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!

For today’s #featurefriday we are mixing things up! Since we are now closed for the summer we are going to alternate a...
05/04/2019

For today’s #featurefriday we are mixing things up! Since we are now closed for the summer we are going to alternate archives pieces with pieces that have been on display at the museum as part of past exhibitions!
To start off we have “Wafting in the Wind”, Karel Appel, 1975!
This piece was on display as part of the COBRA exhibition back in 2016! Read more about the exhibition here: https://fac.umass.edu/UMCA/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=Cobra&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=
#umca #pastexhibitions #pastexhibitionspotlight #cobra #artofcobra #karelappel #1975 #waftinginthewind

Hampshire College Art Gallery
04/30/2019

Hampshire College Art Gallery

Did you know that every four days, Gallery assistants Anton Kaplan, Nora Hammen and Emily Brozki - under the guidance of Gallery alumni fellow Ray Mendel - patch and repaint the entire 2000sq ft space between Div III shows to give each student a pristine exhibition experience? In between, we've been working on professional development by taking field trips to see exhibitions and meet museum folks at local area museums including the Mead Art Museum, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the University Museum of Contemporary Art. Glad to be part of Museums10!

TOMORROW join the UMCA and UMassFive College Credit Union for an Opening Reception and Artist Talk with Angela Zammarell...
04/30/2019

TOMORROW join the UMCA and UMassFive College Credit Union for an Opening Reception and Artist Talk with Angela Zammarelli!
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1763278090440971/?ti=ia
#angelazammarelli #openingreception #umassfive #umassfivecollegefcu #umassamherst #umca

This is beautiful!
04/29/2019
Rainwater Collecting Installation by John Grade Dazzles Like An Outdoor Chandelier

This is beautiful!

Situated in a clearing within an Italian forest, John Grade’s latest installation, Reservoir, appears like a chandelier glistening among the pine trees. Reservoir is featured in the Arte Sella Sculpture Park in Borgo Valsugana and is made up of five thousand clear droplets each of which is delicat...

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04/28/2019

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As of 5pm today, we are officially closed for the Summer 😭Thank you to everybody who came out to support the incredib...
04/28/2019

As of 5pm today, we are officially closed for the Summer 😭
Thank you to everybody who came out to support the incredible exhibitions we had this year!
And make sure to STAY TUNED for updates on OUR UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS!
#closedforthesummer #seeyouinthefall #seeyousoon #staytuned #updatescomingsoon #updatessoon #thankyou #umca #umassamherst #umass #unitethemasses @ University Museum of Contemporary Art

8 Female Dada Artists You Need to Know
04/28/2019
8 Female Dada Artists You Need to Know

8 Female Dada Artists You Need to Know

Dada was one of the most anarchistic movements of all time, yet its members rarely questioned gender norms. Despite that, these women made vital contributions.

Today’s #featurefriday comes from deep in our archive! “Bust from Seated Nude” bronze sculpture by Kahlil George G...
04/26/2019

Today’s #featurefriday comes from deep in our archive!
“Bust from Seated Nude” bronze sculpture by Kahlil George Gibran (1922-2008).
Purchased with funds from the Fine Arts Council Grant.
Gibran was born and raised in Boston and knew from an early age he wanted to be an artist. He found inspiration in his namesake and godfather, the renowned poet Gibran Kahlil Gibran (author of “The Prophet”). Throughout his career Gibran dabbled in mediums from jewelry making, drawing, furniture making, and of course sculpture.
To Learn More About Kahlil George Gibran: http://www.terenchin.com/2015/12/23/khalil-gibran-1922-2008/
To See More from the UMCA Archive:
http://museums.fivecolleges.edu/index.php
DON’T FORGET the UMCA closes for the Summer on April 28th! It’s not too late to come in and see some incredible art!
#kahlilggibran #kahlilgeorgegibran #kahlilgibran #bust #bronze #sculpture #archive #fivecollegeconsortium

FieldingCurated by Emily Tareila, MFA candidate in the UMass Department of Art.Various locations on the UMass campus inc...
04/25/2019

Fielding
Curated by Emily Tareila, MFA candidate in the UMass Department of Art.
Various locations on the UMass campus including the
UMCA and Natural History Departments are collaborating on a series of programs fall 2019 to highlight some of the natural history collections to the greater UMass community. Artists will be researching and engaging the collections to create events and subsequent exhibitions (pop-up, modular, in a gallery, and/or otherwise). Emily Tareila (an artist/graduate student in the Art Department) is beginning this research for an initiative in Fall 2019 with longer-term plans for artists outside the UMass community to follow.
LEARN MORE HERE: http://www.umass.edu/art/event/mfa-thesis-exhibition-fielding
#fielding #emilytareila #fall2019 #naturalhistorydepartment #umassamherst #2019

FieldingCurated by Emily Tareila, MFA candidate in the UMass Department of Art.Various locations on the UMass campus inc...
04/25/2019

Fielding
Curated by Emily Tareila, MFA candidate in the UMass Department of Art.
Various locations on the UMass campus including the
UMCA and Natural History Departments are collaborating on a series of programs fall 2019 to highlight some of the natural history collections to the greater UMass community. Artists will be researching and engaging the collections to create events and subsequent exhibitions (pop-up, modular, in a gallery, and/or otherwise). Emily Tareila (an artist/graduate student in the Art Department) is beginning this research for an initiative in Fall 2019 with longer-term plans for artists outside the UMass community to follow.
LEARN MORE HERE: http://www.umass.edu/art/event/mfa-thesis-exhibition-fielding
#fielding #emilytareila #fall2019 #naturalhistorydepartment #umassamherst #2019

Did you enjoy last week’s poetry reading with Peter Cole and Terry Winters, moderated by Nathan McClain? You can still...
04/23/2019

Did you enjoy last week’s poetry reading with Peter Cole and Terry Winters, moderated by Nathan McClain?
You can still see our three exhibitions, including Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions! Hurry in! We close April 28th!!!
#terrywinters #closingsoon #factsandfictions #petercole #nathanmcclain #poetryreading
@ University Museum of Contemporary Art

04/21/2019

We officially close for the semester on April 28th!

04/21/2019
SBS News

SBS News

Sweden's teenage activist Greta Thunberg choked backed tears as she begged EU leaders to act on climate change like they did on Notre-Dame.

Happy Easter from the UMCA! 💐“Lillies in a Blue Vase”, oil on masonite, 1963, by American artist Evelyn Borchard ...
04/21/2019

Happy Easter from the UMCA! 💐
“Lillies in a Blue Vase”, oil on masonite, 1963, by American artist Evelyn Borchard Metzger.
Currently in the UMCA Archive. #happyeaster #easter #spring #happyspring #lillies #evelynbmetzger

Todays #featurefriday is currently on display at the UMCA! “Hearts Over the People”, photo-gelatin silver, 1938-39 (...
04/19/2019

Todays #featurefriday is currently on display at the UMCA!
“Hearts Over the People”, photo-gelatin silver, 1938-39 (printed ca. 1980) by Barbara Morgan.
It is part of the exhibition in the North Gallery entitled “What’s So Funny: How Humor Makes Us Think”, the 12th Annual Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition curated by grad students Kayla Peterson and Siyu Shen.
This is not the first of Morgan’s work to be on display at the UMCA this semester, some of her photos were also featured in the Speak to Me of Rivers Exhibition!
Learn more about Barbara Morgan here: http://www.artnet.com/artists/barbara-morgan/
Learn more about the Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition here: https://fac.umass.edu/UMCA/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=whatssofunny
AND DON’T FORGET!
The UMCA closes for the Summer on April 28th! So don’t miss out on seeing some incredible art!
#barbaramorgan #whatssofunny #heartsoverthepeople #umca #curatorialfellowship

The blaze may be out but there’s still much to do, our hearts are with Paris
04/17/2019

The blaze may be out but there’s still much to do, our hearts are with Paris

NOTRE-DAME de PARIS (1160 - 1260)
For MEMORY before the fire - Pour MEMOIRE avant le feu - Per RICORDARE prima dell'incendio

- The grand medieval Cathedral in the heart of Paris. 13 million visitors yearly: the most visited monument in Europe and the most famous gothic building worldwide.

- La grandiose Cathédrale médiévale au coeur de Paris. 13 millions de visiteurs par an: le monument le plus visité d'Europe et le plus célèbre édifice gothique au monde.

- La grandiosa Cattedrale medioevale nel cuore di Parigi. 13 milioni di visitatori: il monumento più visitato in Europa ed il più famoso edificio gotico del mondo.

© Pietro Madaschi, Milan Italy - 360 VISIO​ - www.360visio.com

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris #France #Francia #France360 #FranceVR #FranciaVR #Paris #Parigi #Paris360 #Parigi360 #ParigiVR #ParisVR #NotreDame #Cathedral #Cathédrale #Gotico #Gothic #Gothique #360photo #foto360 #360visio #UNESCO

Don’t forget! The UMCA is not open during the Summer! We officially close on April 28th SO COME IN SOON before Terry W...
04/13/2019

Don’t forget! The UMCA is not open during the Summer! We officially close on April 28th SO COME IN SOON before Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions, Xylor Jane: Counterclockwise and What’s So Funny? are gone! #terrywinters #xylorjane #whatssofunny #umca #umassamherst #umass #closingsoon #comeinandfindart

DID YOU KNOW: there is a Campus Collections Map that helps you locate collections of not just art but everything from bo...
04/12/2019
UMarmot, the Catablog of SCUA : The Archive of Social Change

DID YOU KNOW: there is a Campus Collections Map that helps you locate collections of not just art but everything from books to bones across the UMass Campus!

The Campus Collections Map was developed by Campus Planning in collaboration with the Campus Collections Committee under the direction of Simon Neame, Dean of UMass Amherst Libraries.

Today’s #featurefriday comes from our archive! Untitled (Native American Pottery), Maker Unknown, Coil-Built pot. Purc...
04/12/2019

Today’s #featurefriday comes from our archive!
Untitled (Native American Pottery), Maker Unknown, Coil-Built pot. Purchased with funds from Fine Arts Council Grant, Part of the Hollister Collection of Southwest Indian Ceramic Pottery. This piece does not reside in our on-site archives but in Special Collections at the UMass W.E.B. Du Boise Library. This piece is part of a large collection that was accessioned to the UMCA, and was reviewed by Donna Gould, a Senior Anthropology Lecturer and Tribal Liaison here at UMass, in accordance with NAGPRA.
To see more of what is in our archives, visit The Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield Museum Consortium’s Collections Database, select the UMCA from the list of museums and use Keyword UM! http://museums.fivecolleges.edu/index.php
To learn more about Special Collections at the W.E.B. Du Boise Library: http://scua.library.umass.edu/umarmot/
#archive #fivecolleges #fivecollegeconsortium #umca #database #specialcollections #specialcollectionsandarchives #specialcollectionsarchives #umasslibrary #umassspecialcollections

04/10/2019
XYLOR_JANE_FINAL_032919

If you missed the Xylor Jane Documentary viewing, we have good news for you!
We will have an iPad running a loop of the documentary on sight very soon, and the video is also available for viewing here:

This is "XYLOR_JANE_FINAL_032919" by Alistair Shurman on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

04/09/2019
The Emily Dickinson Museum

A great event last night!

Peter Cole read his poem 'A Winters Trail' during tonight's fabulous conversation with artist Terry Winters, facilitated by Nathan McClain. Thanks to the University Museum of Contemporary Art for tonight's program. We can't wait for tomorrow's master class with Peter in Emily Dickinson's parlor at the Homestead! #nationalpoetrymonth #EmilyDickinsonMuseum #ekphrasticpoetry

04/08/2019

The UMCA closes for the Summer on April 28th
so be sure to come in soon before these exhibitions are gone!

An article published in Art Forum about Xylor Jane!
04/08/2019
Zachary Fine on Xylor Jane

An article published in Art Forum about Xylor Jane!

Xylor Jane’s paintings are composed of delicate grids of Arabic numerals, each obediently stabled in its own square. The digits are not quivering in the air or bolting through cables or scurrying behind images. They are firm, settled. With their seemingly mechanical precision, the paintings can re...

UMass Fine Arts Center
04/08/2019

UMass Fine Arts Center

Barbara Ellmann's "So Here So There" & Margaret Wilson open today at Hampden Gallery! 🙌 Catch the opening reception for this exciting exhibition from 2-4 p.m.

Ellmann ➡️ http://bit.ly/2CDKT8E
Wilson ➡️ http://bit.ly/2sKbe0z

04/08/2019
Hampden Gallery

Hampden Gallery

Margaret Wilson performs part of her hour-long performance art piece, "I Speak as One in Doubt."

UMass Amherst AfroAm
04/07/2019
UMass Amherst AfroAm

UMass Amherst AfroAm

When you visit #WEBDDAFRO at New Africa House you will find a gallery on our first floor named in honor of the amazing artist and intellectual #AugustaSavage

Double Edge Theatre
04/06/2019
Double Edge Theatre

Double Edge Theatre

“To me, it’s about courage, the courage to create in a reality that may not invite creation, the courage to create in different circumstances that you face. And I think Leonora Carrington is inspiring because she took the hardships and traumas of her life and made magic. I think it’s about freedom, the freedom of our souls, our spirit. And I think there’s something healing about people who find that power to go into themselves, particularly women who don’t succumb to circumstances or daily life,” -Stacy Klein, Founder & Artistic Director

This week we were visited by Greg Cook of WONDERLAND who wrote this article titled "Leonora Carrington’s Magic Realist Paintings Come Alive at Double Edge Theatre". Thank you Greg for taking the time to come out to the Farm and witness our work.

Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro will be playing at our Farm Center from April 5-7 and 12-14, 2019. For tickets, visit our website https://doubleedgetheatre.org/tickets

This weeks #featurefriday is “She Quickened with the Realization That Things Would Never Be the Same” from the serie...
04/05/2019

This weeks #featurefriday is “She Quickened with the Realization That Things Would Never Be the Same” from the series “Real Life Dramas”, 1984-1986, Ektacolor print by Mary Frey.
Currently on display in the North Gallery as part of the “What’s So Funny? How Humor Makes Us Think” Exhibition! Join us for an Artists Talk with Mary Frey on April 16th! Full details on the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1380067792131908/
#maryfrey #reallifedramas #artiststalk #whatssofunny #umca @ University Museum of Contemporary Art

04/04/2019

We are open late tonight until 8pm for Amherst Arts Night Plus!

Right now! Jazer Giles and Ayano Katoaka of UMass offer their musical perfomances at Bezanson Hall.
04/02/2019

Right now! Jazer Giles and Ayano Katoaka of UMass offer their musical perfomances at Bezanson Hall.

Mead Art Museum
04/02/2019
Mead Art Museum

Mead Art Museum

"Ms. Clark, a professor of art and art history at Amherst College in Massachusetts, is presenting the truce flag as a counterweight to the familiar red and blue battle flag of the Confederacy that is commercially reproduced on merchandise including T-shirts, bumper stickers, and dish towels, and is seen by its critics as a symbol of racism.

That the truce flag — now housed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. — is overshadowed in popular culture by the battle flag is, Ms. Clark argued, a sign that America has yet to erase a racist past that sparked the Civil War.

“This country has not reckoned with the fact that the Civil War was lost, that we haven’t quite come to terms with when that truce was made,” she said in an interview after the performance. 'It meant that people put down their arms but they didn’t actually attend in full to what the war was being fought about.'"

Congratulations, Sonya Clark on this incredible show at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Read the full article in The New York Times at the link below.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/01/arts/design/confederate-flag-fabric-workshop-museum-sonya-clark.html

UMass Fine Arts Center
04/01/2019

UMass Fine Arts Center

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’s Ballet Master, Raffaele Morra, joined us in Greenfield tonight to lead a movement workshop for LifePath’s Rainbow Elders, teaching the Trockadero version of Anna Povlova’s 1905 dance, “The Dying Swan.” 🦢

Do you have your 🎟 yet? ➡️ http://bit.ly/2Ljhe7K

04/01/2019
Our Student Educator Dannie is a Senior Art History major with a Studio Art minor. Of the painting she is featured with ...
03/31/2019

Our Student Educator Dannie is a Senior Art History major with a Studio Art minor. Of the painting she is featured with she says, “The painting is like a universe that I couldn’t find where the end is. The longer I stay with this painting the more I could discover. ”
“So Long” by Xylor Jane, 2006, oil on panel, is on display through April 28th as part of the Xylor Jane: Counterclockwise exhibition!
You can join Dannie for a tour of the UMCA today OR
Check out our page for a full list of tour dates and times! https://www.facebook.com/events/372627896885942/
#studenteducator #xylorjane #counterclockwise #museumtour #umca #umassamherst

This Tuesday in Bezanson Hall, come experience the lively music of Ayano Katoaka, UMass Dept. of Music and Dance faculty...
03/31/2019

This Tuesday in Bezanson Hall, come experience the lively music of Ayano Katoaka, UMass Dept. of Music and Dance faculty and percussionist, and Jazer Giles, electronic artist. The concert will follow the day after the symposium “Art+Math” this Monday. More info on the event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/1262916863848082/?ti=icl

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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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