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Adolph Gottlibe Explores Space, Color, and Form in Three Dimensions

One of the founding members of the Abstract Expressionists, Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974) was an important presence in the artistic life of New York from the 1930s until his death. Artists in the United States working between the two World Wars found a striking variety of abstract approaches by both American painters as well as European artists whose work could be seen in the Museum of Modern Art and in a few commercial galleries in New York. This rich fermentation underpins the emergence of the New York School of painting in which artists created works that combine abstraction work had evolved into his enigmatic Pictographs, paintings that employ a visual language of symbols that are at once a personal construct and an evocation of an ancient and universal language of symbols. >>


New Acquisition: Gregory Holm

During the recent economic downturn, Detroit acquired the reputation as having perhaps the worst rate of home foreclosures of any city in the nation. Officials estimated that one third of Detroit’s houses, roughly 80,000, were abandoned. What to do with so many empty homes, considered a symptom of urban blight? Two artists with firsthand experience with this dilemma came together in early 2010 to address the situation, photographer Gregory Holm and architect Matthew Radune. Holm has long been active in his native Detroit while Radune had been evicted in 2007 from his New York apartment with only five hours’ notice. >>



UMMA inaugurates new design gallery

Even if you know UMMA's collection well, you may be surprised to learn that the Museum has assembled a choice group of domestic design objects thanks to two recent, generous gifts. Consisting primarily of works of iconic twentieth-century furniture design, these pieces will go on view this summer in the first installation of UMMA's new dedicated design gallery, the A. Alfred Taubman Gallery II, located on the second floor of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing. >>







UMMA among first university art museums to join Google Art Project; aim to improve access to art, cultural literacy

The potential impact might not be so farfetched: In a matter of several years, Google Art Project could have the type of effect on the international art museum world and cultural literacy comparable to what “googling” has meant for Internet searchers – a greater access to information and broader understanding of the connection among cultures.>>


New Acquisition: Caspar Netscher

In 2011, the Museum of Art received the gift of an important panel painting by the Dutch painter Caspar Netscher (born Germany, 1639? 1684). This very fine work is an important addition to UMMA's holdings in Dutch painting and represents a genre not already present in the collections-the subject of music making in a domestic interior. Beginning around 1650, scenes of low-life pastimes, such as drinking and dancing in taverns, were replaced by more affluent and refined interior scenes; Netscher's The Music Lesson reflects that transition. >>




University of Michigan Museum of Art Working With Area Filmmakers to Create Short Movies About Works of Art in the Museum's Collection

In October, UMMA sent out a call for participation to all filmmakers, artists, writers, photographers, storytellers and arts enthusiasts interested in making a movie with the Museum. UMMA invited 12-16 individuals to create 2-3 minute videos in response to works of art in our collection to be made available to the public next spring in our galleries and on the DialogTable, UMMA's award-winning interactive storytelling and social learning tool. >>




Paths to Renewal: Teaching, Leading and Healing through the Arts

This year the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary. Director Holly Rider-Milkovich approached UMMA to collaborate in bringing to life the messages of teaching, leading, and healing at the core of SAPAC's mission. The result will be a small online exhibition of works in UMMA's collection-selected by UMMA's student docents- that invites reflection on and conversation about these themes.>>



In Focus: New Albers Acquisition

To open eyes: this was the stated goal of Josef Albers in his teaching and his art. His particular interest was opening our eyes to the interactions of color. In art he produced from the 1930s through the 1970s, Albers used specific constellations of forms-nested squares or, as here, an array of rectangles- executed in an infinite combination of colors to demonstrate how colors advance, recede, and bend when juxtaposed in different ways. >>

Maxine Frankel and Joseph Rosa: A Conversation

A conversation between UMMA Director Joe Rosa and philanthropist, collector, and UMMA lead benefactor Maxine Frankel on the occasion of the Museum's special exhibition Mark di Suvero: Tabletops, on view through February 26, 2012, which features works from the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art. >>

Meet Me at UMMA

One afternoon early this winter, visitors at UMMA could hear a tour group softly singing, their voices trailing from the balcony near the Joan and Bob Tisch Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. Led by UMMA docents in front of Sol Le Witt's series of aquatints, Stars, the activity was one of the unique approaches that docents have developed to engage Museum visitors who are living with dementia. >>






Student Docents

Come to UMMA on a Friday afternoon and you may find a UM student leading a tour in the galleries. This is not a student working on a class project, but a member of UMMA's volunteer Student Docent Program. In addition to leading "Lunchtime Tours" and "Storytime at the Museum" events for children on the weekends, student docents have the opportunity to deeply engage with the art and the Museum in a variety of ways. >>

In Focus: UMMA’s Tiffany collection

With UMMA’s expanded ability to showcase its until now largely hidden array of Tiffany objects, Ann Arbor has become one of three must-see sights-in addition to the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Morse Museum in Florida-on any Tiffany pilgrimage.

As a worldwide brand, Tiffany conjures images of luxury, status, and quality. Tiffany & Co. was founded in New York in 1837 by Charles Tiffany, as a purveyor of stationary, jewelry, and other “fancy goods.” His son, Louis Comfort Tiffany, embarked on a career as an artist at age 18, and though he began as a painter, Tiffany turned to the decorative arts at the suggestion of a silver designer at Tiffany & Co. It’s been said that Tiffany’s glasswork reflects his early expressive watercolors. >>

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