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UMMA Exhibitions Programming

The Eye of the Beholder: European Drawings and Prints from the Pulgram-McSparran Collection programs

Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experiments in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan, 1950-1970

International Symposium and Performance: Saying Yes to Say No: Art and Culture in Sixties Japan

In conjunction with the exhibition Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art, UMMA will present a two-day international symposium and performance considering experimental art of 1960s Japan in a broader cultural and geographical context. The symposium begins with a keynote lecture delivered by Reiko Tomii, an independent scholar and leading authority on postwar Japanese art, followed by a special performance by Ei Arakawa, a New York-based artist (renowned for his inter-subjective group performances), who will reinterpret the legacy of the Japanese avant-garde.

The second day of the symposium features papers presented by an international host of speakers, including Hiroko Ikegami (Osaka University, Japan), Ryan Holmberg (University of Southern California), Jonathan Hall (Pomona College and Meiji Gakuin University), and Midori Yoshimoto (New Jersey City University). Generously funded by the Center for Japanese Studies and the Department of History of Art, this event is co-organized with the University of Michigan Museum of Art and Department of History of Art, in association with PoNJA-GenKon, a listserv group dedicated to contemporary Japanese art (

Keynote lecture with Reiko Tomii
Friday, April 2, 5 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Performance by Ei Arakawa
Friday, April 2, 6:30 pm

Saturday, April 3, 9:30 am–5 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

All events are free and open to the public.

An Economy of Means: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection programs

These programs are offered in conjunction with the exhibition, An Economy of Means, which is drawn from the Vogels’ recent gift of fifty works to the Museum of Art, donated as part of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a national initiative to place fifty works from the collection in a selected art institution in each of the fifty states.

Film Screening
Herb and Dorothy

All screenings are held in the Helmut Stern Auditorium and begin on Sundays at 3 pm and on Fridays at 9:30 pm.

Friday, April 2, 9:30 pm
Sunday, April 4, 3 pm
Friday, April 9, 9:30 pm
Sunday, April 11, 3 pm
Friday, April 16, 9:30 pm
Sunday, April 18, 3 pm
Friday, April 23, 9:30 pm
Sunday, April 25, 3 pm
Friday, April 30, 9:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

*special weeknight screening presented by UMMA’s Student Programming and Advisory Board

Herb and Dorothy tells the extraordinary story of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, who managed to build an extremely important contemporary art collections with very modest means. They collected artworks guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Most of those they supported and befriended in this process went on to become world-renowned artists including Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, and Chuck Close.

Music for One
Wednesday, April 21, 8 pm
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery II

DMA cellist Paul Dwyer, winner of the 2009 concerto competition, presents a concert of solo works exploring the breadth of musical statements possible with the most minimal resources. He is joined by fellow instrumentalists for this intimate yet wide-ranging evening.

Gallery Talk
An Economy of Means: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection
Saturday, April 17, 2 pm
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection is notable both for the character of the objects and for the individuals who created. Using one of their incomes to cover the expenses of daily life and the other to acquire art, they amassed a fascinating collection of Minimalist, Conceptual, and Post-Minimalist works. Christina Chang, UM doctoral candidate, will introduce the exhibition.

UMMA Projects: Cory Arcangel

Curator Talk
UMMA Projects: Cory Arcangel
Sunday, April 11, 2 pm
Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Project Gallery

Explore the work of digital media”artist Cory Arcangel with UMMA Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Jacob Proctor. Arcangel has gained widespread recognition for his reworking of obsolete video game systems, but his practice has grown to encompass imagery and sound drawn from across popular culture. This is Arcangel’s first solo exhibition in a North American museum.

UMMA Projects: Oliver van den Berg
Artist Talk
Saturday, April 24, 3–5 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Berlin-based sculptor Oliver van den Berg will discuss his work—carved wooden replicas of technical equipment such as cameras, microphones, and projectors—and his low-tech take on high-tech contemporary society. Join Oliver and UMMA’s Jacob Proctor for this engaging conversation.

This project is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Office of the President and UMMA's New Visions Venture Fund including the Dr. Robert and Janet Miller Fund.