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Jan 26

Cullen Washington Jr.: The Public Square

This expansive look at the work and concerns of emerging contemporary artist Cullen Washington, Jr. pivots around the artist’s most recent series, Agoras. The compositions explore the ancient Greek public space as a site for activated assembly and the heart of the artistic, spiritual, and political life of the city. UMMA’s installation is designed with an actual public square at its center, complete with sound components featuring noted political and aesthetic discourse and surrounded by Washington’s soaring monumental collages. The artist describes his work as “a meditation on the practice of painting and a resistance to historical and contemporary readings of the black body.” Join a museum docent in an exploration of this exciting temporary exhibition. 

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, and the Institute for the Humanities. Additional generous support is provided by the Department of History of Art.