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Art & Around for the period June 7-16

By | 2007-06-07T09:00:00-04:00 June 7th, 2007|Uncategorized|

The University of Michigan Museum of Art presents “Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary: Japanese Contemporary Photography,” an exhibition of works by 11 young photographers – most of whom are unknown to North American audiences – that challenges conventional Western assumptions about Japanese aesthetics and culture. Pregnant men posing in a fertility clinic; strangers photographed from outside the windows of their homes; a young woman dressed up in the various costumes of Tokyo teenagers, exploring consumer-oriented notions of “youth” – these are but a few of the puzzling and provocative images presented. Michiko Kasahara, one of Japan’s leading curators of contemporary art, has chosen artists whose photographic vision probes the many layers of social and moral anxiety that underlie a surface of prosperity and well-being.
The exhibit runs June 16-Sept. 16 at UMMA’s Off/Site location at 1301 S. University in Ann Arbor. Admission is free. Call 734-763-UMMA or log on to for details.
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Detroit Festival of the Arts Detroit’s unrivaled international arts festival features 100 music, dance and theatrical performances, plus the Fine Arts and Crafts Market. June 8-10 in Detroit’s Midtown University Cultural Center. Free admittance. Detroit: 313-577-5088.


Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Stroll along the sweeping lakefront grounds of the elegant estate while sipping a glass of wine during the Ford House Garden Party June 14 ($25); plus, take a tour behind the scenes and examine special subjects that provide a new perspective on the family that left an indelible mark on the automotive industry, the arts community and the region. Some advance reservations are required; fees vary. Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222.


Arab American National Museum Exhibit: “The Photography of Suleiman Al Awadi (June 15-Aug. 19); plus “Arab Civilization: Our Heritage” (Community Courtyard); “Coming to America” (Gallery 1); and “Making an Impact” (Gallery 3). Open Wed.-Sun. Dearborn: 313-582-2266.
Cranbrook Art Museum A contemporary art museum located at the heart of Cranbrook Educational Community, one of the nation’s greatest architectural complexes. Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314.
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. 248-645-3200.
Detroit Historical Museum Exhibits include: “Treasures of the Collection,” “Fabulous Five: Detroit Music Legends” and “Detroit Then & Now.” Wed.-Sun. $5 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805.
Detroit Institute of Arts While the museum is closed to complete renovations, the DIA presents “Fore! Fun,” a one-of-a-kind, 10-hole mini-golf course on the north lawn. Runs Wed.-Sun., through Labor Day. $5. Detroit: 313-833-4005.
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Our Body: The Universe Within.” Extended through Sept. 3. $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission. Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400.
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Artists of the Great Lakes: 1910-1960.” Through Aug. 19. Open Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695.
The Henry Ford Exhibit: “Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars,” featuring more than 19 legendary cars and 30 guitars that are synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll. At Henry Ford Museum June 9-Sept. 30. $14 museum admission. Dearborn: 313-982-6001.
Kresge Art Museum Exhibits include: “Working America: Photographs from the Ewing Galloway Agency, 1910-1950 (through June 17); “Circus: The Art of the ‘Strange & Curious” (through July 27); and “Sorrow Unmasked: Images of Grief, Mourning and Remembrance” (through July 27). Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834.
Longway Planetarium Michigan’s largest planetarium hosts numerous programs and activities for people of all ages. $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400.
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include: “Workers Culture in Two Nations: South Africa and the United States.” Through Aug. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibits: “STUFF: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron.” Through July 29. Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622.
Sloan Museum Exhibits include: “Fair Housing in Flint” (through Nov. 4). $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450.
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary: Contemporary Japanese Photography.” June 16-Sept. 16. Open Tue.-Sun. at its temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: “Unreal Lives,” real and imagined painted satirical portraits by Dick Keaveny in the Race Street Gallery; “Limping Down the Fence Line,” a multimedia installation by Robin Starbuck in the In Space Gallery; and “Archeopteryx in a Cactus Patch: A Story of Ecological Invasions” by Jenny Pope in the Front Street Gallery. Through July 22. Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994.


Abreact: The Art Gallery Exhibit: “Theaters throughout Michigan,” photos of theaters in their current state of decay by C. H. Carroll. Every Saturday afternoon through June. Detroit: 313-247-5270.
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.
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibit: “Question of Connection,” showcasing artists Deborah Campbell, Judith Peebles and Lisa Whiting. Through June 24. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110.
Biddle Gallery Exhibit: “Vessels” by John Albert Murphy. Through Aug. 31. Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779.
Cass Cafe Exhibit: “Disposable Heroes,” new paintings by Ron Zakrin. Through June 16. Open daily. Detroit: 313-831-1400.
Downriver Council for the Arts Exhibits: landscape paintings by Richard Brinn and Kevin Myers, and clay sculptures by Ginger Scobie in the Home Gallery; and paintings by Christopher Fick in the Skylight Gallery. Through June 29. Open Wed.-Sat. 734-287-6103.
Farmington Hills City Hall Exhibit: “Celebrate Diversity in People, Places, Sounds and Colors,” a traveling exhibit from the Arts League of Michigan. Through June 29. Open weekdays during business hours. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1856.
Gallery 194 Exhibit: “Fiber & Glass” featuring Deborah Hyde and John Fitzpatrick. Through June 23. Lapeer: 810-667-1495.
Gallery Project Exhibit: “Function,” which defines design as structure and utility as aesthetic forms. Through June 17. Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012.
Huntington Galleria Exhibit: The paintings of Karen T. Hale. Through June 18. Open Mon.-Sat. Lowell: 616-897-8545.
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: “Intimate Views,” a joint mother-daughter show featuring mixed media pieces by Donna J. Engstrom and photography by her daughter, Mary Macey. Through June 30. Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394.
Liberal Arts Gallery A unique space offering a revolving exhibit featuring local artists. Open Saturdays and by appointment. Detroit: 313-925-9578.
Lowell Area Arts Council Exhibit: “The Pet Project,” a collaborative exhibition featuring artists of all ages designed to pay tribute to an important family member: our pets. Two locations: Lowell Area Arts Council (Tue.-Sat.) and the Franciscan Life Process Center (Mon.-Fri.). June 10-July 19. Lowell: 616-897-8545.
Octane Photographic Exhibit: “unfiltered 2,” an exhibition for artists outside the mainstream. Through July 15. Ferndale: 248-399-2355.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: “The Art of Carl Hoerman: An Emigre’s Vision of America,” the first solo exhibition of the artist’s works. June 14-July 31. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300.
Scarab Club Exhibits: “Blooms, Bugs, Beasts,” an all-media show; and “Scarab Club Members’ Exhibit,” an unthemed all-media show. Through June 30. Open Wed.-Sun. Detroit: 313-831-1250.


Detroit Symphony Orchestra The season concludes with: “Fanfare for the Common Man: Unmasked” (June 8-10; $15-$69). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111.
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival Eighteen concerts at venues throughout Southeast Michigan will feature the music of Beethoven and Kirchner. June 9-24. $10, $30 & $35. 248-559-2097.
Lowell Showboat The Sizzlin’ Summer Concert series begins with the Rhythm Section Jazz Band. June 14. Free. Lowell: 616-897-8545.
Michigan Theater Grammy Award-winners Chick Corea and Bela Fleck present their unique duet of piano and banjo. June 12. $21-$36. Ann Arbor: 734-763-TKTS.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Experience the extraordinary singing and songwriting talent of the folk/roots trio, the Wailin’ Jennys. June 16. $30. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300.
Wharton Center The Verdehr Trio returns to Cobb Great Hall for its 25th Annual Summer Chamber Music Series. June 13. $8. East Lansing: 517-432-2000.


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.
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.
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films ($8.50). Military veterans will be admitted free through the four-day Memorial Day Weekend. Ann Arbor: 734-668-TIME.
The Mitten Movie Project A filmmaking collective that exhibits the work of filmmakers in Michigan on the first Tuesday of every month. June 5: The documentary “In a Single Bound.” Main Art Theatre. $10. Royal Oak: 248-346-8449.
Planet Ant Film & Video Festival The 2007 festival features an excellent selection of films and videos from around the world. June 13-16. Hamtramck: 313-365-4948.
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.
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 .


PicNap 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.
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.


DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – the DSO’s biggest fundraiser of the year, “Broadway Lights, Woodward Nights,” will be held June 16 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center and Orchestra Hall, call 313-576-5100 for tickets and details

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