August 29th, 2014

UMMA Dialogue: Speaking of Past & Present

Join exhibition curator Ellen Taubman, U-M Professor and Native American scholar Philip J. Deloria, and a panel of artists including mother-daughter pair of award-winning contemporary black ash basket weavers Kelly Church (U-M class of 1998) and Cherish Parrish (current U-M LSA student), Canadian-based new media artist Skawennati, and Michigan ceramics and mixed media artist Jason Wesaw. Changing Hands presents work by Native artists from North America in a wide range of media, exploring the diverse ways these works celebrate cultural heritage and confront issues at the forefront of indigenous art and politics today. This dynamic gathering will explore these themes, in particular the ways in which contemporary Native art engages or challenges today’s global art world. Admission is free. Refreshments and late gallery hours to follow. See you there? 

August 28th, 2014

UPCOMING EVENT: ‘Changing Hands’ Curator & Artist Talk

Join exhibition curator Ellen Taubman, U-M Professor and Native American scholar Philip J. Deloria, and a panel of artists including mother-daughter pair of award-winning contemporary black ash basket weavers Kelly Church (U-M class of 1998) and Cherish Parrish (current U-M LSA student), Canadian-based new media artist Skawennati, and Michigan ceramics and mixed media artist Jason Wesaw. Changing Hands presents work by Native artists from North America in a wide range of media, exploring the diverse ways these works celebrate cultural heritage and confront issues at the forefront of indigenous art and politics today. This dynamic gathering will explore these themes, in particular the ways in which contemporary Native art engages or challenges today’s global art world. Admission is free. Refreshments and late gallery hours to follow. See you there? 

August 27th, 2014

UMMA Magazine – Fall 2014 is Out!

Read the full version online HERE and let us know what you think! Don’t forget that if you become an UMMA member, you’ll receive a hard copy of our magazine three times a year (among other awesome benefits!). Read more on becoming a member HERE.

August 27th, 2014

Ice Cream Social Tomorrow at The President’s House

U-M Students and Parents, take a break from move-in and join our neighbor President Mark Schlissel for ice cream tomorrow from 3:30–5pm at the President’s House! 

While you’re out, be sure to head next door to UMMA, a world-class art museum right on campus, and admission is free! 

August 26th, 2014

'James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty' to Air September 12!

If you’re a James McNeill Whistler fan, this is a night you won’t want to miss! A new documentary will follow the life and career of the pioneering genius and his struggle to find his own voice. Learn about his breakaway style that moved painting towards abstraction and revolutionized the art world in Whistler’s time—paving the way for what became known as modern art decades later in the 20th Century. Read more here.

August 26th, 2014

In the News: “Two great reasons to duck into UMMA on a hot summer’s day”

In a recent article in the Detroit News, journalist Michael Hodges offers insight into two current UMMA exhibitions: Artistic Impositions in the Photographic Portrait and Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham. Click here to read the full review. 

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Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona, from the “Museum Set Edition,” 1937, Gelatin silver print, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Harry H. Lunn, Jr., 1985/1.91

George B. Brigham, Architect, Hazen Residence exterior, Ann Arbor, MI, 1949, Courtesy of the U-M Bentley Historical Library

August 26th, 2014

Happy Birthday on this day to the late Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector and patron of the arts.  Peggy’s collection contributed to the creation of two wonderful and world-renowned museums, the Solomon H. Guggenheim museum in New York, New York (pictured below), and the Peggy Guggenheim museum in Venice, Italy (pictured middle).  

August 23rd, 2014

One of UMMA’s ‘Many Voices’ Videos Wins Big!

A big congratulations to Jim Leija for being a grand prize winner in the 2014 Alumni Exhibition: Unintended Consequences! Leija’s video focuses on ‘Untitled (March 5th) #2’ by Felix Gonzales-Torres and dives deeper into what the work means to him. Watch the whole video here.

August 21st, 2014

Annual UMHS Employee Art Exhibition

Each year Gifts of Art presents an exhibition of artwork by U-M Health System faculty, staff, students, volunteers and family members. It showcases the exceptional talent, creativity and accomplishments of artists in the extensive (~26,000) UMHS community. The Artist Reception and Award Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the exhibit gallery. More info

August 21st, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY

THROWBACK THURSDAY: It’s 1977 and Charles Ginnever’s ‘Daedalus’ is just being installed! Originally, the sculpture stood on UMMA’s front lawn facing the Michigan Union. Today, it stands on the south lawn.

Image courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library

August 20th, 2014

Re-Imaging Gender: Graduate Student Art Competition

                        

U of M Institute for Research on Women and Gender to Award $1000 Top Prize, Plus $300 to Honorable Mentions

The University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender celebrates its 20th anniversary with a juried art competition that challenges artists to “re-image gender.”

The winning artist will receive $1000, with the work finding a permanent home at the Lane Hall Gallery on the U-M campus. Three honorable mentions will each be awarded $300.

The competition is open to all graduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in the State of Michigan, as well as graduate students at CIC colleges and universities (Big 10, plus the University of Chicago). 

We seek works on paper and other flat canvases that develop the following theme: Our understandings of gender have shifted dramatically in recent decades. No longer is gender a matter of an immutable binary, or a set of predetermined preferences and predilections. “Re-imaging Gender” - the first exhibition of its kind - both celebrates and interrogates the visual aspects of re-imaging gender.

The distinguished jury includes: Prof. Matthew Biro, chair, U-M History of Art Department; John Gutoskey, artist, designer, and recent U-M MFA; Amanda Krugliak, artist and curator, U-M Institute for the Humanities Gallery; Mark Nielsen (jury chair), director of exhibitions, UM Stamps School of Art & Design Slusser and Work galleries; and Greg Tom, gallery programs director, Art Department, Eastern Michigan University. 

Selected works will be displayed at the Lane Hall Gallery, a space shared by IRWG and the U-M Department of Women’s Studies, for a six month period, beginning Thursday, January 15, 2015, ending Friday, June 26, 2015. Submission deadline: October 1, 2014.

For more information on Re-imaging Gender: irwg.research.umich.edu/events/re-imaginggender.html

To enter the Re-imaging Gender competition: callforentry.org/

August 14th, 2014

Architects Imagine the Future, and It’s Pretty Great

"Commissions for Utopia" was created by Nick Bonner and, with the help of a North Korean architect, he imagines the future of cities like Pyongyang. The designs are surprisingly organic and create a city that aims to be the ultimate tourist destination. Read more here.

August 14th, 2014

Create Your Own Paramodel-Inspired Work at Artscapade!

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If you’re loving the blue tracks that are filling the ‘Paramodel’ exhibit space and want to create your own, UMMA has you covered! And hurry, space is limited!

Paramodel is an art collaborative that creates immersive environments out of mass-produced toys and brilliant blue plastic train tracks with their meticulous design skills. For UMMA’s upcoming exhibition, Paramodel will create an installation derived from their most famous series, paramodelic-graffiti. We invite you to join one of the Paramodel artists Yasuhiko Hayashi to create your own site-specific installation of fantastical design with a team using vibrant blue track during UMMA’s Artscapade! event on Friday, August 29th from 8-11 pm.

The workshop can accommodate up to 25 participants. For more information, and to register for the workshop, send an e-mail to lherbert@umich.edu by Friday, August 22, 2014.

August 13th, 2014

Sandblasting Daedalus with Walnut Shells?

Ben and Corey from Venus Bronze Works are working to clean our beloved Charles Ginnever sculpture (Daedalus), located just outside of UMMA. They are “sandblasting” the sculpture using walnut shells instead of sand because it is less harsh on the surface of the work.

We’re sure the squirrels on campus are going nuts.

August 13th, 2014

SLICE Ann Arbor Interviews UMMA Exhibitions Manager Katie Derosier

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SLICE Ann Arbor is a blog dedicated to providing interviews with people that leave creative marks on the city of Ann Arbor. This week’s interview is with our very own Katie Derosier! Learn about how Katie got her start, her current role at UMMA, and her favorite things in life. Read the full interview here.

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