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UMMA's ‘Nights At The Museum’ Attracts 2,000 Visitors

Artwork, performances, and a family-friendly movie night – UMMA’s Nights At The Museum had it all over seven evenings in early September.

Photo by Jakob SkogheimUMMA’s first-ever exterior media art initiative, Nights At The Museum attracted almost 2,000 visitors to the Museum during the first week of class at the University. Each night from dusk to dawn, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing façade was illuminated with arts and culture – part of UMMA’s strategic plan to reach new audiences using new media and emerging technologies.

UMMA teamed up with the University Musical Society (UMS), the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance to stream archival video performances or art installations during the week. Nights At The Museum also featured a digital art installation by Quayola called “Pleasant Places,” a series of digital paintings exploring the boundary between representation and abstraction.

Nights At The Museum kicked off during Artscapade!, a Welcome Week event for new U-M students during move-in weekend, and concluded at UMMA’s twice-annual After Hours community celebration on September 9.

View photos from two of the evenings in our Flickr album from September 6 and September 8.

The week’s worth of art and performances helps UMMA achieve our goal of extending arts experiences beyond the galleries of the Museum. We hope to repeat Nights At the Museum next year.

Look for updates later this summer.