Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square

January 25 - May 17, 2020

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. Works from four earlier series by the artist form the perimeter of the Museum’s largest special exhibition space. The artist describes his work as “abstract meditations on the grid and humanity.”

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick, Candy and Michael Barasch, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Institute for the Humanities. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Department of History of Art, School of Education, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, School of Social Work, and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. 

Images

Cullen Washington, Jr., Agora 1, 2017, mixed media collage on canvas. Courtesy the artist. © Cullen Washington, Jr. Photography: Andrea Feldman

Cullen Washington, Jr., Agora 3, 2018, mixed media collage on canvas. Courtesy the artist. © Cullen Washington, Jr. Photography: Andrea Feldman

Cullen Washington, Jr., Agora 8, 2018, mixed media collage on canvas. Courtesy the artist. © Cullen Washington, Jr. Photography: Andrea Feldman

Cullen Washington, Jr., Agora 6, 2018, mixed media collage on canvas. Courtesy the artist. © Cullen Washington, Jr. Photography: Andrea Feldman

Cullen Washington, Jr., Agora 9, 2019, mixed media collage on canvas. Courtesy the artist. © Cullen Washington, Jr. Photography: Andrea Feldman

Cullen Washington, Jr., Aegina 8, 2019, etching ink on paper. Courtesy the artist. © Cullen Washington, Jr. Photography: Andrea Feldman

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatJan 25
Exhibition Opens
Thu
Jan 23
Artist Talk with Cullen Washington, Jr.: Abstract Meditations on the Grid and Humanity presented by the Penny Stamps Speaker Series
5:10pm6:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Student Events
Sat
Jan 25
A Conversation with Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Hope of Abstraction and the Possibilities of the Public Square
4:00pm5:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Sun
Jan 26
Cullen Washington Jr.: The Public Square
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Wed
Jan 29
-CANCELED-
Local Learning at Literati: The Art of Cullen Washington Jr. 
7:00pm8:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Sat
Feb 22
2020
Radio Campfire: Town Square -- stories that unfold in public places
7:00pm8:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Sat
Mar 7
2020
Family Art Studio: Community Creations
11:00am1:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Mar 7
2020
Family Art Studio: Community Creations
2:00pm4:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Tue
Mar 10
2020
Dance for Democracy!
9:00pm12:00am
Exhibitions Related / Special Events / Student Events
Sun
Mar 22
2020
Cullen Washington Jr.: The Public Square
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Wed
Apr 15
2020
This is What Democracy Looks Like? A collaboration with U-M’s WeListen
8:00pm9:30pm
Exhibitions Related / Student Events
Sun
Apr 26
2020
Cullen Washington Jr.: The Public Square
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
May 17
2020
Cullen Washington Jr.: The Public Square
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
SunMay 17
Exhibition Closes