Open for public viewing from 8 to 10 p.m. Dec. 9 will be the new Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University. The 92,000-square-foot facility, estimated to cost less than its $41 million budget, has a 75-foot-high fly tower sheathed in glass above its 400-seat theater. It also has a 200-seat theater.
Designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta, the light-filled structure will house theater, dance, music, film, and digital arts. A special brochure will inform people taking self-guided tours. The Wolfe Center was constructed over two years on the site of the former Saddlemire Student Services Building. For a feature story and photos see Sunday's Arts section.
The same night, ArtsXtravanganza will be 6 to 10 p.m. in the nearby Fine Arts Center. Student-made art will be sold and there will be performances, film, exhibits, and demonstrations.
Also in the Fine Arts Center from 7 to 10 p.m., an opening reception for the 61st faculty-staff art show will be in the Bryan and Wankleman galleries.
Parking information is available at BGSU's Visitors Information Center off Wooster Street on Campbell Hill Road.
Shops, cafes, and dozens of artisans will fill two blocks of St. Clair Street for the third annual St. Clair Village Holiday Bazaar from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 2 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3. Participating will be Sur St. Clair Gallery, the Art Supply Depo, Downtown Latte, Fine Things Bistro, Swank Gifts, Shared Lives Studio, and Ahava Spa & Wellness Center. Information: 419-720-6462.
The Mystery of Picasso, a 75-minute French documentary film made in 1956, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Little Theater at the Toledo Museum of Art. It explains how the artist, who died in 1973 at the age of 91, produced 20 of his pieces.
OROBS LLC at the Truth Gallery continues its holiday sale of African art through Dec. 29. Discounted are masks, statues, wall profiles, and other pieces made of African woods. The gallery is at 1811 Adams St. Information: 419-242-7650 and orobs.biz.
Dozens of students enrolled in art classes at the Findlay campus of Owens Community College are exhibiting their work through Dec. 9 in the Library Gallery on Bright Road. Information: 567-429-3088.
A show of 100-plus documentary-style works by five photographers continues through Feb. 5 in the University of Michigan Museum of Art. In Face of Our Time, Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, Richard Misrach make pictures that reflect on contemporary culture as it unfolds. It was organized by Sandra Phillips of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and she will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday about photography past, present, and future. She'll be joined by Joseph Rosa, UMMA director.
Aue Sobol's gently sculptural images reveal the hardships of life in the Arctic; Goldberg's series includes fragmented narratives from the Africa-to-Europe migration of illegal immigrants. Muholi chronicles the challenges black lesbians face in her native South Africa; Schwartz reveals the overlapping tales between the Silk Route's ancient history and today's military and economic power struggles. Misrach's post-Hurricane Katrina images of New Orleans are from his new book, Destroy This Memory.
The museum is at 525 S. State St. in Ann Arbor. Information: 734-764-0395 and umma.umich.edu.
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