Contemporary art by Arab American artists on exhibit at Arab American National Museum
DEARBORN – “In/Visible,” the first exhibition of contemporary art by first and second generation Americans of Arab heritage opens May 19 to coincide with the inauguration of the Arab American National Museum. “In/Visible” expands on the Museum’s mission by presenting art works that shed light on the diversity of contributions by Arab American artists. The exhibition features traditional approaches to art-making as well as works by artists that experiment with new mediums and practices.
“In/Visible” presents fourteen artists engaged in redefining their relationship with the geopolitical environment and the forces that are shaping their world. Their art makes visible the human concerns that are often overshadowed by fleeting ten-second media sound bites on war and conflict in Arab countries and the rest of the world; it also invokes historical metaphors and exposes parallels in the social and economic realities of globalization.
While all participating artists share a common heritage, the themes in their work are distinctly personal, and reflect unique experiences explored in a range of styles from digitally manipulated photographs in family albums, to collaborations with a leading Arab poet, to large abstract paintings inspired by nature. They engage the viewer with humor, allegory, and an introspective meditative style.
The opening reception is scheduled for May 19 at 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Oct. 30.
The Arab American National Museum is located at 13624 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.
For more information, call 313-582-2266 or log ontohttp://www.theaanm.org.
Gillian Anderson and A2SO resurrect silent version of ‘Peter Pan’
ANN ARBOR – Renowned musicologist and conductor Gillian Anderson will lead the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in a very special performance accompanying the original 1924 silent film version of “Peter Pan” on Thursday, May 26 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.
Anderson has reconstructed and restored the original orchestral scores for more than 20 of the great silent classics, performing them throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Her performances have included appearances at the Louvre, the National Gallery of Art, and the New York Film Festival.
The New York Times pick for “Best Film” of 1924, this version of “Peter Pan” was supervised directly by author J.M. Barrie and featured the diminutive Betty Bronson in the title role. She was hand selected by Barrie over several Hollywood superstars, including Gloria Swanson and Mary Pickford. Since the Michigan Theater is from the same era as the film, this is a rare opportunity to “go back in time” and enjoy “Peter Pan” in the movie palace grandeur that the filmmaker envisioned.
Showtime is 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for Michigan Theater members, students, seniors and US veterans.
The Michigan Theater is Ann Arbor’s historic center for fine film and performing arts located in downtown Ann Arbor at 603 East Liberty Street.
For complete information call the theater’s 24-hour information line at 734-668-TIME or log onto http://www.michtheater.org.
Artrain USA kicks off Michigan tour
ANN ARBOR – Artrain USA has announced a nine-city Michigan State Tour that kicked off May 14 in Petoskey. The Michigan Tour will take the exhibition “Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture” throughout Artrain USA’s founding state.
Michigan Tour dates are Petoskey, May 11 to 15; Mt. Pleasant, May 18 to 22; Ludington, May 29 to June 1; Lowell, June 5 & 7 and June 11 & 12; Harrisville, Oct. 1 to 4; Standish, Oct. 7 to 10; West Branch, Oct. 13 to 16; Owosso, Oct. 20 to 23; and Grand Haven, Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.
“We are thrilled to be sharing our ‘Native Views’ exhibition in our home state. Touring in Michigan is always a highlight along our national tour route. It is a chance to return to our roots and strengthen our legacy. This tour is a salute the arts in Michigan and the ‘Native Views’ exhibition is a celebration of the outstanding contributions Native American artists make in our society,” said Debra Polich, president and CEO of Artrain USA.
Native Views is a contemporary Native American art exhibition comprised of 71 artworks by 54 Native American artists. It explores the influence of popular culture and the many commonalties shared by all Americans.
Artrain USA is “America’s Hometown Art Museum.” A nonprofit organization, Artrain is an art museum housed in vintage rail cars that travels via the nation’s railroads. More than 3 million people have visited Artrain USA during 780 community visits across 45 states. Founded in Michigan in 1971 by the Michigan Council for the Arts, Artrain USA’s national headquarters is in Ann Arbor.
For more information please call 800-ART-1971 or http://www.ArtrainUSA.org.
Local artists create works inspired by Ann Arbor’s natural wonder
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Art Center will feature its newest Off the Wall Gallery exhibit throughout downtown Ann Arbor from May 23 through August 1. The Huron River will be the inspiration for local artists creating the banners.
The Huron River is a major environmental feature of Washtenaw County and beyond, and is the only river in southeast Michigan designated a Country-Scenic Natural River. The banners for this exhibition, made possible by a partnership with the Huron River Watershed Council, will reflect the artist’s impressions of the river itself, its wildlife, its surroundings, or other related features. The banners created for this project will represent a variety of interpretations relating to the Huron River theme and may range from realistic to abstract.
For more information about the exhibit, call 734-994-8004, ext. 111.
Grammy Award winner Branford Marsalis performs at The Whiting
FLINT – Multiple Grammy Award winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis graces The Whiting stage Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m.
The New Orleans native was born into one of the city’s most distinguished musical families which includes brothers Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason, and the family patriarch, pianist/music educator Ellis Marsalis. Marsalis, who is best known as a jazz musician, is equally at home on the stages of the world’s jazz clubs as well as its classical halls, Marsalis weaves his way through genres from blues to pop to classical with a musical scope and innovative spirit of daring proportions in a never-ending effort to challenge perceived musical boundaries and limitations.
Tickets for this engagement range from $29 to $49.
For complete information, call 810-237-7333 or log onto http://www.thewhiting.com.