U-M Arts and culture: Dancing and science, Robert Altman, ‘The Voice’

May 31, 2013


ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan website “Montage” highlights the latest news and features about the arts, culture, creative endeavors, collaborative projects and upcoming events. This week’s top arts-and-culture features include:

Dancin’ to science: Ann Arbor Dance Works, in collaboration with the U-M Museum of Natural History, presents “WITHIN/BEYOND,” an evening of dances inspired by frontiers in scientific research. Performances will be 8 p.m. June 8-9 at the Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor. Featured in the performance will be premieres by New York City choreographer Edisa Weeks and resident choreographers Jessica Fogel, Peter Sparling and Robin Wilson.

In memory: The U-M community mourns the passing of Bryan Rogers, former dean of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design. Rogers’ vision shaped the direction of the school and focused on the development of the learning experience whereby students are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary collaborations and projects with communities locally and around the world.

Candid look at a film legend: The expansive exhibit, “The Many Hats of Robert Altman: A Life in Cinema,” is on display at U-M’s Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery through June 30. A symposium will be held at the library June 7-9.

Altman, who died in 2006, is considered among the most influential American directors. His work reflects a naturalistic and stylized sensibility. Honoring the body of his film work, Altman received the Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. His notable films include “MASH,” “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” and “Nashville.”

What a voice: Prevailing over many thousands of contestants and dozens of elimination trials, Michelle Chamuel, an alumna of the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, has made it into the top six on “The Voice,” the popular singing competition show on NBC.

Soleful innovator: Graduating senior Neil Zembo’s collaboration with Cass Community Social Services in Detroit offers an inspiring story about the power of design to transform an idea into a socially responsible project that makes a difference.

The future of art museums: The potential impact might not be so farfetched: In a matter of several years, the Google Art Project could have the type of effect on the international art museum world and cultural literacy comparable to what “googling” has meant for Internet searchers—a greater access to information and broader understanding of the connection among cultures.

The U-M Museum of Art joins a list of many of the most renowned international art museums participating in the Google Art Project, an online virtual journey to a front-row seat to some of the most fascinating artworks in the world. The project, which was launched two years ago, has grown from about a dozen museums to more than 150 museums in 40 countries. More than 40,000 high-resolution objects are available to be viewed.

EDITORS: For information, visit montage.umich.edu.