Experience what drives you and explore all the new technology, innovation, and performance features the auto industry is showcasing at the show with your family or friends. Let’s put it in drive!
Jun 14 Tuesday
True stories, told live and without notes. The Moth celebrates the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. Hugely popular each week on NPR stations across the country, along with the equally popular Moth podcast, The Moth is a community where entertainment and enlightenment merge. The Moth Mainstage features five tellers who develop and shape their stories with Moth directors. Don't miss The Moth's return to Wharton Center!
Run time: TBD
Age Recommendation: This presentation my contain adult language and my not be suitable for all ages.
This exhibition proactively engages with debates about restitution and the ethics of museums’ owning African heirlooms collected during the era of colonization. The investigation and research into 11 works of African art will be conducted publicly — visitors will have access to documents, photographs, and correspondence that will help UMMA develop a better understanding of each object’s history, grappling in real time with questions surrounding legal and ethical ownership of these artworks. Though complex, this project presents exciting opportunities for museum transparency and creating new pathways for relationship-building with partners in Africa and its diaspora.
Organized as a response to the Museum’s recent acquisition of Titus Kaphar’s "Flay (James Madison)," this upcoming reinstallation of one of our most prominent gallery spaces forces us to grapple with our collection of European and American art, 1650-1850.
In recent times, growing public awareness of the continued reverberations of the legacy of slavery and colonization has challenged museums to examine the uncomfortable histories contained in our collections, and challenged the public to probe the choices we make about those stories. Choices about which artists you see in our galleries, choices about what relevant facts we share about the works, and choices about what - out of an infinite number of options - we don’t say about them.
In "Curriculum / Collection," an incredible variety of University of Michigan courses take material form. Collected for each course are objects that address the nature of materiality, time, and human interaction in relation to our environments, our wars, our relationships, and our eccentricities.
"How does my own situated point of view, as a queer man / graduate student / art historian at the University of Michigan, frame my reading of what is present and absent in this collection? And how can I translate my encounters to you — the online museum visitor who maybe just wanted to see sex stuff?" Curatorial fellow Sean Kramer tries to answer these questions and others in "Oh honey...A queer reading of UMMA's collection."
Following years of research into the Museum’s and University of Michigan’s relationships with Africa and African art collections, "We Write To You About Africa" is a complete reinstallation and doubling of the Museum’s space dedicated to African art.
Featuring a wide range of artworks—from historic Yoruba and Kongo figures to contemporary works by African and African American artists, such as Sam Nhlengenthwa, Masimba Hwati, Jon Onye Lockard and Shani Peters—the exhibition directly addresses the complex and difficult histories inherent to African art collections in the Global North, including their entanglements with colonization and global efforts to repatriate African artworks to the continent.
On March 16, 2020, we closed our doors, just six days after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. We didn’t know for how long. At that point there were twelve confirmed COVID-19 cases in Washtenaw County. We weren’t wearing masks because we didn’t fully understand how the virus is transmitted. We reopened to the public 488 days later, on June 17, 2021. While it is exciting to be together again and to see the world slowly reopen, we are also deeply impacted by what we’ve been through. This exhibition holds both of those feelings.
How do museums engage with local communities? This panel offers first-hand experience with different models of museum-based community practice. With its exhibit “Frankfurt Jetzt” (Frankfurt Now) & Stadtlabor (City Laboratory), Frankfurt’s historical museum has turned to the city’s residents as experts and invited them to participate in curatorial teams. The Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, D.C. takes community to heart and works to amplify “collective power for a more equitable future.” The Toledo Art Museum probes a form of community engagement that aims to foster “a sense of belonging for all its audience.” This international panel of distinguished museum curators and directors illuminates how specific forms of engagement work to strengthen museum-community bonds across racial, economic, and other social boundaries. What kind of challenges and opportunities are implied in these museum practices and how can municipalities help to sustain them? Join us for an exploration of museum opportunities and challenges. Zoom presentation, details here: http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/tribe-event/museums-and-communities-virtual-panel/
Jan 25 Tuesday