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"From all of us student bloggers here at UMMA, I wish you the best of luck in your voting endeavors. As students, many o...
10/07/2020
Crossing the Hurdles of Mail-in Voting During a Pandemic | UMMA Student Blog

"From all of us student bloggers here at UMMA, I wish you the best of luck in your voting endeavors. As students, many of us are ourselves first-time voters and also navigating the new hurdles of voting in a pandemic, too. So whatever path to voting you decide to take this year, we’re right there with you and eager to help."

New on UMMA's student blog:

Welcome back, UMMA student blog readers, to the sixth of ten Tuesdays leading up to the 2020 November general election. Each Tuesday until Election Day on November 3, we will be posting topics on democracy, voting, and justice in order to spark conversations about the upcoming election.

It's Oct. 1 - you know what that means 🎃 ------🎨 : Artist Unrecorded, Untitled, 20th century, photograph on paper, Gift ...
10/01/2020

It's Oct. 1 - you know what that means 🎃

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🎨 : Artist Unrecorded, Untitled, 20th century, photograph on paper, Gift of Peter J. Cohen, selected by Museum visitors, 2019-2020, 2020/1.237

Visit the farm stand outside UMMA on Thursdays, 1-4pm, through October 29! Pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, plus fun ...
09/30/2020

Visit the farm stand outside UMMA on Thursdays, 1-4pm, through October 29! Pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, plus fun t-shirts. Credit card only. Follow @umfarmstand on Instagram for more!

"From age eight to eighteen, my dad insisted on taking me into the voting booth with him at every election. I remember t...
09/29/2020
Making Space for Civic Engagement -- From the UMMA Student Blog

"From age eight to eighteen, my dad insisted on taking me into the voting booth with him at every election. I remember tagging along on what seemed like random Tuesday evenings to the middle school gym or community center in my hometown, wherever our pop-up precinct polling place happened to be. There were always long lines, sterile surroundings, and a hushed energy that permeated the room. I’d notice the immediate shift in feeling once we got to a booth, the small cardboard walls providing an illusion of isolation and privacy. Every action became noticeably deliberate. It struck me as a strange but almost holy place."

New on our Student Engagement Council blog:

It’s National Voter Registration Day, UMMA student blog readers, and the fourth of ten Tuesdays leading up to the 2020 November general election. Each Tuesday until Election Day on November 3, we will be posting topics on democracy, voting, and justice in order to spark conversations about the upc...

The Ann Arbor District Library has hundreds of art prints that you can borrow for free, for up to eight weeks at a time....
09/25/2020
Wish You Could Hang Up UMMA’s Art in Your Own Home? You Can, Sort Of

The Ann Arbor District Library has hundreds of art prints that you can borrow for free, for up to eight weeks at a time. And the best news? There are several prints of pieces from UMMA’s collection! Check out some of our favorites below.

All moved into your new place and faced with blank white walls?

"This is who I am. This is how my body moves. And I'm going to do it confidently."New from out Student Engagement Counci...
09/23/2020
Expanding the Narrative: Chiamaka Ukachukwu Balances a Career in STEM with Dance and Poetry - UMMA Student Blog

"This is who I am. This is how my body moves. And I'm going to do it confidently."

New from out Student Engagement Council blog:

This fall, Chiamaka “Chi-Chi” Ukachukwu advances into the 3rd year of her PhD program in Pharmacology at University of Michigan Medical School. Chi-Chi explains that while she always danced, it was not until college that she developed and elevated herself as an artist.

Starting this week, the University of Michigan community will be able to register to vote and cast early in-person absen...
09/22/2020
U-M Museum of Art to serve as Ann Arbor City Clerk’s satellite office through Nov. 3 | Arts & Culture

Starting this week, the University of Michigan community will be able to register to vote and cast early in-person absentee ballots at UMMA! 🗳🇺🇸

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) museums and galleries are closed, and various events and exhibitions have either moved online or have been postponed. For U-M’s guide to living, learning and working together safely, please visit Campus Maize & Blueprint.

UM students! Do you need somewhere calm and quiet to study? Study in style and reserve one of 22 available seats at UMMA...
09/16/2020
Study Hours At UMMA: Reserve One of 22 Unique Campus Study Spaces

UM students! Do you need somewhere calm and quiet to study? Study in style and reserve one of 22 available seats at UMMA— an ideal location for a relaxed study session. Surround yourself with inspiration while you study in our historic apse. Sign up here:

Study in style and reserve one of 22 available seats at UMMA — an ideal location for a relaxed study session. Surround yourself with inspiration while you study in UMMA’s historic Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Apse.

In the lead-up to the November 3, 2020 elections in the U.S., UMMA is partnering with several organizations across the U...
09/15/2020
Events and Programs from UMMA to Help You Make Your Voice Heard on Voting Day

In the lead-up to the November 3, 2020 elections in the U.S., UMMA is partnering with several organizations across the University of Michigan campus to host public programs, exhibitions, and events to help you make your voice heard on voting day. 🗳🇺🇸

In the lead-up to the November 3, 2020 elections in the U.S., UMMA is partnering with several organizations across The University of Michigan campus to host public programs, exhibitions, and events to help you make your voice heard on voting day.

It feels great to have (appropriately distanced and masked) visitors again! 🎨 ❤️⁠We opened to U-M students, faculty, and...
09/14/2020

It feels great to have (appropriately distanced and masked) visitors again! 🎨 ❤️⁠

We opened to U-M students, faculty, and staff last week and welcomed some The Ross School of Business BA200 students so they could explore our galleries and find a piece that could inspire them for the semester. Which work of art would you choose? ⁠

We're open, but gallery access is still restricted. More information here: https://umma.umich.edu/plan-your-visit

📸: UMMA Staff

We LOVE the new optical illusion mural in downtown Ann Arbor! Can you spot the tribute to UMMA? 😍
09/10/2020

We LOVE the new optical illusion mural in downtown Ann Arbor! Can you spot the tribute to UMMA? 😍

Are you a U-M student looking to get involved at UMMA? Check out our Festifall page:
09/04/2020
UMMA at Festifall | University of Michigan Museum of Art

Are you a U-M student looking to get involved at UMMA? Check out our Festifall page:

UMMA's Student Engagement Council (SEC) is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience within a museum setting and give U-M's student body a voice at UMMA.

The humble postage stamp. At least three UMMA pieces have been featured on them over the years--read on to see which one...
09/01/2020
Explore The Art In UMMA’s Collection That Has Been Immortalized as US Postage Stamps

The humble postage stamp. At least three UMMA pieces have been featured on them over the years--read on to see which ones.

It’s small and it’s inexpensive, but it has great power to send your letters and packages on cross-country journeys and have them magically* appear exactly where you want them to go. For more than a century, having something or someone featured on a US Postage Stamp has been a marker of cultural...

Maybe you've seen some of the large public art near UMMA and thought, "Hmm. If only I knew a little more about that scul...
08/26/2020
Let These UMMA Sculptures Inspire Your New College Personality

Maybe you've seen some of the large public art near UMMA and thought, "Hmm. If only I knew a little more about that sculpture, it could be a really useful landmark for me." Never fear! We've put together a quiz that will not only teach you about some of the quirky pieces outside UMMA, but will also give you some handy tips on how you can adopt some of their best traits as you start off the school year.

Starting college is the best time in your life for experimentation — you're choosing new student organizations, finding new friend groups, developing new routines, and even trying out new personalities — you're building a new you, and we want to help.

"There’s this realization I had of how many different levels and different worlds there are to the art world . . . There...
08/25/2020
Careers at the Museum: Installation and Exhibition Design with Brendan Harman

"There’s this realization I had of how many different levels and different worlds there are to the art world . . . There’s the academic art world, like when you’re in graduate school, when you’re in school, you’re talking about art in a certain way. You have certain ideas about art. You get really excited about certain issues that are brought up and that relate to the world outside of art. Social issues or spiritual issues. And then when I started just working for artists and working for galleries and stuff, I realized, ‘oh, there’s this whole commercial side as well.’ And that is a huge aspect of the art world.”

It takes a unique group of people to run an art museum smoothly. Many employees with myriad professional backgrounds collaborate to ensure successful exhibitions, programs, acquisitions, and art conservation. From time to time, the UMMA student blog will be interviewing some of these staff members t...

A few new museum acquisitions will be on view as part of "I Write To You About Africa." One of them, by Zimbabwean artis...
08/20/2020
I Write To You About Africa | University of Michigan Museum of Art

A few new museum acquisitions will be on view as part of "I Write To You About Africa." One of them, by Zimbabwean artist (and Stamps School of Art & Design alum!) Masimba Hwati, combines sculpture, sound, with a deep history of global resistance movements.

In this video, you can hear Hwati discuss the piece with fellow artist Mayela Rodriquez, and hear Ngoromera’s haunting sound.

Following years of research into the Museum’s and University of Michigan’s relationships with Africa and African art collections, I Write To You About Africa is a complete reinstallation and doubling of the Museum’s space dedicated to African art.

"It’s easy for loneliness and fear to pull us under, blinding us of everything save our will to live, but the simple rem...
08/17/2020
Reconciling Chaos and Creativity: Interviews with Young Creatives

"It’s easy for loneliness and fear to pull us under, blinding us of everything save our will to live, but the simple remedy of listening to music or painting a small picture of our friends might just be the rope that pulls us out of the sinkhole."

New from our student blog:

The original title for this article was “Reconciling Morbidity and Creativity.” I formulated that theme one month after the U.S. entered lockdown to pacify the COVID-19 pandemic. Attending online class and spending hours indoors before spring stepped shyly into Michigan, my mind was speckled wit...

08/14/2020
Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Tonight! A presentation by multidisciplinary artist Kiki Smith.

On this week's installment of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series, we watch Kiki Smith, who is known for her multidisciplinary practice relating to the human condition and the natural world.
Smith uses a broad variety of materials, continuously expanding and evolving a body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, and textile.

Visit https://www.dptv.org/programs/arts-culture/penny-stamps-series/

Do you have eyeshadow skills that some of us can only dream of? Or maybe you know how to rock blue lipstick. Whatever yo...
08/11/2020
Your Face Is a Canvas - Introducing the UMMA Makeup Challenge

Do you have eyeshadow skills that some of us can only dream of? Or maybe you know how to rock blue lipstick. Whatever your skill level, submit your best work to the #UMMAMakeupChallenge on Instagram! Details here:

UMMA and our Student Engagement Council is inviting you to create a makeup look inspired by pieces from the Museum’s collection. So find your perfect foundation, select an artwork below (or any from our collection) that speaks to your soul, and get to blending.

"He wants those on the inside to know that although fear, anger, depression, and desperation are normal in the abnormal ...
08/10/2020
Journey to Freedom — Formerly Imprisoned Michigan Artist Shares The Healing Power of Art - Medicine @ The Museum

"He wants those on the inside to know that although fear, anger, depression, and desperation are normal in the abnormal environment of prison, freedom is possible. Healing is possible. He is emphatic on this point."

New from Medicine @ the Museum:

Michigan artist, Martin Vargas, was imprisoned for 45 years for a crime he committed as a minor, with two other teenagers. The artwork he created while incarcerated and since his return home ranges from photorealistic images of people, places, and animals, to his own unique, signature creation of hu...

"Again, I am reminded how wrongful and premature death stalks Black people and how Black people are willing to risk thei...
07/30/2020
On The Impact Of Danny Lyon’s Photographs - By Austin McCoy

"Again, I am reminded how wrongful and premature death stalks Black people and how Black people are willing to risk their lives in an effort to change this reality."

U-M alum Dr. Austin McCoy (currently an assistant professor at Auburn University) reflects on the role of photography in protests:

This is a response to UMMA's collection of Danny Lyon's documentary photographs taken during the Civil Rights movement protests in the 1960s. UMMA’s May 29 edition of Art In Your Inbox included a photograph from the collection showing a protester being violently pulled from a peaceful crowd by law...

"As we reflect on the unequal burdens carried by healthcare heroes and activists of color, Dr. Jolly enjoins us to not o...
07/29/2020
Medicine @ The Museum: Dr. Jallicia Jolly on Black Women Healthcare Workers, COVID-19, and Inequality

"As we reflect on the unequal burdens carried by healthcare heroes and activists of color, Dr. Jolly enjoins us to not only remember the names and the lives of those who are laboring to care for the sick and dying or who have lost their lives to racist police violence but to adopt a 'plan of action' that 'intentionally addresses Black women’s holistic health concerns including their right to life, to give birth, to parent, not to parent, and to live, learn and work in sustainable communities.'"

As COVID numbers began rising once again in Michigan and across the country in recent weeks, we had the opportunity to sit down over Zoom and talk with reproductive justice practitioner, health equity expert, and postdoctoral fellow in American Studies and Black Studies at Amherst College, Dr. Jalli...

“When you go to write a character, you can do whatever you want with them . . . It’s thrilling to make your own action f...
07/27/2020
I need a (super)hero

“When you go to write a character, you can do whatever you want with them . . . It’s thrilling to make your own action figure, so to speak, and be able to add it to the toy box. I hope one day, other writers will pick up Amulet and give him adventures.”

https://michigantoday.umich.edu/2020/07/23/i-need-a-super-hero/

Just as our world devolves into a dystopia worthy of a comic-book series, award-winning author Saladin Ahmed, '99, sends two minority superheroes to the rescue.

“It needs to be a solid and continuous thing throughout all [of] Michigan. From the east side to the west side, from the...
07/20/2020
It Doesn't End Here: #BlackLivesMatter Calls For Cultural Change | University of Michigan Museum of Art

“It needs to be a solid and continuous thing throughout all [of] Michigan. From the east side to the west side, from the suburbs all the way up to the Upper Peninsula . . . There needs to be a solidarity of all of us changing our lifestyles so we can show that we are united and standing together and building that community. It doesn’t have to be in one city, but we just know that there’s a community and we all support each other."

New post from UMMA's student blog:

As the United States enters more than a month of anti-racist protests, the Black Lives Matter movement pushes on from the Netherlands to New Zealand. A global movement urging the U.S. government to fundamentally reconsider policing and the police’s relationship with Black communities following the...

Great results from our last Virtual Family Art Studio event! Thanks to @mariekak on Instagram.
07/16/2020

Great results from our last Virtual Family Art Studio event! Thanks to @mariekak on Instagram.

"I had this feeling walking through the show–that nostalgic feeling that you get from seeing all these pictures and real...
07/14/2020
Take Your Pick: Collecting Found Photographs | University of Michigan Museum of Art

"I had this feeling walking through the show–that nostalgic feeling that you get from seeing all these pictures and realizing that these are people who actually existed and they had their own stories and their own lives. On Snapchat, there’s this feature, it gives you flashbacks from the previous years of that same day, what you were recording. It’s this same feeling of seeing all these pictures from like sixty years ago today, seventy years ago today, and what people were doing back then."

Wise words from a student who interviewed Jennifer Friess, the curator of "Take Your Pick." Read the full interview and see more behind-the-scenes videos here:

Come help build our collection of “ordinary” American 20th-century photographs.

"Asian women are either you know, perceived as docile and obedient, or they’re seen as overly sexy, exotic, [as if] they...
07/13/2020
From our Student Blog -- Expanding the Narrative: Victoria Rinaldi Explores Race, Identity, and Art

"Asian women are either you know, perceived as docile and obedient, or they’re seen as overly sexy, exotic, [as if] they’re to fulfill all of your desires . . . So I paint myself just kind of sitting in my bedroom a lot or just kind of doing something super mundane."

Victoria Rinaldi is nearing her final year of undergraduate study at the Stamps School of Art & Design amidst global uncertainty. Like many students planning to return to campus, her semester will be filled with unknowns.

Cullen Washington, Jr.'s solo show "The Public Square" may have been cut short due to the pandemic, but now it lives onl...
07/09/2020
Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square | University of Michigan Museum of Art

Cullen Washington, Jr.'s solo show "The Public Square" may have been cut short due to the pandemic, but now it lives online! Check out photos, interviews, and more.

This expansive look at the work and concerns of emerging contemporary artist Cullen Washington, Jr. pivots around the artist’s most recent series, Agoras. The compositions explore the ancient Greek public space as a site for activated assembly and the heart of the artistic, spiritual, and politica...

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Hi everyone, my name is Malaika and I work for Campus Movie Fest, the world's largest student film festival! CMF is at the University of Michigan for the first time and it’s a great opportunity for students to make their own 5-minute short film in a week. We provide all the necessities -- from cameras, to laptops loaded with Adobe Creative Cloud, to 24/7 technical support -- all to help shape ideas into short films. The competition is open to all majors and the films can be about anything -- comedy, drama, music video, vlogs, even a promotional video for your organization! The best part is this experience is 100% free for all students. The Top 16 films will be showcased at the university and the Top 4 films move on to our national grand finale! The movie-making week begins September 18th but our team will be on campus all week so feel free to stop by and chat with us! For more information check out our Facebook event page. http://bit.ly/umcmf
October 23 - "Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice" Dr. David Pilgrim, the founder and current director of The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, will discuss the origins of this museum, its segregation era artifacts, and its mission to use these objects of intolerance to teach tolerance. 6:30 pm at the UM Museum of Art http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/event/using-racist-memorabilia-to-teach-tolerance-and-promote-social-justice/
University of Michigan Museum of Art was named a Most Astounding University Museum by EDsmart!
In UMMA Magazine, I loved reading about "Exercising the Eye: The Gertrude Kasle Collection." My mother worked for Gertrude in the 1960s-70s and, like Gertrude, was active with the DIA's Friends of Modern Art, led by Hawkins Ferry. I, too, worked for Gertrude on a high school summer break and had the pleasure of visiting her home and seeing her personal collection. I am fortunate to have some treasured paintings and prints in my home from the storied Gertrude Kasle Gallery. Thank you for showcasing her collection and her genius.
Thanks!
March 27 presentation - "What Do Curators Know?" Steven Lubar from Brown University will discuss the unique range of knowledge and insight possessed by curators in regards to understanding the histories and meanings of the objects with which they work. Despite changing roles, curatorial knowledge, organization, and research skills continue to foster a greater understanding of collections. 6:30 pm at Michigan League co-sponsored by UM Museum of Art http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/event/what-do-curators-know/
Lovely donation. Hope to see it soon. Shared on my FB.
March 27 presentation - "What Do Curators Know?" Steven Lubar from Brown University will discuss the unique range of knowledge and insight possessed by curators in regards to understanding the histories and meanings of the objects with which they work. Despite changing roles, curatorial knowledge, organization, and research skills continue to foster a greater understanding of collections. 6:30 pm at Michigan League co-sponsored by UM Museum of Art http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/event/what-do-curators-know/
Will you be closed on Jan 1?
highly recommended!