The University of Michigan Museum of Art is opening its New Media Gallery with an exciting exhibition by U of M alum, Mike Kelley. The acclaimed artist, now out of LA, is bringing his much hyped Day is Done exhibition to A2. Day is Done is apart of a larger body of work-in-progress called Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstructions. Kelley uses a series of found photographs from high school yearbooks to small town newspapers depicting modern American rituals such as Halloween, dress-up days at work or school and other displays of pageantry or “performance” like school commencements. Kelley then de-contextualizes the photos with films and music to create a sort of avant-garde anthropological exploration of popular culture. For a closer look behind the artist and the Day is Done exhibit check out the fascinating interview with Mike Kelley for PBS’s Art21 series online at www.pbs.org/art21/artists/kelley. The exhibit runs from Saturday, August 27 through December 31. The University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State St., Ann Arbor. 734-764-0395. www.umma.umich.edu
DIYpsi Aug 18 & Aug 19 at ABC Microbrewery I’ve detected an increasing amount of positive energy generating from the independent arts community of Ypsilanti over the last several years, grassroots efforts that stoke a sense of pride and celebration of the local culture scene, from First Fridays and Bona Sera, to the Threads All
If you missed Eighth Grade at Cinetopia, it’s finally officially playing this week at The State! Eighth Grade is this generation’s Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Welcome To The Dollhouse. If you’ve wondered what adolescence in the digital age is like, this movie’s strength is capturing Generation Z middle school life—while remaining universal.
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When performing plays, actors use props, costumes and set pieces to immerse themselves in the story. Spinning Dot Theatre repertory company members Aya Aziz and Forrest Hejkal, who star in the North American premiere of Chelsea Woolley’s two-hander, The Mountain, had extra help preparing to portray children on a playground; they did some of their