UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art

UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art Closed until further notice: https://umma.umich.edu/covid-19-response 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.

The CDC has said one of the best ways to lower your risk of coronavirus infection is to wash your hands frequently and t...
05/11/2020
Medicine At The Museum: Explore the Tragic Life and Death of an Early Pioneer of Hand Washing

The CDC has said one of the best ways to lower your risk of coronavirus infection is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Learn more about the tragic life and death of an early pioneer of hand washing:

The CDC has said one of the best ways to lower your risk of coronavirus infection is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds, or as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice).

While UMMA is closed to the public, you can still engage with the Museum, our collections, our educators, and our progra...
04/30/2020
UMMA At Home - Resources and Activities to Keep Art In Your Life During Social Distancing

While UMMA is closed to the public, you can still engage with the Museum, our collections, our educators, and our programs from your home. You can find homeschool lesson plans, virtual tours, coloring pages, short films, and more!

While UMMA is closed to the public, explore the many ways you can engage with the Museum, our collections, our experts, and our programs from your home. Check back often for new and updated activities and resources.

Over the past several weeks the staff of Michigan Medicine have been working on the frontlines around the clock to make ...
04/28/2020
U-M Museum of Art Staff and Families Thank Michigan Medicine with Handmade Art

Over the past several weeks the staff of Michigan Medicine have been working on the frontlines around the clock to make families in our community safer. Thank you!
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Over the past several weeks the staff of Michigan Medicine have been working on the frontlines around the clock to make families in our community safer.

You’re scrolling YouTube late at night. What video do you watch?A. A TED Talk from your favorite authorB. "Making the Pe...
04/23/2020
Answer a Few Very Scientific Questions And We’ll Show You an Art Collection You’re Guaranteed To Love

You’re scrolling YouTube late at night. What video do you watch?

A. A TED Talk from your favorite author
B. "Making the Perfect Chicken Alfredo - ASMR Edition"
C. A music video you made with your friends like 10 years ago
D. A 6-hour handheld video of someone's hike along the Appalachian Trail
E. "This Kitten's Best Friend is a Hedgehog"

Answer this ~very scientific~ question and more, and we'll show you the perfect UMMA art for your personality!

Being stuck at home (or busy being an essential worker) is tough--how are you coping? This is a stressful time for everyone, but viewing art is a great way to reduce anxiety. A researcher at the University of Westminster found that people who stopped by an art gallery for a brief lunchtime visit rep...

Calling all young writers! This spring, while in-person gatherings are on hold (and while Dr Blotch is socially isolated...
04/21/2020
UMMA Needs Your Help To Satisfy The Nefarious Dr. Blotch

Calling all young writers! This spring, while in-person gatherings are on hold (and while Dr Blotch is socially isolated in their Antarctica mansion with nothing to read!), UMMA has partnered with 826michigan to bring you a special art-focused Dr Blotch Writing Challenge. Can you rise to the challenge and wow a famously hard-to-please editor?

Dr. Blotch, a mysterious and curmudgeonly character from non-profit writing and tutoring center 826michigan, is a staple at the organization’s field trips for grades K-5.

Need some stress relief? UMMA's Student Engagement Council has put together a great kit of resources--art project tutori...
04/20/2020
Study Days: Online Resources From Michigan Students to Keep Your Mind Active

Need some stress relief? UMMA's Student Engagement Council has put together a great kit of resources--art project tutorials, Spotify playlists, downloadable coloring pages, and more!

https://umma.umich.edu/study_days_spring20

From Emily Considine — This project follows multicultural traditions of using plant matter as a medium for art making. Participants will use collected plant matter (leaves, grass, flowers, weeds) from around their homes or neighborhoods to form patterns and images on paper. These will be glued dow...

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04/20/2020
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What I would give for a slow midday stroll inside UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art right now.
But, this will do.

04/18/2020
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University of Michigan

UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art has been recognized as one of the top university art museums in the country. Although its doors are currently closed, you can still explore their incredible collections virtually at exchange.umma.umich.edu #UMichArts

🎥🍿 Get your popcorn ready--UMMA has over an hour's worth of short films inspired by pieces in our collection, all free t...
04/15/2020
Rediscover the Many Voices Project: Over an Hour of Powerful, Visual Responses to UMMA’s Collection

🎥🍿 Get your popcorn ready--UMMA has over an hour's worth of short films inspired by pieces in our collection, all free to stream. Rediscover the Many Voices project here:

Several years ago, UMMA sent out a call to filmmakers, artists, writers, photographers, storytellers, and arts enthusiasts to create 2-3 minute videos in response to works of art in the Museum’s collection. Seventeen participants were ultimately selected, including high school and undergraduate st...

Get a good stretch in while enjoying some of our outdoor sculptures 🧘
04/14/2020
Art + Yoga: The At Home Workout Only An Art Museum Could Bring You

Get a good stretch in while enjoying some of our outdoor sculptures 🧘

While stay at home orders are in effect for many U.S. states (through April 30 in Michigan at the time of this posting), one of the few reasons people are allowed to leave their homes during the global pandemic are outdoor activities and exercise.

In collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, we've put together a series of musica...
04/09/2020
Sight & Sound: A New Way to Experience UMMA's 'Collection Ensemble' | University of Michigan Museum of Art

In collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, we've put together a series of musical slideshows for our Collection Ensemble exhibition. Find them here: https://umma.umich.edu/musiclabels

The next evolution of Collection Ensemble in UMMA’s historic Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch Apse is taking shape virtually this spring with the introduction of Musical Labels — a project in collaboration with students at the U-M School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

In these stressful last few weeks, we at UMMA have found comfort in sending images of works from the Museum’s collection...
03/31/2020
‘Art In Your Inbox’ Delivers the U-M Museum of Art Collection to Your Desk (or Pocket)

In these stressful last few weeks, we at UMMA have found comfort in sending images of works from the Museum’s collection back and forth to each other.

Now, we want to share them with the wider community.

Sign up for our "Art in Your Inbox" emails to receive art, mindfulness prompts, and art project ideas once or twice a week.

Whether it's providing perspective or prompting moments of peace and reflection, art has an incredible way of helping us understand our experiences. Click to see a sample Art In Your Inbox email.

UPDATE: The headline of this post is outdated. As of March 16, 2020, UMMA is closed to the public until further notice.
03/12/2020
UMMA Is Open — All Events and Programs Canceled Through April 21

UPDATE: The headline of this post is outdated. As of March 16, 2020, UMMA is closed to the public until further notice.

UMMA Galleries, Shop, and Cafe are open. All programs, events, and tours through 4/21/20 have been canceled. Following guidance from University administrators and public health officials, UMMA has decided to cancel all events through April 21, 2020 — this includes all events hosted at UMMA by thir...

Our celebration of black art and artists certainly doesn’t stop with the end of black history month.
02/28/2020
Black History Month: The Celebration of History and Accomplishments of Black Americans and Artists On View Now at UMMA

Our celebration of black art and artists certainly doesn’t stop with the end of black history month.

February is Black History Month, the celebration of the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans. Highly accomplished editor, author, and historian, Dr. Carter G. Woodson started the celebration in 1926 as a way to encourage all Black Americans to know and be proud of their heritage, a...

Election year is here--and UMMA's going to help you get through it.
02/04/2020
U-M Museum of Art Has An Important Message for You This Year - Voting Is Sexy

Election year is here--and UMMA's going to help you get through it.

More than 41 percent of the University of Michigan student population voted in the 2018 midterm elections in the United States — a huge increase from 14.3 percent who voted in the 2014 midterms — in part thanks to a Vote!2018 initiative from UMMA, the Ginsberg Center, and other campus organizati...

Look, we made a meme about our book club.
01/13/2020
Decolonize Your Bookshelf and Join us in 2020 for UMMA Book Club: Stories from the North

Look, we made a meme about our book club.

What does it mean to “decolonize your bookshelf”? An article from Bookstr.com defines this practice, in part, as “actively seeking out and reading works by authors whose work has been disadvantaged by colonialism. There is an incredible wealth of literature out there that has not made it into ...

"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

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12/04/2019

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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!