April 24th, 2014

Only a few more days to experience this cool interactive installation at UMMA!!

This art installation by contemporary Spanish artist, Dora García, allows visitors to actually participate in the artwork! All of the text written, about everything that happens in the gallery at UMMA, will become part of the permanent archive at the San Francisco MoMA. 

Part of the exhibition Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurélien Froment, and Dora García, this installation (along the the rest of the exhibition) closes at 5pm on Sunday (4/27)—Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this work of contemporary art! 

April 24th, 2014

"I don’t paint to live, I live to paint." - Willem de Kooning

A leading figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement, famed artist Willem de Kooning was born on this day in 1904 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Click here to see the three works by de Kooning in UMMA’s permanent collection

Reblogged from artnet
April 23rd, 2014

It’s the perfect time to LOVE ART MORE!!!

Hey UM students!!

Looking for a way to wind-down after finals? Want to have some fun and get those creative juices flowing?

The project presents a series of “prompts” – simple ideas for things to make and do – and everyone is invited to get involved. LOVE ART MORE prompts are all no or low-cost, DIY, and are designed to be fun, inspiring, and easily accessible. Through this project UMMA hopes to inspire students and educate them about the importance of art in our everyday lives.

Visit the website, check out the prompts, choose one or more as your “assignment,” and submit your response in text, photo, video or audio to be included in an ever-expanding online exhibition within UMMA’s website.

April 23rd, 2014

Happy Birthday to Lee Miller

Elizabeth “Lee” Miller (April 23, 1907 – July 21, 1977) was an American photographer. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1907, she was a successful fashion model in New York City in the 1920s before going to Paris, where she became an established fashion and fine art photographer. During the Second World War, she became an acclaimed war correspondent for Vogue, covering events such as the London Blitz, the liberation of Paris, and the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau.

Click here to visit the official Lee Miller archives

April 22nd, 2014
April 22nd, 2014

In honor of Earth Day, check out the newly digitized 1985 Archives of American Art documentary on sculptor David Barr’s “Four Corners Project.” Barr is seen above examining a model for the project, which was to inscribe a tetrahedron inside a sphere (not just any old sphere - in this case, the earth) and burying one of the actual corners at one of the four carefully mapped geographic locations. He traveled to Easter Island, Greenland, South Africa, and New Guinea to complete the project. You can watch the whole video on youtube through the link below. For more, see the smithsonianavarchivists post on this video today.

In celebration: the four corners project, 1985 / David John Barr and Archives of American Art. 16 mm : 1 film reel : sd., col. ; 16 mm. Miscellaneous sound, film, and video recordings collection. Archives of American Art.

April 19th, 2014


SPOTLIGHT: Rappers x Pre-16th Century Art

B4XVI is gathering a collection of comparisons between pre-16th century art and famous rappers.

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Reblogged from WeTheUrban
April 19th, 2014

No, that’s not an Instagram photo. It’s print known as a cyanotype, which involves a specialized chemical process that imparts the slightly surreal, cerulean blue tint. The procedure was first developed in 1842 by English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel.


Though the process was developed by Herschel, he considered it as mainly a means of reproducing notes and diagrams, as in blueprints. It was Anna Atkins who brought this to photography. She created a limited series of cyanotype books that documented ferns and other plant life from her extensive seaweed collection. Atkins placed specimens directly onto coated paper, allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect. By using this photogram process, Anna Atkins is regarded as the first female photographer.

Click here to read more about different photographic processes. 


top: John DugdaleSmile For Your Lover Comes (Stone Ridge, New York, 2000)hand-coated cyanotype, 2000, Museum Purchase made possible by the Harry Denham Trust, 2003/1.379

bottom: Anna AtkinsEquisetum Sylvaticumcyanotype1853, Museum purchase, 1989/1.62

April 18th, 2014


We’re pretty darned excited as we count down the hours until senior thesis shows open. Hope you can join us tonight and this weekend- full schedule here!


1st image: Isabel Cohen’s thesis project, Intertextuality, began when she stumbled upon her mother’s old photographs of clothes she had designed and constructed when she was Isabel’s age.

I responded to those images by weaving, screen printing, dyeing, and sewing textiles that explore the ways my mother has shaped my creative process and sensibilities as an artist. The garments are vehicles that connect the two of us in different times, bringing her pieces back to life through my recreations and unique sensibilities.”

2nd image: Launch poster designed by Stamps senior, Nina Pagalos

3rd image: Interarts student Carisa Beldsoe’s solo performance about “chocolate, bras, and a girl who likes neither,” is on tonight at 6pm and 8pm. (There will be no SWAG, that’s just a sweater she got at Forever21 ;) )


Hooray. Hugs, Yippee.

April 17th, 2014

Matisse at Tate Modern

“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, a prisoner of style, a prisoner of a reputation, a prisoner of success,” wrote Henri Matisse in his book Jazz (1947). It was with this book that the French painter, then already in his seventies, radically challenged his own practice

Reblogged from artnet
April 16th, 2014

These photographs, inspired by 20th century abstract portraits, are the work of 20 year old artist Flóra Borsi, from Budapest, who says about her photos: “The essence of my photos is to visualize the physically impossible in a form of photo manipulation.”

1. “The Corn Poppy”, c.1919, Kees van Dongen;

2. “Woman with Green Hat”, 1939, Pablo Picasso;

3. “Portrait of a Polish Woman”, 1919, Amedeo Modigliani;

4. “Gelber Narrenhut”, 1955, Rudolf Hausner.

5. “Female Torso”, c.1933, Kazimir Malevich.

Click here to see more of Flóra Borsi’s work

INSPIRED? Recreate a self-portrait by a famous artist using yourself as the subject. You could stage a photograph, create a collage, drawing, or painting, or use any other media you like. Submit an image of your artwork to UMMA’s LOVE ART MORE project.

(Source: behance.net)

April 16th, 2014

Student Docents Reflect on Artworks in UMMA’s Collection

Embellished capitals, such as the one pictured, became increasingly commonplace in Western European churches starting in the early Romanesque period (ca. 7th c. CE). Since most architectural projects were under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church, many capitals contained religious themes to promote further devotion and religiosity amongst those worshiping. Some capitals, however, such as the one pictured, were artistic pieces in and of themselves, featuring ornate vines, leaves, and rosettes.

Similar artistry would be found in contemporary illuminated manuscripts, usually featured on the margins and in capital letters as in UMMA’s manuscript page shown here. This kind of ornate stonework would become increasingly complex and decorative as the Romanesque grew into the Gothic starting with Abbot Suger’s innovations at Saint-Denis in the mid-12th c.

By Christopher Hunt


top: Anonymous French Artist, Engaged capital with vine rinceau, palmette leaves, and rosettes, 1100-1125, Sandstone. Languedoc, France. Museum Purchase, 1982/1.273

bottom: Anonymous French (Normandy), Priest Celebrating a Mass (Leaf from the Tarleton Hours), French, ca. 1430, ink, tempera and gold on thin parchment. Museum Purchase, 1968/2.43

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