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Past Exhibitions: 2009

UMMA Projects: Lisa Anne Auerbach

July 11 through October 11, 2009

Often combining wry humor with a biting critique of the complacency and routine of modern life, Lisa Anne Auerbach’s subversive brand of post-punk, DIY aesthetics mixes art and politics in a manner both highly personal and thoroughly embedded in contemporary culture. Recent projects have addressed topics ranging from the current Iraq war to the politics of bicycling in a city of freeways. In her slogan-adorned sweater sets, each outfit becomes a wearable canvas, literally weaving together the personal and the political, the aesthetic and the everyday. Auerbach’s installation at UMMA will transform the Museum’s most highly visible space—the Irving Stenn Jr. Family Project Gallery—into a showcase for her politically charged, socially engaged knitwear. Appropriating strategies of presentation and display from the high-end clothing market, this unconventional installation will encourage viewers to ask questions about how we experience different types of cultural spaces, how we perceive the relationship between one type of luxury good (fashion) and another (art), and how both political and aesthetic discourses are framed in contemporary society.

This project is made possible in part by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund and UMMA’s New Visions Venture Fund.





Lisa Anne Auerbach in conversation with Kellen Braddock, UMMA Student Program and Advisory Board member




Installation view

Installation view, UMMA Projects: Lisa Anne Auerbach, University of Michigan Museum of Art, July 11 – October 11, 2009



Installation view

Installation view, UMMA Projects: Lisa Anne Auerbach, University of Michigan Museum of Art, July 11 – October 11, 2009



Installation view

Installation view, UMMA Projects: Lisa Anne Auerbach, University of Michigan Museum of Art, July 11 – October 11, 2009



Bikes To Go, Miami, Florida (Along the Dixie Highway Series)

Bikes To Go, Miami, Florida (Along the Dixie Highway Series)
2007
C-print
30 x 40 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL



Know Your Future, Los Angeles, CA (Small Business Series)

Know Your Future, Los Angeles, CA (Small Business Series)
2003
C-print
30 x 40 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL



When There’s Nothing Left To Burn

When There’s Nothing Left To Burn
2009
merino wool
size medium
Courtesy of the artist and Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL; Image: Sharon Lockhart



I used to be Part of the Solution...

I used to be Part of the Solution...
2009
merino wool
size medium
Courtesy of the artist and Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL



If Nothing Changes, It Changes Nothing

If Nothing Changes, It Changes Nothing
2007
merino wool
size medium
Courtesy of the artist and Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL