For Students

Joseph Rosa, Director

From the Director

Each exhibition season we strive to bring you, our visitors and supporters, a diversity of media, cultures, traditions, makers, and perspectives. This season is particularly gratifying in that regard, with artists and artwork from around the globe reflecting the most advanced thinking and practice taking place now and in the past.

This season's headliner exhibition, El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, comes to us from the Museum for African Art in New York and profiles the fascinating oeuvre of west African artist El Anatsui (born 1944). This major survey of Anatsui's work is as gorgeous as it is provocative and is accompanied by a comprehensive scholarly catalogue. Don't miss the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series talk with El Anatsui and the University of Toronto's Betsy Harney at the Michigan Theater on February 7.

The Museum's UM Collections Collaborations series continues with Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures: The Walter Koelz Collection, Museum of Anthropology. This very special exhibition celebrates the stunning images and objects collected by UM zoologist Walter Norman Koelz. Please refer to our program pages in this issue and our website for the rich array of public programming organized in conjunction with this truly inspiring exhibition.

Florencia Pita is an emerging architect/designer whose lexicon of work I have been following for some time. Born in Argentina, Pita and her studio, FP mod, are now based in Los Angeles. At this midpoint in her career it seemed fitting to devote a one-person exhibition to her rigorous, wide-ranging, and life-affirming talent and vision. I am also very pleased that we were able to produce a publication as part of our UMMA Books series that elaborates further on the full spectrum of Pita's highly choreographed work.

Kathleen Forde, this year's guest curator of the Museum's New Media Gallery, has brought the second of three hugely important international artists to UMMA—Francis Alÿs—whose compelling 2004–05 video Guards recently opened with much anticipation. Born in 1959 in Antwerp, Alÿs lives and works in Mexico City and is considered one of the leading artists of his generation.

Make a plan with friends or family to visit your Museum of Art this winter!
I hope to see you soon.

Warmest regards,

Joseph Rosa