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Museum of Art Groundbreaking—September 14, 2006

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In a festive public program in front of the Museum of Art’s historic home Alumni Memorial Hall, ground was broken on the dramatic expansion and restoration project that will transform the facility and nearly double its size. UM President Mary Sue Coleman shared her longstanding enthusiasm for the Museum project with campus and community supporters who were gathered for the occasion, and its lead donors were recognized by UMMA Director James Steward. Featured performances, inspired by the outstanding range of UMMA’s collections, included a UM Korean drumming corps, an Indian dance in the classical Odissi style, and an African libation ceremony, all signifying renewal and rebirth and the cross-cultural links between art and life.

The centerpiece of the $41.9 million project, slated to reopen in early 2009, will be The Maxine and Stuart Frankel and The Frankel Family Wing, a light-filled expanse of galleries and public spaces that will open onto State Street and the Diag, the main pedestrian thoroughfare through the heart of the UM campus, reaching out to campus and the community. The glass and limestone addition will also offer visual access to the Museum’s interior spaces and offer intriguing glimpses of what’s on view. In what was perhaps the highlight of the program, Maxine Frankel spoke movingly of her personal journey of passionate art appreciation, shared with husband Stuart Frankel, and why they were moved to support the vision of a world-class home for the visual arts at the heart of the University of Michigan campus, where they spent their college years.

Maxine Frankel - UMMA Groundbreaking Speech (pdf) >>