The Galleries: 1st Floor

Richard and Rosann Noel Gallery

From the medieval period through the exuberance of the Baroque, the splendors of European art are on display in this first floor gallery in Alumni Memorial Hall. Several pieces, such as the Madonna and Child with St. Thomas Aquinas and a Bishop Saint, by an unknown Umbrian artist around 1475, have long held an important place in UMMA’s teaching mission—and in the affection of visitors. The massively scaled Esther before Ahasuerus is shown with rare preparatory drawings for the painting, offering a glimpse into the creative process of Italian artist Guercino. Elsewhere in the gallery, rarely seen works of decorative art and long-term loans invite visitors to new discoveries.

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Marvin H. and Mary M. Davidson Gallery

The elegant proportions and architectural detail of Alumni Memorial Hall’s restored galleries provide an elegant backdrop for works including Rembrandt’s arresting self-portrait Rembrandt in Velvet Cap and Plume, drawn by the artist in 1638. A recent acquisition anchors the gallery: the massive and moving painting The Dead Soldier by English artist Joseph Wright of Derby. Nearby, an exploration of the decorative arts in the 18th century keeps company with probing portraits from England, the Continent, and North America.

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Museum Apse

This gallery focuses on “grand manner” European and American art from 1830 to 1915. Heroically scaled portraits by the Englishman John Hoppner and by French painter François Gérard face each other across the Apse, representing two generations in the emergence of Romanticism. Two nearby sculptures—Nydia, by Ann Arbor native and master sculptor Randolph Rogers and Flora by James Wyatt—speak to the Apse’s original character as a statuary hall.

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Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery

The Museum's glass-walled temporary exhibition space devoted to cutting-edge contemporary installation art.

Since 2011 UMMA's Media Gallery has exhibited works that share the captivating work being created by artists who work with video, film, and digital technologies. As show above during the Ferhat Özgür: Metamorphosis Chat, the space can also be configured for works that incorporate or enhance the visitor experience. 

The Connector

A public space connecting the Alumni Memorial Hall and the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing, featuring a rotating selction of recent acquisitions to the Museum's collection.

Viewable from any level of the new Frankel Wing is perhaps the most architecturally dramatic space in the expanded Museum—the triple-height Vertical Gallery, the heart of the Frankel Wing. It facilitates “visual wayfinding,” through dynamic views of surrounding galleries on three levels, and provides glimpses in three directions toward the arts of Asia and Africa, and modern and contemporary art. The inaugural installation of the Vertical Gallery features monumental paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn, Hughie O’Donoghue, and Donald Sultan—rarely seen in the past due to their scale—and ushers the way to the adjoining social and educational spaces.

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