Collection Ensemble

April 2, 2019  ongoing


Collection Ensemble presents the first major reinstallation of UMMA's iconic entry space in over a decade. It exchanges Alumni Memorial Hall's previous focus on European and American painting for a broad mix of American, European, African, and Asian art from across media sampling the Museum's remarkable, disparate holdings. The installation is organized into thematic and formal vignettes that respond to the concepts and ideas resonating from an extraordinary large-scale photograph of a vacant cathedral by contemporary German artist Candida Höfer. Featuring works of art by forty-one famous and not-so-famous artists, many of them artists of color and women—including Charles Alston, Khaled al-Saa'i, Norio Azuma, Christo, Theaster Gates, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Dinh Q. Lê, Kara Walker, and others, Collection Ensemble reimagines the collection not as a fixed entity with one set of meanings to be unearthed, but instead as an active, creative, sometimes startling source of material and ideas, open for debate and interpretation.


Al Loving, Untitled Cube, 1969. Acrylic on canvas. Museum Purchase, 1969/2.25. Courtesy the Estate of Al Loving and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Khaled Al-Saa'i, Resurrection (triptych), 2002. Natural ink, tempera and gouache on paper. Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund, 2003/1.367A-C. © Khaled Al-Saa’i

Clarence John Laughlin, The Enigma, 1941–1973. Gelatin silver print on paper. Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund, 1999/1.101. Courtesy The Clarence John Laughlin Archive and The Historic New Orleans Collection

Frederick H. Evans, Ely Cathedral, A Grotesque, 1897. Halftone print on paper. Gift of Margaret and Howard Bond, 1998/1.145

Bernard Picart, Night Scene from Bicolas Boileau-Despréaux's "The Lecturn" [Le Lutrin], Illustration for the 3rd Canto. Etching and engraving on laid paper. Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nestra R. Spink, 2013/2.566

Christo, Wrapped Roses, 1968. Three plastic roses, polyethylene, twine, and staples. Edition of 100 copies, handmade by Christo. Published by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. J. Robert Willson, 1974/2.28. © Christo

Terry Winters, Location Plan, 2000. Screenprint of Clearprint fade-out cotton, vellum graph paper. Gift of J. Richard Pinnell and Robert J. Scanlan, 2011/1.83. © Terry Winters, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Randolph Rogers, Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii, 1861. Carrara marble. Gift of Roger Art Association, 1862.1

Kara Walker, Untitled, 2014. Print on porcelain. Museum purchase, 2014/2.2. © Kara Walker

Takuro Kuwata, Platinum Kairagi Shino Bowl, 2011. Porcelain, platinum slip and paint. Museum purchase, 2012/2.7. Courtesy the artist and SALON 94 © 2019 Takuro Kuwata


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