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Student Performances Featured at UMMA's "Nights at the Museum"


The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) will illuminate its facade with artwork, performance videos, and a family-friendly movie night over a week in early September, with one night (Sept. 6) devoted to prjecting videos of School of Music, Theatre & Dance student performances.

"Nights At the Museum," UMMA's first-ever exterior media art initiative, is free and open to the public. It will run from September 2-9, with projections along the UMMA building's State Street-side facade, on the west side of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing.

The week-long event begins on Friday, Sept. 2, during Artscapade!, a Welcome Week event for new U-M students, and concludes on Friday, Sept. 9 at UMMA's twice-annual After Hours community celebration.

The SMTD night, on Tuesday, September 6, will begin at 8:30 p.m. with a screening of the short film Love, Life & Loss, by Michigan Media, featuring the Michigan Men's Glee Club performing "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" by Joel Thompson. The film will be followed by videos of concert performances, filmed in Hill Auditorium, by the University Symphony Orchestra, the University Chamber Choir, and the University Symphony Band.

Throughout the Artscapade! week of projections, a digital art installation by the artist Quayola, titled "Pleasant Places," will be displayed on the UMMA wall during evening hours when films are not being projected. Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh and his work in Provence, Quayola returned to the same countryside that Van Gogh painted, 125 years later, to create of a series of digital paintings exploring the boundary between representation and abstraction. "Pleasant Places" will also be projected overnight throughout the remainder of the week.

Other film events to be featured during the week include a screening of Pixar Animation Studios' Toy Story on Monday, September 5; short art films created by faculty and students from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design on Wednesday, September 6; and a screening of Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner - Volume Two, in collaboration with University Musical Society on Thursday, September 7. All screenings begin at 8:30 p.m. 

"This week-long event fulfills our goal of extending arts experiences beyond the galleries of the Museum," said Joseph Rosa, UMMA's Director. "'Nights At the Museum' has something for everyone to enjoy."

"UMMA hopes to expand the availability of arts and culture beyond our walls," says Carrie Throm, UMMA Deputy Director of Development and External Relations. "We invite the community to join us for this week of experimentation, collaboration, and fun."


Friday, Sept. 2: 7-10 p.m., Artscapade!; 10 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places" by the artist Quayola.

Saturday, Sept. 3, 8:30 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places."

Sunday, Sept. 4, 8:30 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places."

Monday, Sept. 5: 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Family-friendly movie night with a screening of Toy Story; 10:15 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places."

Tuesday, Sept. 6: 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.: A selection of performances by U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance students:

Love, Life & Lost, a film featuring the Michigan Men's Glee Club singing "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" by Joel Thompson and "Glory" by Common, conducted by Professor Eugene Rogers.

University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Professor Kenneth Kiesler, performing Resphigi's The Pines of Rome

The University Chamber Choir, led by Professor Jerry Blackstone, performing "Heavenly Home: Three American Songs" by Shawn Kirchner

The University Symphony Band, led by Professor Michael Haithcock, performing Labyrinth of Love by Professor Michael Daugherty, featuring internationally renowned soprano Hila Plitmann

10:15 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places."

Wednesday, Sept. 7: 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Short art films created by U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design faculty and students; 10:15 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places."

Thursday, Sept. 8: Screening of Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner - Volume Two in collaboration with UMS; 10:15 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places."

Friday, Sept. 9: UMMA After Hours from 7-10 p.m.; 8:30 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places." 


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