Art News

Letts’ “The Strangeness of Everyday” Costume Designer-Turned Painter Creates a World of Wild Style

K. A. Letts’s exhibition, “The Strangeness of Everyday,” opened at the Connections Gallery at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex on September 20th and runs through December 21. Letts says of her art: “My work looks both forward and back in time. I employ techniques and strategies from painting’s history to describe the present Anthropocene age where all of nature is touched by humans and all humans are touched by technology.”

Have We Met?—The Dialogue Between Past and Present

It is heartrending to see that message, reverberated through the past and into the present. Cynics may be tempted to ask, “Have we really made any progress?”. Yet, above the calls of protest and activism, the gallery is also filled with silence, waiting for the viewer’s response to the question, “Will you change it?”

“Unapologetic Dinnerware: A Brief History Of Disposable Dinnerware”

“Unapologetic Dinnerware: a brief history of disposable dinnerware” opened on August 28 at the Kreft Gallery at Concordia University.

“See Through” Reflective And Transparent Surfaces

See Through: Mirrors and Windows in Twentieth Century Photography, open to the public at the University of Michigan Museum Of Art, makes use of reflective and transparent surfaces to create perspectives and to expand the range of the photos’ possible meanings.

Reimagining Artists’ Identities in Africa

In a self-reflective move, on May 12 the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art opened the exhibition Unrecorded: Reimagining Artist Identities in Africa.

University of Michigan Museum of Art Gains Spectacular Inuit Art Collection

Ann Arbor civic leaders Philip and Kathy Power have created the Power Family Program for Inuit Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Building on the Power family’s legacy of advancing awareness and appreciation of art created by the Inuit – indigenous people living in the Arctic – the generous gift is the largest to UMMA during the Victors for Michigan campaign and includes the family’s collection of more than 200 stone sculptures and prints.

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Letts’ “The Strangeness of Everyday” Costume Designer-Turned Painter Creates a World of Wild Style

K. A. Letts’s exhibition, “The Strangeness of Everyday,” opened at the Connections Gallery at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex on September 20th and runs through December 21. Letts says of her art: “My work looks both forward and back in time. I employ techniques and strategies from painting’s history to describe the present Anthropocene age where all of nature is touched by humans and all humans are touched by technology.”

New Mural By Teenaged Artist Celebrates Ann Arbor

A mural featuring 25 Ann Arbor-themed references has been installed on the back of the Ann Arbor Art Center (facing the Republic Parking lot). Seventeen year old artist and Art Center intern Olivia Maldonado designed and painted the vibrant mural. The theme of the mural is “people in transit,” and includes local celebrities like Wallace

Heathers: The Musical—Mean Girls Get Their Groove On

“Heathers”, the 2014 musical based on the 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder, will be presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre from June 7th-10th at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

Cross the Border for Taste of Tecumseh 2018

For a slice of Canadiana, check out the Fourth Annual Taste of Tecumseh Festival at Lakewood Park on the shores of Lake St. Clair in Tecumseh, Ontario.

Mitten Punk Rock Flea Market Turns Two

Refreshments, raffles and door prizes all will be in full effect with proceeds designated to develop a youth-focused community center in Inkster, called the High Five Hideout.

Ladies and Gentleman, Step Right Up for the Slambovian Circus of Dreams

A musical incarnation of what’s been called “hillbilly Pink Floyd” and “surreal Americana” all over the festival circuit through US, the UK and Canada.