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UMMA's 'Nights at the Museum' to feature week of outdoor film screenings, art installations, performances

  • Contact Dave Lawrence, 734-647-0524, dlawr@umich.edu or Sydney Hawkins 734-615-8765, sydhawk@umich.edu

UMMA exterior, Photo by Leisa Thompson UMMA exterior, Photo by Leisa Thompson ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan Museum of Art will illuminate its facade with artwork, performances and a family-friendly movie night over a week in early September.

"Nights at the Museum," UMMA's first-ever exterior media art initiative, begins Friday, Sept. 2, during Artscapade!, a Welcome Week event for new U-M students, and concludes Friday, Sept. 9, at UMMA's twice-annual After Hours community celebration.

"Nights at the Museum" is open to the public and will run each night from 8:30 p.m. to dawn along its State Street-side facade, on the west side of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing.

"This week-long event fulfills our goal of extending arts experiences beyond the galleries of the museum," said UMMA director Joseph Rosa. "'Nights at the Museum' has something for everyone to enjoy."

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from dusk to dawn, UMMA will showcase a digital art installation by Quayola titled "Pleasant Places." Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh, Quayola has returned to the same countryside of Provence 125 years later to create of a series of digital paintings exploring the boundary between representation and abstraction. "Pleasant Places" will also be projected overnight throughout the remainder of the week.

Monday, Sept. 5 will feature a family-friendly movie night with a screening of Pixar Animation Studios' "Toy Story."

Tuesday through Thursday, UMMA will collaborate with U-M arts partners, including the University Musical Society, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The museum invited each organization to showcase a related video performance or art installation.

The full schedule for "Nights at the Museum" includes:

Friday, Sept. 2:
7-10 p.m., Artscapade! student welcome event
10 p.m.-7 a.m., "Pleasant Places" installation by artist Quayola

Saturday, Sept. 3:
8:30 p.m.-7 a.m., "Pleasant Places" installation by artist Quayola

Sunday, Sept. 4:
8:30 p.m.-7 a.m., "Pleasant Places" installation by artist Quayola

Monday, Sept. 5:
8:30-10 p.m., Family-friendly movie night with a screening of "Toy Story"

10 p.m.-7 a.m., "Pleasant Places" installation by artist Quayola

Tuesday, Sept. 6:
8:30-10 p.m., Performances by U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance students and faculty, including the Men's Glee Club, University Symphony Band, University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir. "Love, Life & Loss," a 30-minute film featuring the Michigan Men's Glee Club performing "The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed," will kick off the performances.

10 p.m.-7 a.m., "Pleasant Places" installation by artist Quayola

Wednesday, Sept. 7:
8:30-10 p.m., Short art films created by U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design faculty and students:

  • Zoe Anderson (BFA 2007): "Little Luminaries"
  • Ashley Bock (BFA 2018): "Fission"
  • Alexa Borromeo (BFA 2016): "Stay Out of the Sun"
  • Shane Darwent (MFA 2018): "Orquesta de las Calles"
  • Niki Horowitz (BFA 2016): "Personal Projections"
  • Carol Jacobsen (Stamps professor): "Prison Diary"
  • Andy Kirshner (Stamps associate professor): "Liberty's Secret" (segment)
  • Rebekah Modrak (Stamps associate professor): "Re Made Best Made Echo"
  • Zoe Brendan Widmer (BFA 2016): "Does My Undercut Make Me Look Queer?"
  • Niki Williams (BFA 2016): "Grimestone"

10 p.m.-7 a.m., "Pleasant Places" installation by artist Quayola

Thursday, Sept. 8:
8:30-10 p.m., Screening of Snarky Puppy's "Family Dinner-Volume Two" in collaboration with UMS. Part of the UMS Jazz series, Snarky Puppy is a Grammy Award-winning "quasi-collective" that will perform at Hill Auditorium March 17, 2017.

10 p.m.-7 a.m., "Pleasant Places" installation by artist Quayola

Friday, Sept. 9:
7-10 p.m., UMMA After Hours
10:15 p.m.-7 a.m., "Pleasant Places" installation by artist Quayola

"UMMA hopes to expand the availability of arts and culture beyond our walls," said Carrie Throm, UMMA's deputy director of development and external relations. "We invite the community to join us for this week of experimentation, collaboration and fun."

 

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