May 28 Saturday
Saturday & Sunday from 10am-6pm and Monday from 10am-4pm.
Named one of the top 200 Sunshine Art Fairs in the country, the Kensington Art Fair is situated by Maple Beach in Kensington Metro Park. Free admission; however, Metro park Pass is required. Juried Artists, Food Trucks and Specialty Food available. Music. Hands on projects.
Presented by Integrity Shows.
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.
May 27 Friday
This exhibition features approximately forty remarkable mid to large-scale glass works spanning three decades of John Wood's artistic career. Inspiration for his work is drawn from a combination of influences from modern art: Fauvist in color sensibility, Cubist in multiplicity of viewpoint, and Abstract Expressionist in spirit. Please check the gallery website for hours: www.umdearborn.edu/stamelos.
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.
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.
Trace the fascinating and sometimes troubling stories behind the world's most desired ceramics. The technology and taste for blue and white porcelain originated in China in the fourteenth century, and quickly set off a worldwide craze that lasted five hundred years. Installed across four different galleries at UMMA, this exhibition explores that history and tracks the influence of blue and white ceramics across the globe.
In "Pan-African Pulp," Botswana-born artist Meleko Mokgosi explores the history of Pan-Africanism, the global movement to unite ethnic groups of sub-Saharan African descent. His Vertical Gallery installation, which inaugurates a new biennial commission program at UMMA, features large-scale panels inspired by African photo novels of the 1960s and ’70s, a mural examining the complexity of blackness, posters from Pan-African movements from around the world, including those founded in Detroit and Africa in the 1960s, and stories from Setswana literature.
"Pan-African Pulp" vividly connects to Detroit’s deep history of activism, where organizations such as Black Nation of Islam, The Republic of New Afrika, Shrine of the Black Madonna (Black Christian Nationalism), Pan-African Congress, and United Negro Improvement Association were founded. The renewed urgency for diversity and civil rights in Detroit, and the country as a whole, heightens the relevance of Mokgosi’s project and reveals the deep connections between these historical movements and those developing today.
Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit presents the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, the world’s most popular immersive art experience happening on May 12 to September 5, 2022, 10am- 9pm. Immersive Van Gogh is a visually spectacular digital art exhibition that has received widespread critical acclaim throughout North America. Immersive Van Gogh invites audiences to “step inside” the iconic works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh, evoking his highly emotional and chaotic inner consciousness through art, light, music, movement, and imagination. The Italian creative team have custom designed their vision to fit the unique architecture of each Immersive Van Gogh venue.
Ticket prices start at $39.99 off peak and 54.99 peak ($29.99 for children 16 and under). Visit immersivevangogh.com to learn more.
Featuring works by twelve artists from around the globe who explore the weaving of contemporary ideas with traditional art and craft to create thought-provoking hybrid images and objects that have caught the world’s attention. From rugs and mosaic to metalwork and ceramics, they are merging age-old art and craft customs with innovative techniques that interrupt tradition while still collaborating with the past.
Learn more at MarshallFredericks.org
This Exhibition is made possible with the support of the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Image credit: Anila Quayyum Agha, Teardrop (After Robert Irwin), 2016, polished stainless steel with mirror finished, halogen lighting, ed. 2/8, 46” diameter; Courtesy of Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX.