University Museum of Contemporary Art

University Museum of Contemporary Art University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) is a program of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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The University Museum of Contemporary Art - the teaching museum of the University Massachusetts Amherst – is a multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art from the second half of the 20th century to present. Through exhibitions, a permanent collection, educational programming, and a visiting artists program, the University Museum of Contemporary Art acts as a forum where renowned and emerging artists can test ideas and where diverse audiences can participate in cultural experiences that enhance understanding of the art of our time. In its programming, the UMCA balances a commitment to experimentation with a mandate to serve as a dynamic teaching and learning resource, affirming the University’s dedication to education, research, and community service. We are the only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art between Boston and the Berkshires. All our exhibitions and events are free!

These exhibitions don’t just install themselves! Our amazing staff is hard at work to put up Xylor Jane's Counterclock...
01/14/2019

These exhibitions don’t just install themselves! Our amazing staff is hard at work to put up Xylor Jane's Counterclockwise and Terry Winters' Facts and Fictions, Opening January 31st!

12/26/2018
Price Pony

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Spray painting on the back of an iphone!

12/19/2018
ConcorDance by Amherst Ballet

The Amherst Ballet dancers choreographed some beautiful pieces to perfrom at the UMCA and they put together a video to document their work! Take a look!

12/16/2018

WHAT'S SO FUNNY?
The UMCA’s annual Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition is the culmination of a year-long independent project for course credit, conducted by Art History graduate students in collaboration with the Art History Graduate Program.
Featuring works pulled from the UMCA’s permanent collection, the exhibition demonstrates the strength and diversity of over 3000 works of art on paper held by UMass. Students research objects; write labels, text panels, a press release, an exhibition announcement, and website information; write and submit a grant application; write and design a brochure; help design the exhibition layout and work on the installation; and assist with all other aspects of exhibition development.
The Curatorial Fellowship is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curation in a museum setting. It has provided students with hands on experience and highly valuable skills in the job market.
This year’s Curatorial Fellows are Kayla Peterson and Siyu Shen, both 2020 MA candidates in Art History.

Coming to the UMCA Spring 2019! What’s So Funny? How Humor Makes Us Think 12th Annual Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition...
12/15/2018

Coming to the UMCA Spring 2019!
What’s So Funny? How Humor Makes Us Think
12th Annual Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition
Mar 20 – Apr 28, 2019 / North Gallery
(Image: Jim Haberman, The Feast, 1982. Cibachrome color photograph, 16 in x 20 in)

12/14/2018

SPEAK TO ME OF RIVERS!
Inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem, “A Negro Speaks of Rivers,” the exhibition Speak to Me of Rivers explores visual narratives of African American history and culture through the subjectivity of African-American artists. Curated by Kiara Hill, UMCA Graduate Assistant and PhD student in Afro-American Studies, and in partnership with the UMass Afro-American Studies Department, this interactive exhibition features work from the UMCA permanent collection by artists including LaToya Ruby Frazier, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Lorna Simpson.

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12/13/2018

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Coming to the UMCA this Spring! Speak to Me of Rivers Feb 12 – Mar 3, 2019
12/13/2018

Coming to the UMCA this Spring!
Speak to Me of Rivers
Feb 12 – Mar 3, 2019

Coming to the UMCA Spring 2019!Xylor Jane: CounterclockwiseJan 31 – Apr 28, 2019 Opening Reception January 30, 5 – 7...
12/12/2018

Coming to the UMCA Spring 2019!
Xylor Jane: Counterclockwise
Jan 31 – Apr 28, 2019
Opening Reception January 30, 5 – 7 p.m.

Coming to the UMCA this Spring! Terry Winters: Facts and FictionsJan 31 – Apr 28, 2019 Opening Reception: January 30, ...
12/11/2018

Coming to the UMCA this Spring! Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions
Jan 31 – Apr 28, 2019
Opening Reception: January 30, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

12/10/2018

We are officially closed for Winter Break!
Stay tuned to hear about what will be on display this Spring!

12/09/2018

The UMCA closes for the Winter Break tomorrow!

12/06/2018

We are open late tonight for Amherst Arts Night!

Newton’s Method“I hope that my few words will convince you that Newton’s Method is a concept of great beauty.” -...
12/05/2018

Newton’s Method

“I hope that my few words will convince you that Newton’s Method is a concept of great beauty.” - Stephen Smale

American mathematician from Flint, Michigan, Stephen Smale, researches topology, dynamical systems and mathematical economics. Early in his mathematical career, he was intrigued by the question, “Why does Newton’s method work so fast and so well and what are the limitations?”

Long before Newton, the concept already was used by the Greeks for finding the square root of a positive number.

Since Newton, the iteration has been used more generally to give an approximation to a solution of the equation f (x) = 0.

Fun Fact:
Smale’s initial goal was to make this problem tractable by finding an algorithm that yields an approximation in polynomial time. He failed in this effort and it remains an important open problem today.

Thirteen?? This piece may confuse the eye of the reader and lead to ambiguity upon first glance. The inspiration behind ...
12/05/2018

Thirteen??

This piece may confuse the eye of the reader and lead to ambiguity upon first glance.

The inspiration behind this equation was a startling identity that arose from American mathematician, David Mumford, known for his distinguished work in algebraic geometry.

He was studying moduli space, when he noticed the most peculiar thing, the number 13 always appears.

Mumford observed, “The only numbers bigger than 2 that are likely to appear in a math article are usually page numbers. 13 has also the merit that it has been used by string theorists.”

Fun Facts:
Because of the 13 original colonies, the first US flag had 13 stripes and 13 white stars.
In Italy, 13 is considered a very lucky number. The expression fare tredici (“to do 13”) means hit the jackpot.

12/05/2018

We close for Winter Break on December 10th! Stop in and get a last look at the exhibitions!

P Versus NPBorn in 1935, Richard Manning Karp is an American computer scientist and computational theorist at the Univer...
12/04/2018

P Versus NP

Born in 1935, Richard Manning Karp is an American computer scientist and computational theorist at the University of California, Berkeley.

The P vs NP problem has been debated for decades, as it is a major unsolved problem in computer science!

It begs the question of whether every problem whose solution can be quickly verified can be solved quickly again (in polynomial time). If P = NP, then all of these problems will be proven to have an efficient (polynomial time) solution.

Fun Fact:
The P and NP stand for polynomial time and nondeterministic polynomial time!

12/02/2018

The Concinnitas Portfolio,
Pau Atela’s (Re)Creations and MathStudio,
and Building Bridges
CLOSE IN ONE WEEK (December 9th)!

The Ree Group FormulaBorn in 1940, Enrico Bombieri, an Italian mathematician, is known for his work in analytic number t...
11/29/2018

The Ree Group Formula

Born in 1940, Enrico Bombieri, an Italian mathematician, is known for his work in analytic number theory, algebraic geometry, univalent functions, theory of several complex variables, partial differential equations of minimal surfaces, and the theory of finite groups.

Grouping, although often complicated, is a beautiful foundation for a great portion of mathematics, and for physics as well.

The double arrow pointing to σ2=3, indicates that the equations on the left imply the uniqueness of the twisted Ree groups.

Fun Fact:
Enrico Bombieri, age 78 today, was born in Milan, Italy, the fashion capital of the world!

Concinnitas Portfolio: The Index Theroem “My work has always tried to unite the true with the beautiful and when I had...
11/28/2018

Concinnitas Portfolio: The Index Theroem

“My work has always tried to unite the true with the beautiful and when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful.”

Born in 1929, British mathematician, Michael Atiyah studied in Cambridge where he became a Fellow of Trinity College and later held professorships at Princeton and Oxford. He is best known for his work on the K-theory and the Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem.

Atiyah, age 89 today, has worked on this mathematical proof for over 15 years!
He spent many years perfecting and evolving it into the complex, yet beautiful equation it is today.

It exists to illustrate how the many manifold applications there are of mathematical analysis can make good use of the topological structure that underlies the problem at hand.

Fun fact: Michael Atiyah and UMCA intern, Isabel Tummino share the same birthday! (April 22nd)

11/26/2018
College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst

College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst

Patron of the arts Jordan Schnitzer discusses the importance of the arts in today's society. Last year, Mr. Schnitzer loaned his collection of Kara Walker artworks to the University Museum of Contemporary Art for a one-of-a-kind learning exhibition and interdisciplinary experience.

Here lies a tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedron, rendered in clear acrylic.What do Pau Atela's f...
11/26/2018

Here lies a tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedron, rendered in clear acrylic.

What do Pau Atela's five platonic solids represent, and how do they highlight Pau Atela’s vision of mathematics?

Each shape serves as a fundamental part of mathematics; each are made up of angles, vertices, faces, symmetric lines, and much more. These solids are here to draw out the beauty from mathematics, and emphasize the geometric component of his overall artwork.

Each solid lies on the beige, carpeted floor in the center of the Concinnitas Portfolio Exhibit, and are certainly hard to miss!

Come see this spectacle surrounded by beautiful math artwork before time runs out; it is almost the end of the semester.

11/25/2018

The Concinnitas Portfolio,
Pau Atela’s (Re)Creations and MathStudio,
and Building Bridges
CLOSE IN TWO WEEKS (December 9th)!

Pilgrim Hall Museum
11/22/2018

Pilgrim Hall Museum

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Did you know that Thanksgiving is actually an offshoot of three separate traditions? Learn more about the religious, secular, and harvest festival roots of thanksgiving here: http://pilgrimhall.org/pdf/TG_Evolution_Thanksgiving.pdf

University Museum of Contemporary Art
11/16/2018

University Museum of Contemporary Art

11/14/2018
Design Engagement

Joseph is no stranger to creative community projects. Come hear him talk about his latest project, Building Bridges, on Thursday night!

Joseph Krupczynski is a designer, public artist and educator. He is the principal of "studio projects", an interdisciplinary design studio which links design...

GO OUT AND VOTE!
11/06/2018

GO OUT AND VOTE!

11/05/2018

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE TOMORROW!

11/01/2018

HUGE thank you to Wicked Pitch for coming to see us tonight!!!!!! ❤️

Wicked Pitch
11/01/2018

Wicked Pitch

11/01/2018

Trying to figure out the handcuff puzzle 😂 great bonding exercise

Creating Platonic solids!!!!
11/01/2018

Creating Platonic solids!!!!

So excited for Josh Hornick to arrive and for the games to begin!
11/01/2018

So excited for Josh Hornick to arrive and for the games to begin!

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TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF XTCA!
11/01/2018

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF XTCA!

Join us TONIGHT for math games and puzzles with Josh Hornick!!!!
11/01/2018

Join us TONIGHT for math games and puzzles with Josh Hornick!!!!

Build this “Platonic Solid” with paper straws and pipe cleaners Thursday at 6:00pm!
10/31/2018

Build this “Platonic Solid” with paper straws and pipe cleaners Thursday at 6:00pm!

Have you explored MathStudio?We’ll be open ‘til 8 p.m. on Thursday!Stop by to play math games and puzzles with Josh ...
10/30/2018

Have you explored MathStudio?

We’ll be open ‘til 8 p.m. on Thursday!

Stop by to play math games and puzzles with Josh Hornick, “The MathMan.”

10/29/2018

A snippet from Pau Atela and Daniel Rockmore in conversation.

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UMass Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Dr
Amherst, MA
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Tuesday 11:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:30
Thursday 11:00 - 16:30
Friday 11:00 - 16:30
Saturday 14:00 - 17:00
Sunday 14:00 - 17:00

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