For Students

Joseph Rosa, Director

From the Director

I read with interest the news earlier this year that two major art museums in this country will be sharing curatorial expertise. This kind of scholarly cooperation and collaboration will only increase in the future and for good reason. We at UMMA have embarked on engaging several guest curators over the next several years to bring the most innovative, cutting-edge, and informed curatorial voices to the University of Michigan. You may have noticed the names of some of these scholars of contemporary art and culture already on our gallery walls and as authors of essays in our new series of gallery brochures titled UMMA Papers. Look for more as we seek to include a diverse range of curatorial voices throughout our galleries, from special exhibitions to new acquisitions and collections research.

Beginning this June the A. Alfred Taubman Gallery will vibrate with abstraction, thanks to two exciting exhibitions—Judith Turner: The Flatness of Ambiguity and Flip Your Field: Abstract Art from the Collection. While Turner’s lexicon of abstraction focuses on black and white architectural photography, the works on paper in the inaugural exhibition in UMMA’s new Flip Your Field series, guest curated by UM Dutch art historian Celeste Brusati, resonate with color and a variety of printmaking techniques.

Also on view this season are two exhibitions brought to life by Associate Curator of Asian Art Natsu Oyobe: Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, a video artist collaborative out of Seoul, South Korea; and the second installment of our two-part showcase of recent acquisitions, this one presenting Asian, European, and American additions to the collections in a wide array of media. And be sure to visit the latest work in our New Media Gallery—video art pioneer Peter Campus’s Kiva.

Finally, please turn to the story later in this issue outlining many of the wonderful initiatives made possible by UMMA’s $650,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant. The impact of this major grant—which represents an incredible opportunity to increase our engagement with faculty, students, and other units on campus and to transform the traditional notion, purpose, and function of a university art museum—is already being felt across UMMA.

Happy spring!

Warmest regards,

Joseph Rosa