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Open the Vaults: Tania El Khoury's multimedia installation “Cultural Exchange Rate” immerses you in the artist's family history

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 9:30am by christopherporter

Tania El Khoury's art installation "Cultural Exchange Rate," which is an L-shaped wall of vault boxes; a long desk is in front of the wall.

Tania El Khoury's Cultural Exchange Rate as shown in its October 2019 debut at SPIELART Das Theaterfestival in München. Photo by Judith Buss.

If you could unearth all the secrets of your family’s past, would you?

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New AADL Video Showcases Photographer Josh Lipnik’s “Up North: An Architecture Road Trip” Presentation

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 11:00am by strattonl

Photographer Josh Lipnik features images of Northern Michigan architecture.

Photographer Josh Lipnik captures Fishtown, a historic fishing village in Leland, Michigan. Photo by Josh Lipnik.

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“The Plastic Bag Store” Uses Art to Raise Awareness About The Pervasive Problem of Plastic Packaging

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 2:00pm by strattonl

Brooklyn, New York artist Robin Frohardt at The Plastic Bag Store exhibit in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Brooklyn, New York artist Robin Frohardt employs humor, craft, and a critical lens to question our continual use of plastic packaging. Photo courtesy of UMS.

It’s an unnervingly perfect coincidence that when you emerge from the installation/play The Plastic Bag Store (TPBS) presented by University Musical Society (as part of its No Safety Net series), you see a cafeteria space with boxes of individually packaged snacks for sale on a rack.

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AADL 2022 Staff Picks: Homepage

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 8:05am by christopherporter

AADL's 2022 staff picks

Don't ever write a year-in-review intro before you've had lunch. See below for reasons:

2022 is Pulp’s sixth year of compiling a delectable list of Ann Arbor District Library staff picks, featuring a smorgasbord of media to review and devour. With an insatiable hunger for books, films, TV shows, podcasts, music, and more, our AADL staffer suggestions will whet your appetite for anything you may have missed in 2022—or from previous years.

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Andrea Carlson's "Future Cache" exhibit at UMMA imagines decolonized landscapes for the native peoples violently removed from their land

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 3:30pm by christopherporter

Andrea Carlson, Sky in the Morning Hours of "Binaakwiiwi-giizis 15, 1900", 2022, gouache on paper. Courtesy of the artist © Andrea Carlson.

Andrea Carlson, Sky in the Morning Hours of "Binaakwiiwi-giizis 15, 1900", 2022, gouache on paper. Courtesy of the artist © Andrea Carlson.

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​​"Conversations on Mortality" at 22 North looks to transcend the silence about the dying side of living

Mon, 11/21/2022 - 1:30pm by christopherporter

Marta Carvajal, Blending With Nature, multimedia

Marta Carvajal, Blending With Nature, multimedia

Conversations on mortality are difficult, often avoided, and in America, they are traditionally taboo. The 22 North gallery in Ypsilanti welcomes the thought-provoking exhibit ​​Conversations on Mortality, which confronts our impermanence, the inevitability of death.

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Things to Do: Pulp Event Roundup for November

Thu, 11/10/2022 - 9:30am by strattonl

Kate Peterson and Sarah Cleaver reunite for a Nervous But Excited show at The Ark.

Kate Peterson and Sarah Cleaver reunite for a Nervous But Excited show at The Ark. Photo via The Ark's Facebook event.

To fill up your November calendar, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of arts-related events, exhibits, and more throughout Washtenaw County. Check out some local cool happenings in music, visual art, theater and dance, and written word and film.

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John Gutoskey’s vibrant “Cake & Flowers for My People” exhibit preserves ephemeral arrangements denied to LGBTQ+ marriages and events

Wed, 10/19/2022 - 4:00pm by strattonl

John Gutoskey stands near his floral bouquet monoprints at 22 North.

John Gutoskey features colorful floral bouquet monoprints in his Cake & Flowers for My People exhibit at 22 North. Photo by Lori Stratton.

John Gutoskey’s vibrant, kaleidoscopic Cake & Flowers for My People exhibit honors LGBTQ+ community members who have been denied these celebratory arrangements due to bakers and florists citing religious objections to same-sex marriages and queer events.

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Myths and Legends: Guild Showcases Local Artists Through Folklore Exhibit at Ann Arbor’s Gutman Gallery

Tue, 10/11/2022 - 4:00pm by strattonl

Marilynn Thomas shows her artwork during a Folklore exhibit pop-up session at Gutman Gallery.

Marilynn Thomas shows her artwork during a Folklore exhibit pop-up session at Gutman Gallery. Photo courtesy of Gutman Gallery.

Ann Arbor artist-photographer Marilynn Thomas interprets a migratory Baltimore oriole's transitory world in her layered watercolor painting called Oriole Unraveling the Universe.

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​​University of Michigan Museum of Art’s expansive "Watershed" exhibit flows through the political and social history of the Great Lakes region

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 8:30am by christopherporter

UMMA's Watershed exhibit

Inside the gallery at ​​the University of Michigan Museum of Art's Watershed exhibit. Photo courtesy of UMMA.

​​University of Michigan Museum of Art’s (UMMA) Watershed exhibition comments on the complicated relationship the Great Lakes region has with water. Despite the area's broad access to fresh water, cities like Flint have endured ongoing water crises, rivers like the Huron are impacted by contaminating spills, and the Great Lakes watersheds continue to degrade.