The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is back, with Mainstage shows at the Power Center for the Performing Arts and Hill Auditorium, and free live music and films through the Top of the Park (TOP) series on Ingalls Mall, Central Campus, through July 8.
Mainstage highlights include soul singer Al Green June 16 and jazz performer Esperanza Spaulding June 21. TOP highlights include The Ragbirds June 21 and George Bedard and the Kingpins July 8. TOP also presents activities ranging from face painting and crafts for kids to free pilates and dance classes.
U-M is a founding partner of the festival, and Michigan Radio is among media partners. For event times and more information, go to www.annarborsummerfestival.org.
Two U-M Museum of Art exhibits, “Judith Turner: The Flatness of Ambiguity,” and “Flip Your Field: Abstract Prints from the Collection,” are the focus of the Doris Sloan Memorial Lecture, presented in a gallery talk at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the museum.
The talk features artist Turner and Flip Your Field curator Celeste Brusati, joined by UMMA Curator Joe Rosa. Brusati and Turner will offer remarks in the galleries and Rosa will ask questions. There will be time for audience Q-and-A. The program will be followed by a public reception from 7-8 p.m. in the Vertical Gallery and a jazz concert at 8 p.m. in the Apse.
Turner is an American photographer focused on architecture. Her compositions involve abstract black-and-white compositions that explore the ambiguity of light, shadow and tonality. Flip Your Field recruits scholars to curate a show outside their area of expertise, to encourage a fresh look at UMMA’s collection. Brusati, professor of history of art and women’s studies, LSA, and art and design, School of Art & Design, is an expert in the visual art and culture of the Netherlands from the 15th-17th centuries. She curates this exhibit of 20th-century color abstract prints that complement and contrast the Turner photographs in the same space.
The program honors Doris Sloan, a longtime museum docent and ardent supporter. Established by Dr. Herbert Sloan, the annual lecture is a tribute to the couple’s shared passion for collecting art and fostering its appreciation.
The exhibits are made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Office of the Provost.
Mark Haviland, program manager, Center for Campus Involvement, on working with students to produce a show: “I have a real ‘show-must-go-on’ mentality. It will happen … I’m a cheerleader.”
Orson Welles New Acquisitions exhibit, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Special Collections Library, through June.