For Students

Joseph Rosa, Director

From the Director

Though the fall signals the last third of the calendar year, around here we know it as the beginning of an exciting new academic term, and as such, a particularly busy season. As we welcome new students to campus and to the lively arts offerings at UMMA, we also reach out to faculty and educators, sharing our exhibition schedule in order for them to include, whenever possible, the Museum's offerings, collections, and programs in their curricula for the year.

As I mentioned in my last correspondence, this fall also inaugurates a new look-and-feel and publication schedule for the Museum's membership magazine now in your hand. You may observe some changes to the content as well, for instance expanded coverage of new exhibitions and programs, event highlights, more frequent interview features, and a focus on UMMA's collections and teaching and learning mission. You will also notice that the UMMA Calendar, with a comprehensive listing of all UMMA events, has been decoupled from the UMMA Magazine; it will arrive separately in your mail in early September. And of course don't forget our website, which is a fantastic resource for complete information on everything UMMA.

If you haven't had the chance to take in our major summer/fall exhibition Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints, you still have time; it remains on view in the A. Alfred Taubman Galleries through October 23. An excerpt from guest curator Xiaobing Tang's fascinating introductory essay in the accompanying scholarly catalogue is included in this issue to whet your appetite. In addition, a wonderful series of conversations with several artists in the exhibition has been planned—look for details inside.

Opening in early October is Mark di Suvero: Tabletops, organized by UMMA and on view exclusively here. I'm thrilled that we are able to present this rarely seen work, and my heartfelt gratitude goes to private collectors for generously lending many works and to the artist and his studio for their cooperation and enthusiasm for the project. With two of Mark's pieces so prominently displayed on the Museum's grounds, it was high time to explore his work in greater depth. This is just one of three exhilarating new shows on view in our galleries this fall—the other two: a provocative video work by LA artist and UM alum Mike Kelley in UMMA's new New Media Gallery; and Face of Our Time: Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, Richard Misrach, an exhibition of documentary photography organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

There is so much to explore and experience at UMMA and at this astonishing world-renowned university. Wishing you a stimulating and beautiful fall wherever this reaches you.

Warmest regards,

Joseph Rosa