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UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art The University of Michigan Museum of Art is a meeting place for the arts, bridging campus and community, visual art and contemporary culture, scholarship and accessibility. UMMA Cafe open Summer 2019

"Artists typically use a sketchbook in one of two ways: They’ll use it to document their observations of the physical wo...
12/29/2019
Why You Should Keep a Daily Sketchbook—and How to Get Started

"Artists typically use a sketchbook in one of two ways: They’ll use it to document their observations of the physical world around them, or they’ll use it to put an idea from their mind to paper. Lynch suggests that artists employ a combination of the two—using both observation and imagination. "

If your 2020 resolution is to draw more often, there's some good advice in here!

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-daily-sketchbook-started

Keeping a sketchbook can help you develop ideas, hone skills, or work through emotions. We share tips for starting your own daily sketchbook routine.

The Arts Alliance
12/23/2019
The Arts Alliance

The Arts Alliance

The UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art and U-M's Robotics Institute are partnering to develop a robot that can interact naturally with visitors and engage in interactive conversations about art.

Whether you need a stocking stuffer for your nephew, something to class up your best friend’s kitchen, or a piece of jew...
12/12/2019
The 2019 UMMA Shop Holiday Gift Guide | University of Michigan Museum of Art

Whether you need a stocking stuffer for your nephew, something to class up your best friend’s kitchen, or a piece of jewelry you can wear to wow everyone at the work holiday party, the UMMA Shop has you covered.

The holidays are upon us, and there’s a good chance you still have gifts left to buy. Whether you need a stocking stuffer for your nephew, something to class up your best friend’s kitchen, or a piece of jewelry you can wear to wow everyone at the work holiday party, the UMMA Shop has you covered...

"So you see that a painting is an object; that it's not a window into something — you're not looking at a landscape, you...
12/06/2019
With Artist Frank Stella, What You See Is What You See

"So you see that a painting is an object; that it's not a window into something — you're not looking at a landscape, you're not looking at a portrait, but you're looking at a painting. It's basically: A painting is a painting is a painting. And it's what he said famously: What you see is what you see."

Check out the Frank Stella pieces in our collection here: https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/quick_search/query?utf8=true&q=artist:%22Frank%20Stella%22

https://www.npr.org/2015/12/26/460862565/with-artist-frank-stella-what-you-see-is-what-you-see

UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art's cover photo
12/04/2019

UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art's cover photo

Having this exhibition up has really brightened up the Vertical Gallery! Check out some more behind-the-scenes shots on ...
12/04/2019

Having this exhibition up has really brightened up the Vertical Gallery! Check out some more behind-the-scenes shots on our Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17857714651496108/

'Pan-African Pulp', a commission by Meleko Mokgosi, is on view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. His installation inaugurates a new biennial commission program at the museum, and features large-scale panels inspired by African photo novels of the 1960s and ’70s, a mural examining the complexity of blackness and posters from Pan-African movements from around the world.⁠
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Photography: Jerri Hollister and Patrick Young @ UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art

"My two passions in life are business and photography, and so having the opportunity to attend this event and seeing my ...
12/02/2019
What A First-Year BBA Student Took Away From A Night At The U-M Museum Of Art

"My two passions in life are business and photography, and so having the opportunity to attend this event and seeing my two passions collide was such a unique experience for me."

I recently wrote about my experience visiting the University of Michigan Museum of Art with nearly 100 other first-year BBA students, faculty, and staff at Michigan Ross for an online publication called Her Campus. This was the second year this event was organized for students in BA 100. I would lov...

Wise words from Arthur Sze, thanks to Poets & Writers. Catch him here at UMMA on Tuesday and Thursday!Zell Visiting Writ...
12/02/2019
Arthur Sze

Wise words from Arthur Sze, thanks to Poets & Writers. Catch him here at UMMA on Tuesday and Thursday!

Zell Visiting Writers Series: Arthur Sze, Poet in Residence

ZVWS: Arthur Sze in Conversation with Khaled Mattawa

https://www.pw.org/content/arthur_sze_1

Find details about every creative writing competition—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, grants for translators, and more—that we’ve published in the Grants & Awards section of Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully revi...

"The sheer diversity and number of designs are a surprise even to lifelong Mumbai residents (even I’m shocked that I sti...
11/27/2019
Journalist Rachel Lopez Documents the Delightfully Diverse Patterns on the Ceilings of Mumbai Taxis

"The sheer diversity and number of designs are a surprise even to lifelong Mumbai residents (even I’m shocked that I still find new ones two years into the project). It’s one of the most gratifying outcomes of the series—being able to share with my beloved city the pictures I’d been quietly taking."

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2019/11/mumbai-taxi-ceilings/?mc_cid=42c5460f3e&mc_eid=c555918ee0

Rachel Lopez has a thing with... taxi ceilings. Instead of joining the 200,000+ Instagram posts hashtagged #ihavethisthingwithfloors, the lifelong Mumbai resident flips her phone's camera into selfie mode. Lopez documents the vast array of eccentric plastic patterns covering the ceilings of her hail

Please note our Thanksgiving weekend hours: November 27: Building closes at 5 p.m.November 28: CLOSEDNovember 29, 30, an...
11/26/2019
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Please note our Thanksgiving weekend hours:

November 27: Building closes at 5 p.m.
November 28: CLOSED
November 29, 30, and December 1: Building closes at 5 p.m.

Enjoy your weekend, and find out about our upcoming events here: https://umma.umich.edu/events.

Monuments and Public Art: A Public Conversation with Paul Farber (Monument Lab), Tina Olsen (UMMA), Srimoyee Mitra (Stamps Gallery) and Kristin Hass (Dept. of American Culture)

"Once practiced only in the private sphere, Mithila painting suddenly became a profession, ushering in new opportunities...
11/25/2019
India and Nepal’s Mithila Art Is Having a Feminist Renaissance

"Once practiced only in the private sphere, Mithila painting suddenly became a profession, ushering in new opportunities for local women. By the 1970s, artists were selling their paintings to dealers who would resell them in craft markets in big cities. But they often asked artists to produce dozens of the same painting, for meager pay—a practice that continues today."

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/india-nepal-mithila-art-feminism?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=atlas-page

As the region changes apace, so does an ancient style of painting.

"Remarkably, Katayama never set out to be an artist. Her intricately embroidered and stuffed objects – inlaid with lace,...
11/20/2019
Punk prosthetics: the mesmerising art of living sculpture Mari Katayama

"Remarkably, Katayama never set out to be an artist. Her intricately embroidered and stuffed objects – inlaid with lace, seashells, hair, crystals and collaged images – were made purely for her own amusement."

Our exhibition of Mari Katayama's work is now open! Come check it out: https://umma.umich.edu/exhibitions/2019/mari-katayama

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/mar/06/mari-katayama-japanese-artist-disabilities-interview

Born with tibial hemimelia, Japanese artist Mari Katayama chose to have her legs amputated at the age of nine. Now she uses her body in her dazzling work, adorned with crystals, seashells and lifesize dolls

Concentrate
11/18/2019
Concentrate

Concentrate

UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art visitors will pick the 250 photos to be added to the museum's permanent collection. Learn more:

MUSIC Matters
11/18/2019

MUSIC Matters

Highlight reel of Experience the Senses, our DEI Showcase this past Thursday at the UMMA. We brought talent from all ends of campus together to celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion. #DEI UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art

"A visit to an art museum can last a few hours, but the memories that come with a pair of novelty slippers can last a li...
11/18/2019
How do art museums decide what great works should be fridge magnets?

"A visit to an art museum can last a few hours, but the memories that come with a pair of novelty slippers can last a lifetime. Museums are hoping that these memories will make you want to come back."

Agreed! Learn more about the UMMA Shop here: https://umma.umich.edu/shop

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/11/7/18072114/museum-gift-shops-art-money

The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.

“You don’t just purchase one painting by a female artist of color and hang it on the wall next to a painting by Mark Rot...
11/18/2019
Baltimore Museum of Art Will Only Collect Works by Women in 2020 -

“You don’t just purchase one painting by a female artist of color and hang it on the wall next to a painting by Mark Rothko . . . To rectify centuries of imbalance, you have to do something radical.”

Just 3,800 of the 95,000 pieces in its collection are by women. Read More

"A Curator may still ghost you, but it’s probably because he’s doing something legitimately interesting with his time, l...
11/13/2019
A Curator Boyfriend is the Hottest Accessory for 2020

"A Curator may still ghost you, but it’s probably because he’s doing something legitimately interesting with his time, like scouting in the foothills of the Himalayas."

With JLaw’s nuptials to art-world cutie Cooke Maroney and Jenny Slate’s engagement to Ben Shattuck, a new boyfriend paradigm has emerged.

Thanks, Ann Arbor District Library! 💙This show is only here until January 24th! Don't miss out: https://www.facebook.com...
11/08/2019
Ann Arbor District Library

Thanks, Ann Arbor District Library! 💙

This show is only here until January 24th! Don't miss out: https://www.facebook.com/events/1107962436236499/

The Body Politic:
Japanese artist Mari Katayama challenges attitudes toward the differently abled in her debut U.S. solo show, which is at UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art through January 26, 2020.
Review:

"While Katayama uses herself as a subject in her photographic work, Oyobe points out the artist does not consider the re...
11/06/2019
Pulp | Arts Around Ann Arbor

"While Katayama uses herself as a subject in her photographic work, Oyobe points out the artist does not consider the resulting images self-portraiture. 'She treats her entire body, bodily parts, and prosthetics as "materials" to be arranged in photographs and soft sculptures. The resulting photographs are narrative scenes in which 'she invites the viewer to voyeuristically experience a private space developed from her imagination.'"

If you're interested in a guided tour, one is coming up in January: https://www.facebook.com/events/538917170271435/

Katayama’s works are on display at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in the Irving Stenn Jr. Family Gallery through January 26, 2020. Her creations include both photographs and sculptures that disrupt normative viewing of the body, which weave a narrative that rejects dominant cultural and ...

Glad to be featured in an article from the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan about the cafes on campus! C...
11/06/2019
The Campus Café Scene

Glad to be featured in an article from the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan about the cafes on campus! Check out some behind-the-scenes info about the UMMA Cafe here: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17891759683332932/

http://alumnus.alumni.umich.edu/campus-cafe-scene/?utm_source=member&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fy20_newsletter_november_2019&utm_content=campus%20cafes&userID=0031a00000IdNbCAAV

Visit one of 16 campus cafés and markets.

"'One thing I know for sure is that beauty is not something good-looking or clean,' she says. 'I personally feel that an...
11/06/2019
How one artist used photography to come to terms with her disability

"'One thing I know for sure is that beauty is not something good-looking or clean,' she says. 'I personally feel that anything that is alive is beautiful...I do not intend to create something beautiful in the first place.'"

Our exhibition of Mari Katayama's work is now open! Come check it out: https://umma.umich.edu/exhibitions/2019/mari-katayama

https://www.dazeddigital.com/beauty/body/article/42153/1/mari-katayama-photography-disability

courtesy of Instagram/@marikatayamaHow one artist used photography to come to terms with her disabilityBeauty Feature14.11.2018TextJessica Heron-Langton“One thing I know for sure is that beauty is not something good-looking or clean,” says Japanese artist Mari Katayama Mari Katayama’s self-por...

"[The auditorium was] not so large that I felt disconnected from the reader, but not so small that I was uncomfortable. ...
11/04/2019
Arts at Michigan

"[The auditorium was] not so large that I felt disconnected from the reader, but not so small that I was uncomfortable. . . Overall a truly amazing experience; hopefully the first of many." Thanks, Arts at Michigan!

Our next Mark Webster Reading Series event is November 15th! RSVP here: Charlotte Rutty + Jennifer Huang (Mark Webster Reading Series)

"Within the auditorium, everyone was so friendly and eager to listen to the night’s readers. The hosts were funny and relatable when introducing the event and transitioning between authors."

[art]seen REVIEW: Mark Webster Reading Series
Annesha Sengupta + Bryan Byrdlong (Mark Webster Reading Series)
UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art

"California’s hottest ghost town is Bodie. This place has everything: abandoned brothels and opium dens, a toddler who s...
10/31/2019
Five ‘Cursed Images’ in the UMMA Collection To Get You Ready for Halloween

"California’s hottest ghost town is Bodie. This place has everything: abandoned brothels and opium dens, a toddler who started a catastrophic fire, curses put on visitors who take anything as a souvenir, you name it!"

https://umma.umich.edu/content/five-cursed-images-umma-collection-get-you-ready-halloween

When you hear “cursed images,” you might think of “culinary abominations, nail art fails, creepy costumes, and NSFW optical illusions.”

Charles Ginnever's piece "Daedalus" looks beautiful amongst the fall foliage! Photo by UMMA's former Deputy Director of ...
10/25/2019

Charles Ginnever's piece "Daedalus" looks beautiful amongst the fall foliage! Photo by UMMA's former Deputy Director of Education, Ruth Slavin.

Wow--this is made of yarn?! Learn more about the original work here: https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/12174/vie...
10/25/2019

Wow--this is made of yarn?!

Learn more about the original work here: https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/12174/view

Happy Birthday Pablo Picasso! What's a cooler way to honor Picasso's legacy than with a fully Y'Art version of his "Two Girls Reading" piece?

Fun fact, the real piece is housed at UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art mere miles away from Yart Studio proper at Kahootz Toys!

#umma #pablopicasso #picasso #yart #yarn #yartstudio #customcrafts #inspiration #yartspiration #artspiration #arthistory

All About Ann Arbor
10/24/2019
All About Ann Arbor

All About Ann Arbor

A new type of docent will be making its debut soon at UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Come check it out! And learn more on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18101592190003676/
10/22/2019
Arts at Michigan

Come check it out! And learn more on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18101592190003676/

"In addition to being visitor-interactive, this exhibition asks some interesting questions regarding the definitions of art: 'What belongs in a permanent collection, and why? Who and what should be represented, and how should we decide?'"

[art]seen PREVIEW: Take Your Pick: Collecting Found Photographs
UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art

You may recognize this painting--it was on display here at UMMA while the William L. Clements Library was being renovate...
10/18/2019

You may recognize this painting--it was on display here at UMMA while the William L. Clements Library was being renovated!

Benjamin West’s painting “The Death of General Wolfe” has returned to permanent display here at the William L. Clements Library. Plan a visit to the Clements to take in this epic work of art and view our display of related primary sources from the 1759 Battle of Québec and the life of James Wolfe. Learn more: http://myumi.ch/qg2Ee

There are just two more Fridays to view the current exhibit “Things I Like Most About the Clements Library: Brian Leigh Dunnigan Retrospective.” https://events.umich.edu/event/63371 It includes an interesting print from 1795 that is a close parody of our iconic Benjamin West painting, by printmaker James Gillray: https://search.lib.umich.edu/catalog/record/011717019

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525 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI
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Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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