In  The Bloodstained Shirt  (2018), Chinese artist Wang Qingsong restages in Highland Park, Michigan, an iconic 1959 drawing by Wang Shikuo of peasants rising up against a cruel landlord and triumphantly reclaiming their right to the land. His large-scale photograph, set in an abandoned factory building in Highland Park and featuring more than seventy volunteers, collapses two moments in history to present a vivid reminder of the human consequences of the ruthless pursuit of profit and the power of collective action.

Image: Wang Qingsong,  The Bloodstained Shirt , 2018. Courtesy the artist. © Wang Qingsong
Join Lilly Fink Shapiro, Program Manager of the U-M Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, and Michigan Farmer of the Year, Jerry Ann Hebron of Detroit's Oakland Avenue Farm for a discussion about food waste, farm labor, and the politics of seeds. UMMA Assistant Curator of Photography Jennifer Friess will frame the discussion in the context of works in the exhibition.

Free, but please click here to register.  

Image: Nichole Six & Paul Petritsch,  Spatial Intervention 1 , 2002, color video, running time: 28 minutes. Courtesy of the artists © Bildrecht, Vienna 2019
Gabriel will give a reading on the occasion of UMMA's exhibition  Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s . She will be joined by exhibition curator and UMMA director Christina Olsen for a conversation about abstract art, the time, and the lasting impact of these artists.

In partnership with Literati, the UMMA Book Club: Art, Ideas, & Politics will read  Ninth Street Women  on Thursday, May 9, at 12 p.m., surrounded by the large-scale works in this exhibition. Visit  for more information on this and future
book clubs.

 Tea was valued for its medicinal and stimulating qualities, and was used daily by Buddhist monks to aid in a lifestyle that combined physical activity, intellectual expansion, and contemplation. Join the sensual afternoon of Chanoyu demonstrated by local practitioners of the Urasenke Konnichian, one of the three main tea schools in the lineage of the famous master Sen no Rikyū (1522–1591).

Join Susan Dine, 2017-18 Mellon Curatorial Fellow and curator of the exhibition The Six Senses of Buddhism for a conversation about the complex roles of the senses in the Buddhist journey towards enlightenment through objects on display.

This event is free, but please click here to register for the 4 p.m. event. Unfortunately, the 3 p.m. event is no longer accepting registrations.

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