Arts & Culture

  1. Life in plastic, not so fantastic

    Visitors to this interactive Ann Arbor exhibit by Brooklyn-based artist and environmental activist Robin Frohardt will immerse in a 6,000-square-foot supermarket in which every banana, every frozen pizza, every sushi roll, and every box of cereal is made of single-use plastic. (Gets a person thinking.) Show runs through Feb. 5.

  2. Oh yes, he’s a great pretender

    Don’t call him a ghostwriter. Shape-shifting biographer James Dale, BA ’70, prefers ‘co-author,’ as he pens the life stories of athlete Cal Ripken Jr., sports agent Ron Shapiro, and political activist Elijah Cummings, to name just a few.

  3. It was a wonderful life

    After a dazzling turn with Jimmy Stewart in what would become an iconic holiday classic, Virginia Patton stepped out of the Hollywood spotlight. She traded the film industry for an illustrious life in Ann Arbor.

  4. Librarian combines loves of comics, games

    David Carter is one of the lucky ones: As U-M’s video game archivist for the Computer and Video Game Archive and comics librarian, he has combined his two childhood loves into a fulfilling career.

  5. Remembering Janice Bluestein Longone

    Culinary historian and adjunct curator Janice Bluestein Longone passed away in August 2022 at the age of 89. She was the principal donor and driving force behind the formation of the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive, which supports numerous courses at U-M.

  6. Composing the nation’s future

    ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is not an antique fixed in time, but a living allegory that inspires us to realize democracy’s potential, says historian/musicologist Mark Clague. The song’s enduring resilience mirrors the nation’s experience, he says.

  7. Mr. Smith’s baseball adventure

    Shirley Wheeler Smith was Michigan’s classic behind-the-scenes man in 1949 — chief financial officer, liaison to the Regents, and all-around troubleshooter — until he wrote an ‘America’s-Pastime’ story that took him to Hollywood.

  8. David Turnley documents Ukrainians’ plight

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, alumnus, and retired Stamps professor has been traveling in Ukraine and Poland, capturing the story of Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn country.

  9. Orchestrating an equitable score

    From Spielberg projects to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, composer/DEI advocate Laura Karpman, BMus, ’80, has long navigated the male-dominated industry of music scoring. Now she’s working to enhance the picture.