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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. ADMISSION IS FREE

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!

Now, technically speaking this piece doesn’t quite fit in our archive, so if you’re on the @umass campus you can vie...
06/21/2019

Now, technically speaking this piece doesn’t quite fit in our archive, so if you’re on the @umass campus you can view this piece outside the @umassfac lobby (Haigis Mall)!
This #featurefriday piece is entitled “Quinnipiac” (although students fondly refer to it as Bacon Pants) by Canadian Artist Robert Gray Murray. The sculpture was made in 1975 out of painted Cor-ten steel 1 inch plate, and purchased with funds from The National Endowment for the Arts, Alumni Association, and the Student Arts Council!

#quinnipiac #robertgarymurray #robertmurray #1975 #sculpture #steelsculpture #baconpants #umassamherst #umass #fac #finearts #fineartscenter #haigismall #canadianartists #nationalendowmentforthearts #alumniassociation #studentartscouncil @ UMass Fine Arts Center

VCAM 1953 - 2019
06/20/2019
VCAM 1953 - 2019

VCAM 1953 - 2019

@VMFA | Artist Kehinde Wiley’s first public sculpture — called Rumors of War — will find a permanent home outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) along Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond.

06/19/2019
Hampshire College Art Gallery

Hampshire College Art Gallery

Yesterday, Hampshire College Art Gallery hosted 25 members of the regional Museums10 collaborative in the R.W. Kern Center for a Label Writing workshop, facilitated by Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Associate Curator of Education, Kendra Weisbin. After initial case study presentations from Historic Deerfield, the University Museum of Contemporary Art, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke, folks broke into small groups to workshop current writing challenges.

Avital revisiting Gordes, France, in the mid-1950s (Photograph by Robert Sagalyn)“Avital Sagalyn is an American artist...
06/19/2019

Avital revisiting Gordes, France, in the mid-1950s (Photograph by Robert Sagalyn)

“Avital Sagalyn is an American artist whose works in oil paint, ink, watercolor and gouache, among other media, speak in a singular voice, distinct in their power and perspective. She has been called an "undiscovered" great talent among 20th century artists. Despite gaining early notoriety, she chose to keep her artworks largely private.
Until now. As this original and inventive artist flings open her studio doors to a treasure trove of paintings, drawings and sketches, we witness her extraordinary range. Avital's recent works in the United States and France are as fresh and exciting as the peeks she offers into mid-20th century life in Paris and Gordes, among other settings.”

Sagalyn’s work comes to the UMCA October 4th through December 8th!

Learn More About the Artist: https://www.avitalsagalyn.com/about-avital-new-new/

#avital #avitalsagalyn #gordes #gordesfrance #1950s #france #artist #gettoknowtheartist

#featurefriday “Ten Days” by James Rosenquist, 1973 serigraph/silkscreen print, 293 of 300, Gift of Robert Rauschenb...
06/14/2019

#featurefriday
“Ten Days” by James Rosenquist, 1973 serigraph/silkscreen print, 293 of 300, Gift of Robert Rauschenberg. “Ten Days” was featured as part of the 2012 Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition entitled “The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop”. The exhibition was co-curated by Rebecca Bernard and Kristen Rudy, Masters in Art History candidates, 2012.
To Learn More about this Exhibition and other Curatorial Fellowship work at the UMCA:
https://tinyurl.com/yxsl7vtl
To Learn More about “Ten Days”:
https://tinyurl.com/y6t8np59
#previouslyondisplay #pastexhibitions #curatorial #curatorialfellowship #curatorialproject #curatorialfellowships #curatorialfellow #curatorialfellowsgallery #curatorialfellowshipexhibition #umca #2012 #tendays #10days #1973 #jamesrosenquist #jamesrosenquistart #silkscreenprinting #silkscreenprint #thedomesticsphere #thedomesticspheregoespop #amherst #umassamherst #umass #bobbypins #bobbypin #nail

A Very Happy 50th Birthday To 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'
06/12/2019
A Very Happy 50th Birthday To 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'

A Very Happy 50th Birthday To 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'

Will author and artist Eric Carle's famously peckish creation be munching his way through some birthday cake? (Along with the salami, the pickle, the watermelon and the slice of Swiss cheese.)

For #featurefriday we are doing a bit of a #throwback from the archives! “[Untitled] [Record Cover, Remembrance of Mar...
06/07/2019

For #featurefriday we are doing a bit of a #throwback from the archives!
“[Untitled] [Record Cover, Remembrance of Marcel]”, 1973 print by George Segal.
Gifted to the UMCA by Robert Rauschenberg.
Vinyl will never go out of style!
Learn More About the Artist: https://www.segalfoundation.org/about_bio.html
Check Out More from Our Archive:
http://museums.fivecolleges.edu/
#viny #georgesegal #georgesegalrecord #georgesegalvinyl #1973 #remembrance #remembranceofmarcel #recordcover #recordcovers #umca #umassamherst #umass

The Leonardo Drew exhibition comes to the UMCA September 2019! Until then check out some of the incredible work Drew is ...
06/05/2019
Leonardo Drew Rides His Magic Carpet to a New Field

The Leonardo Drew exhibition comes to the UMCA September 2019!
Until then check out some of the incredible work Drew is currently putting on display!

The sculptor’s first outdoor work in Madison Square Park is a cityscape created from wood, aluminum and colored sand.

Art New England Workshops
06/04/2019

Art New England Workshops

The Why Behind the Wanderlust

Printmaker Jim Lee and Painter Elizabeth O'Reilly make very different work, but share the love of landscape. Learn what motivates them to focus on the land.

Plein Air Challenge instructor Elizabeth O'Reilly on looking at nature:

"It stops me being self-conscious because it’s not something that I carefully set up and have this serious thought about which object goes where or even if it’s just shapes, I can get paralyzed pretty easily with that. If I’m outside, there is all this world of things that I’m stimulated by so when that self-conscious element is gone I’m freed up. I suppose it offers new solutions all the time because you’re looking with a fresh eye even if I go back to the same place over and over, which I do. It’s never the same."

- From an interview with Larry Groff of Painting Perceptions


Layered Color Woodcut Printmaking instructor Jim Lee on landscapes:

"The places I travel to and describe in my work have a natural strangeness layered up through time that touches me in a fundamental and spiritual way. The hard part is to find personal approaches to the subject that still have some kind of universality. That is what I am trying to impart through my work. It is always a challenge... As I am primarily a linear artist, the graphic nature of texture and mark making was how I initially approached the landscape, but I eventually became just as involved with aspects of light and color. I am also intrigued by how space is projected into the distance."

ane.massart.edu/workshops

Florence Griswold Museum
06/01/2019

Florence Griswold Museum

Make your plans to see "Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art," on view June 1 through September 8. Contemporary artists carry on the tradition of artists-naturalists of the 19th and 20th centuries. FloGris.org for programs and special events. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme CT. https://FloGris.org @insectgurl @courtneycoral @jamesprosek @markdionstudio #contemporaryart #naturalist #ctvisit #museum #fragileearthflogris

Courtney Mattison, Afterglow (Our Changing Seas VI), 2018. Glazed stoneware and porcelain, 7.5 x 8.5 x 1.6 ft. Courtesy of the artist
Jennifer Angus’s work. Photography by James Harnois, Courtesy of MadArt, Seattle
James Prosek, Moth Cluster IV, 2018. Pen and ink and silkscreen on paper, 60 x 130 in. Courtesy of the artist and Waqas Wajahat, New York
Mark Dion, Scala Natura, 2008. Offset color lithograph, 50 1/2 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

Welcome to #featurefriday “While Red Becomes a Symphony” by Natalie Alper, 1999-2000, acrylic, metallic pigment and ...
05/31/2019

Welcome to #featurefriday
“While Red Becomes a Symphony” by Natalie Alper, 1999-2000, acrylic, metallic pigment and pencil on canvas, 78 x 84 inches, Clements/Howcroft Photography.
“I'm intrigued by phenomena of chaos science where the most imperceptible variations that occur at the beginning of a natural process lead to vastly different outcomes.” ~Natalie Alper
This piece was part of the Natalie Alper exhibition at the UMCA on display from April 1st to May 18th 2001. Alper lives and works in Brookline, Massachusetts and until 1993 was on the painting faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Learn More About the Exhibition: https://tinyurl.com/y4wg4te6
Learn More About the Artist: https://www.nataliealper.com/
#red #symphony #nataliealper #acrylic #pencil #canvas #canvaspainting #umca #pastexhibition #pastexhibitions #umassamherst #umass

COMING THIS FALL! Fielding: Goldenrod and an Exploration of ConnectionsA Pop-Up Exhibition (in collaboration with the UM...
05/29/2019

COMING THIS FALL!
Fielding: Goldenrod and an Exploration of Connections
A Pop-Up Exhibition (in collaboration with the UMCA and the College of Natural Sciences) by Emily Tareila!
September 2019; various locations on UMass campus, including Morrill Hall!
#fielding #goldenrod #comingthisfall #fall2019 #popupexhibition #collegeofnaturalsciences #umassamherst #umass #umca #mfa #studioarts

UMass Minuteman Marching Band
05/27/2019

UMass Minuteman Marching Band

Today and every day, we remember those who have protected us at home and abroad.

Thank you for your service 🇺🇸 #MemorialDay

Vietnam Veterans Dog Tag Memorial In Chicago
05/27/2019
Vietnam Veterans Dog Tag Memorial In Chicago

Vietnam Veterans Dog Tag Memorial In Chicago

Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast At the Harold Washington Library in Chicago is a new art installation called “Above and Beyond” featuring over 58,000 replica dog tags — one for each American soldier killed in the Vietnam War. The dog tags, each hung one inch apart, are suspended from the ceiling f...

University Museum of Contemporary Art's cover photo
05/26/2019

University Museum of Contemporary Art's cover photo

#featurefriday “Untitled”, lithograph print, n.d., by Joán Miró. This piece was an anonymous gift to the UMCA. Lea...
05/24/2019

#featurefriday
“Untitled”, lithograph print, n.d., by Joán Miró.
This piece was an anonymous gift to the UMCA.
Learn More About the Artist:
https://tinyurl.com/y3q89lv7
#umca #contemporaryart #contemporary #joanmire #untitled #lithograph #umassamherst #umass #archives #fivecollegeconsortium #fivecolleges

COMING THIS FALL to the UMCA!“Avital Sagalyn: A Life of Exploration” Oct. 4-Dec. 8. Learn more about the artist: avi...
05/22/2019

COMING THIS FALL to the UMCA!
“Avital Sagalyn: A Life of Exploration” Oct. 4-Dec. 8.
Learn more about the artist: avitalsagalyn.com
#oiloncardboard #oilpainting #midcenturyart #20thcenturyart #cubism #cubisme #cubismo #abstractart #avitalsagalyn #umca #contemporaryart #museum #westernmassachusetts #amherst #amherstmass #umassamherst #announcement #artexhibition #retrospective #artshow #museumshow

Joel Moskowitz Fine Art
05/21/2019

Joel Moskowitz Fine Art

Please join me for "Unspooled". The reception is June 7 at Fountain Street, in Boston. This acrylic on wood panel–– what does it mean? I'm not sure, but it's the most joyful thing I've made. https://www.fsfaboston.com/unspooled

“Arkon Bwah”, 1973, willow wood, rope, 28 x 57 x 7 inches, 1984 by Martin Puryear. Photography: Creative Services, U...
05/17/2019

“Arkon Bwah”, 1973, willow wood, rope, 28 x 57 x 7 inches, 1984 by Martin Puryear.
Photography: Creative Services, University of Massachusetts.
The first ten year survey exhibition of sculpture by artist Martin Puryear was on display at the UMCA from February 4 through March 16, 1984.
Today, Puryear is representing the U.S. at the next Venice Biennale!
Learn More about Puryear at the Venice Biennale: https://tinyurl.com/y77p34wt
Learn More about the Puryear exhibition at the UMCA: https://tinyurl.com/yyp4wkbc
#puryear #martinpuryear #1984 #contemporary #contemporaryart #venicebiennale2019 #venicebiennale #umca #umassamherst #umass @ University Museum of Contemporary Art

North Bennet Street School
05/16/2019

North Bennet Street School

If you love Mid-century Modern and Shaker furniture, "Visions of Design," a Fruitlands Museum exhibit now open explores the era's furniture design and philosophy. It also includes work by Cabinet & Furniture Making alumnus Eli Cleveland CF ’09: hand-crafted replicas and an “exploding” set of tables illustrating the furniture's construction. We know we'll be heading out to Harvard, Massachusetts to check it out:
https://hubs.ly/H0hTtbt0

#TransformationTuesday #NBSSalumni #midcenturymodern #shakerfurniture The Trustees

Ah yes the age old problem of every museum security guard and, in our case, Visitor Attendant. Interesting read none the...
05/16/2019
Why touching art is so tempting -- and exciting

Ah yes the age old problem of every museum security guard and, in our case, Visitor Attendant.
Interesting read none the less!

Unauthorized touching is common in museums around the world. But why?

COMING THIS FALL to the UMCA! “Leonardo Drew: Cycles”,September 20th through December 8th, 2019Pictured: “74P”, ...
05/15/2019

COMING THIS FALL to the UMCA!
“Leonardo Drew: Cycles”,
September 20th through December 8th, 2019
Pictured: “74P”, 1961, Leonardo Drew
#leonardodrew #contemporaryart #umca #umassamherst #umass #1961 #thisfall #comingthisfall

Cahoon Museum of American Art
05/15/2019

Cahoon Museum of American Art

Artist Peter Gabel, Flora Extraordinaire, just dropped off his intricate miniature Mermaid's Dollhouse, as well as some tiny floral bouquets - all make entirely of shells - in preparation for the upcoming Exquisite Shells exhibition at Cahoon Museum of American Art opening on May 24. Peter spent 300 hours working on this masterpiece - not including time spent sourcing and sorting shells. It is mesmerizing!

05/12/2019

Happy Mother’s Day!

05/12/2019
SBS News

SBS News

History is written by the victors. It’s also written largely by men. This app is rewriting herstory.

Today’s #featurefriday is from our archives! “Purple Pink”, pastel and ink, 1971 by Edward Clark was purchased wit...
05/10/2019

Today’s #featurefriday is from our archives!
“Purple Pink”, pastel and ink, 1971 by Edward Clark was purchased with funds from the Fine Arts Council Grant.
We are getting som serious beach day sunset vibes from this one.
What do you think?
#purple #pink #purplepink #1971 #edwardclark #pastel #ink #pastelandink #finearts #fineartscouncil #contemporaryart #contemporary #umca #umassamherst

Congratulations to the #umasshistorydept students who received a variety of scholarships and honors at the UMass Undergr...
05/09/2019

Congratulations to the #umasshistorydept students who received a variety of scholarships and honors at the UMass Undergraduate Award Ceremony on April 29th! Our very own Social Media Intern was lucky to be counted among those chosen to receive the Richard Bauer Scholarship for her work as our Intern throughout the summer! #intern #internship #scholarship #scholarships #socialmediaintern #socialmediainternship #richardbauer #summer2019

05/08/2019

Artist Kim Carlino, who curated “Dialogue with a Collection” here at the UMCA back in 2014, has created an incredible street mural in North Hampton! Check it out!

COMING THIS FALL!“Leonardo Drew: Cycles” Prints and Sculptures from the Jordan Schnitzer CollectionSep 20 – Dec 8,...
05/08/2019

COMING THIS FALL!
“Leonardo Drew: Cycles”
Prints and Sculptures from the Jordan Schnitzer Collection
Sep 20 – Dec 8, 2019
Leonardo Drew’s prints, powerfully large yet fragile, test the versatility of the medium, transforming cotton paper pulp and pigment into what suggests densely populated cities, a forest, or an urban wasteland. His sculptural installations in wood start with a raw material, transforming and reconstructing its essence until it resembles debris. Through this process, the artist articulates histories of chaos and cycles of birth and death.
#thisfall #comingthisfall #leonardodrew #umca #umassamherst #cycles #joedanschnitzer

Kiara Hill (UMCA Graduate Assistant; Afro-American Studies Doctoral Candidate) has been accepted into the prestigious 20...
05/08/2019

Kiara Hill (UMCA Graduate Assistant; Afro-American Studies Doctoral Candidate) has been accepted into the prestigious 2019 Center for Curatorial Leadership/Mellon Foundation Seminar, which takes place for 2 weeks each summer in New York! Those accepted to this program are doctoral candidates from across the country who are mentored by New York’s most important Curators and Museum Directors during their stay.

The fact that she was accepted is not only recognition of her potential as a future curator, but also recognition for UMass Amherst and for its Art Museum to train and mentor the next generation of museum professionals in this country!

Congratulations Kiara! ❤️

Colossal
05/08/2019
Colossal

Colossal

No matter how you slice it, this is still a rock-hard stone 🤯

Martin Puryear, the extraordinary African-American artist, now 77 years old, is representing the US at the next Venice B...
05/06/2019
Martin Puryear, Citizen-Sculptor

Martin Puryear, the extraordinary African-American artist, now 77 years old, is representing the US at the next Venice Biennale (see article in today’s NY Times).
The UMCA was lucky enough organize one of Puryear’s first exhibitions in 1984!
Check out the 1984 Exhibition here:
https://fac.umass.edu/UMCA/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=MartinPuryear&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=

On the eve of the Venice Biennale, the artist’s shaping hand frames a view of his troubled, and troubling, homeland

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!

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