A Field Trip to the Library with Channel 6's Spencer Hall and Holly Anderson

The Channel 6 news team—Spencer Hall and Holly Anderson—visit the Downtown Library for the second time in their professional careers to talk college football and world history, and to thank 2024 Charity Bowl donors from the University of Michigan fan base for raising close to $300,000 in aid of refugee resettlement. 

Japan Week | Kusama Infinity: The Life and Art of Yayoi Kusama

The top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. People are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms, as she continues to create new work every day. This 76-minute documentary is unrated.

This event is part of Japan Week in partnership with the University of Michigan's Center for Japanese Studies.

 

trace/play: interactive

Drop by the Downtown Lobby for an interactive art experience. Create generative abstract art in various styles through dance and movement and see the data your motion creates from AI body tracking on the lobby's big screen! Afterwards, you can find your art online to download and share.

Come back for trace/play: plays with change for a live performance using the same technology on June 28th.

Japan Week | Japan Block Print Demonstration with Artist Nobuko Yamasaki

Join us for a demonstration and talk by artist Nobuko Yamasaki. Nobuko learned woodblock printing as a student at Seika University in Kyoto, Japan. After graduation, she studied with Richard Steiner, a noted woodblock print artist and teacher, in his Kyoto studio. Mokuhanga is a traditional Japanese technique for woodblock printing. It is best known for the ukiyo-e style prints popular in Japan during the Edo period (1603–1868).

Japan Week | Sakura Instrumental Group

Join us for a Japanese Festival with SAKURA Japanese Instrumental Group. The performing artists, hailing from hometowns in both Japan and the Midwest USA, come together to share the soundscapes of traditional music as expressed through the compositions of their mutual mentor Yamada Mizue from Kanazawa, Japan, some pieces from the Kodo One World collection as well as traditional folk music pieces.

Japan Week | Wagashi Confectionery Making Demonstration with Toshiko Sugii Steffes

Join us for a demonstration on making and decorating nerikiri representing the four seasons by Toshiko Sugii Steffes. Wagashi are traditional Japanese confections originally made to be served at tea ceremonies. They are considered a visual and culinary art form and are often enjoyed during special occasions or seasonal transitions. Nerikiri is a type of Wagashi that is created using white butter beans, sugar, mochi, and food coloring. 

This demonstration will happen twice, first at 2:00pm then again at 6:00pm.

Japan Week | Wagashi Confectionery Making Demonstration with Toshiko Sugii Steffes

Join us for a demonstration on making and decorating nerikiri representing the four seasons by Toshiko Sugii Steffes. Wagashi are traditional Japanese confections originally made to be served at tea ceremonies. They are considered a visual and culinary art form and are often enjoyed during special occasions or seasonal transitions. Nerikiri is a type of Wagashi that is created using white butter beans, sugar, mochi, and food coloring.  

This demonstration will happen twice, first at 2:00pm then again at 6:00pm.

Japan Week | Kimono Demonstration & Viewing with Japanese Society of Detroit

Kimono is the national dress of Japan and can be traced back in their history for 1000s of years to the Heian period. Kimono have a distinct style, fabrics and construction and are worn in a very particular way. Representatives from the Japanese Society of Detroit's Women's Club will demonstrate how to wear a Kimono and you will get a chance to see some beautiful examples up close!