Michigan’s (Not So) Hidden Treasure

Did you know the University of Michigan had  the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry? In all likelihood, NO

These coloful X-ray generators look like cranes (the bird or the machine)

Credit: Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, School  of Dentistry, University of Michigan 

I urge to visit this museum, along with the multitudes of other museums or collections in Ann Arbor. Yes, Michigan has the Union, the League, the Chem Building, Dennison, CC Little, the MLB, East Hall, Fishbowl, UGLi, the Rec Room, the residential halls, the Big House, and more. But what about those other other buildings that line N. University Avenue (Dental Museum and the Natural History Museum) and State Street (UMMA) ?

More to come this weekend…


“Half-Light” and tomorrow’s UMMA visit

I enjoyed watching the  “Half-Light” vabout Michael Kenna’s work. His passion for photography is inspirational, and it shows in this video. The background music is definitely fitting when there is a montage of Kenna’s photos. Analogous to the guitar playing in background with only isngle chords,the photos are simple, yet they convey a dreamy emotion to the viewer. I totally agree with Anne Tucker when she analyzes that Kenna’s work makes the viewer imagine that she or he was experiencing that moment  when the photo is taken. When I first sawThe Rouge, I felt as if I was alone in the setting, dwarfed by the gargantuan smokestacks. It is very interesting how the photography of Kenna’s reflects his personality. As a solitary person, his photos never contain any humans. In addition, his relationship with nature is zen-like. In his work, nature, whether trees or rocks, are usually in the foreground, emphasizing the strength and permanence of nature. His “symbiotic relation” with nature is interesting. Nature opens up to him while he is taking photos of them.

 After having a preview of Kenna’s photoigraphy, I am looking forward to visit UMMA tomorrow. It is unfortuante that many students here don’t take advantage of the wonderful museums that surround them. I recently went to the Natural History Museum, and I had a fantastic time. Art museums, according to me, are best types. There is a reason why the clich “A picture is worth a thousand words” exists. Behind each image, painting, or sculpture, there is powerful message that the artist is trying to convey. Onesimply cannot take a cursory look at a peice, and find its meaning right away. Tomorrow, I look forward to be a sleuth, one that tries to find reasonable interpretations of the chef d’oeuvres surrounding me.