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Art & Around for the period Jan. 3-12, 2008

By |2008-01-03T09:00:00-05:00January 3rd, 2008|Entertainment|

EDITOR’S PICK:

In 1978, only two years after the end of China’s Cultural Revolution, noted Magnum photographer Inge Morath and her husband, playwright Arthur Miller, were invited to travel to China. They returned again in 1979 and 1983, fueled by Morath’s knowledge of Chinese language, poetry, and history, and Miller’s interest in the politics of the present moment. This exhibition captures two artists responding to a society in transition and explores a little-known chapter in a long creative partnership between Morath and Miller.
Because of the University of Michigan’s strong ties to playwright Arthur Miller and its longtime strength in Chinese studies, the University of Michigan Museum of Art was selected as the first venue for this exhibition.
“Inge Morath and Arthur Miller: China” runs Jan. 12 through March 23 at UMMA Off/Site, 1301 South University (at South Forest), Ann Arbor.
Hours are Tue., Fri., Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wed. and Thu, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
For information, call 734-763-UMMA.

ARCHITECTURE/GARDEN TOURS:

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: “Elegance in Entertaining: Traditions at the Estate” explores the holiday season and its celebrations held at the Ford home. Through Jan. 8. $8. Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org

ART,HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:

Arab American National Museum Exhibit: “Silver Speaks: Traditional Jewelry of the Middle East” (through March 30). Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
The Art Museum at MSU The museum is closed through Jan. 6. East Lansing: 517-353-9834. http://www.artmuseum.msu.edu
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibit: “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.” Through March 30. Open Wed.-Sun. $10. Bloomfield Hills: 877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrookart.edu
Cranbrook Institute of Science Permanent exhibits include: “Life Changes Over Time”; “Ice Ages Come And Go”; and “Peoples of the Woodlands: Objects of Great Lakes Native America.” Open daily. $8 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3200. http://science.cranbrook.edu
Detroit Historical Museum New exhibits include: “1920s: Detroit Building Boom” and “Rallying the Home Front: Posters from WWII.” Wed.-Sun. $6 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org
Detroit Institute of Arts Now open, the New DIA: More gallery space; more art; more fun, with featured exhibit “Julie Mehretu: City Sitings” (through March 30). General admission: $8. Open Wed.-Sun. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Our Body: The Universe Within.” Extended through Jan. 6. $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission. Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibit: “Contemporary Realism.” Through Jan. 13. Open Tue.-Sun. $7; Saturdays free. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
Greenfield Village Closed for the winter (Jan. 1-April 14). Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
Henry Ford Museum Exhibit: “Best of Friends: Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi,” which highlights the artistic and architectural works by these two creators. Through Jan. 15. Open daily. General museum admission: $14. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
Longway Planetarium Michigan’s largest planetarium hosts numerous programs and activities for people of all ages. $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400. http://www.longway.org
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include “MSU Museum: 150 Years of Discovery”. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibit: Words Fail Me,” curated by Matthew Higgs, which sends messages in many different forms through 16 art works by 18 re-known artists from Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Through Jan. 20. Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622. http://www.mocadetroit.org
Public Museum Exhibit: “The Supremes Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection,” which explores the exciting history of Motown records and the Civil Rights movement. Through Jan. 6. Open daily. Grand Rapids: 616-456-3977. http://www.grmuseum.org
Sloan Museum Exhibit: “Rides and Rebels,” a celebration of the adventure, look and lifestyle of motorcycles. Through March. $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450. http://www.sloanmuseum.com
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibit: “Inge Morath and Arthur Miller: China,” which captures two artists responding to a society in transition. Jan. 12-March 23. Free. Open Tue.-Sun. at the temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: Lora Fosberg’s “Dystopia for Daydreamers”; Adrienne Outlaw’s “Fecund Series”; cultural animators The Moving Crew’s “Transfer-Mation” (all through Jan. 18); and Mary Gaynier’s “No Two Are Alike” (through March 2). Grand Rapids: 616-454-3994. http://www.uica.org

ART GALLERIES:

Amazwi Contemporary Art A unique gallery that gives voice to a diverse array of African artists, while broadening appreciation of their talent and understanding of their cultures. Saugatuck: 269-857-5551. http://www.amazwi.com
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits: “Creativity Camp 2007,” featuring art created by last summer’s Creativity Campers (through Feb.); and “Medically Speaking,” which explores historical scientific iconography as a vehicle for more contemporary ideas (Jan. 11-Feb. 15). Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org
City Gallery Exhibit: “Remembrance,” a mixed media collection by artist Carolyn W. Miller. Through Jan. 31 at Costick Center, Farmington Hills. Open during regular business hours and during special events. 248-473-1856.
Focus Hope Gallery Exhibit: “Are We Community: A Linkage Exhibition of Art II,” a thought-provoking exhibit of work created by formerly incarcerated artists presented by the Prison Creative Arts Project. Through Jan. 30. Free. Open during regular business hours. Detroit: 313-494-4376. http://www.focushope.edu
Gallery Project Exhibits: “Window Shopping,” a series of highly original holiday installations by five Michigan artists, concludes with: Catherine Smith and Thom Bohnert (through Jan. 6); and “Myth of Difference,” a multi-media exhibit featuring disabled and non-disabled artists whose work reflects the joys and sorrows of being different (Jan. 9-Feb. 17). Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: “Susan Adelman – Contrasts,” a show featuring paintings, sculpture and jewelry. Jan. 9-Feb. 2. Open Wed.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com
Liberal Arts Gallery Exhibit: “Dawud Mohammed, Recent Works.” Jan. 12-Feb. 2. Free. Open Saturday afternoons. Detroit: 313-925-9578. http://www.liberalartsgallery.com
Lowell Area Arts Council Gallery Exhibit: “Pastels Only 2008 Invitational Exhibition” showcases a variety of work using soft pastels. Jan. 6-Feb. 2. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
Riverside Arts Center Exhibit: “Dynamic Organics,” mixed-media works by Diane Austin and photographs by Leslie Ford. Jan. 10-Feb. 2. Free. Open Thu.-Sun. Ypsilanti: 734-480-2787. http://www.riversidearts.org
Saper Galleries Come see why Decor Magazine named the gallery its top art gallery in 2007. Open Mon.-Sat., plus Sundays through Dec. 23. East Lansing: 517-351-0815. http://www.sapergalleries.com

DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:

Detroit Dance Collective The 28th season opens with “Collage,” which features dance pieces new to DDC, plus favorites from its repertoire. Jan. 12-13 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn. $15; $45 for Jan. 13 Concert & Party Combo fundraiser. 734-259-9659. http://www.detroitdancecollective.org
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2007/08 season continues with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Mendelssohn’s sprightly take on the Shakespeare Classic. Jan. 4 at Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com
Riverwalk Theatre “Broadway and Beyond,” a song and dance revue of pop and jazz standards, plus new and classic Broadway favorites performed by chorus, soloists and The Grand Band. Jan. 5-6, 2008. $10-$12. Lansing: 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
University Musical Society The 2007/08 season continues with the Emerson String Quartet (Jan. 4, 2008 at Rackham Auditorium; $22-$46). Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org
The Whiting The St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre presents “Romeo and Juliet the Ballet.” Jan. 12. $15-$30. Flint: 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com

FILM & VIDEO:

Detroit Film Theatre Celebrating 30 years as one of America’s most comprehensive, popular acclaimed showcases of contemporary and classic world cinema. DFT at the Detroit Institute of Arts. $7.50. Detroit: 313-833-3237. http://www.dia.org/dft
FIA Theater Quality avant-garde, independent and international films that otherwise would not be seen in the Flint area. FIA Theater at the Flint Institute of Arts. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films ($8.50). Ann Arbor: 734-668-TIME. http://www.michtheater.org
The Mitten Movie Project A filmmaking collective that exhibits the work of filmmakers in Michigan on the first Tuesday of every month. Main Art Theatre. $10-$11. Royal Oak: 248-346-8449. http://www.thoughtcollide.com
Redford Theatre An historic 1928 movie house in northwest Detroit with an original Barton Theatre Pipe Organ that presents classic film series, organ concerts and special events in a beautifully restored setting. $4/regular tickets; $5/special movie tickets. Detroit: 313-537-2560. http://www.redfordtheatre.com
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan’s “best alternative film theater” presents cutting edge movies seven days a week. $4-$7. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994 . http://www.uica.org

SPOKEN/WRITTEN WORD:

EchoVerse Poetry Series & Slam Enjoy national and local feature performances, in the city’s most nurturing environment for creative expression every. Every Friday at the Java Exchange Cafe in Detroit’s TechTown. $5-$7. Detroit: 313-822-6456. http://www.echoversepoetry.com
Shaman Drum Bookshop Events for young and old; call for details. Ann Arbor: 734-662-7407.
UICA Writers’ Studio A weekly gathering that provides criticism and inspiration to those whose passion is writing. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Every Wed. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Grand Rapids: 616-454-7000. http://www.uica.org

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