For Students

Joseph Rosa, Director

From the Director

The new year presents multiple new opportunities to engage with and enjoy UMMA’s incredible range of special exhibitions and outstanding collections. If there’s a single word that describes our offerings in 2012, it is diverse. Our continuing and upcoming exhibitions highlight UMMA’s holdings in exciting new ways and bring important global contemporary visual art to Ann Arbor.

Two new exhibitions energize this winter season. Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life showcases the 1960s Fluxus art movement, which challenged the notion of high art by creating unassuming, often humorous objects and performances. A work by Haroon Mirza will investigate our relationship to sound by revealing how digital sounds are produced, and in the process creating sculpture from objects used to make sounds, and from other scavenged materials. And opening January 7, Robert Wilson’s Video 50 will take up residence in the New Media Gallery. Guest curator Ruth Keffer describes this theatrical video as “full of startling wit and poetry.” Wilson will visit campus January 20–22 for a related UMS performance of his renowned opera Einstein on the Beach, created with minimalist composer Philip Glass.

Our current major photography exhibition, Face of Our Time: Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, Richard Misrach, continues through February 5. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, I hope you will. Capturing images of the modern world—from hardships of life in the Arctic to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina—the documentary-style work by these five photographers provokes questions and elicits responses from viewers. The exhibition also inspired the Museum’s Student Programming and Advisory Council to hold a student photography contest, described opposite.

Finally, please don’t miss Recent Acquisitions: Curator’s Choice, Part I. The newest additions to our collection, most of which are generous gifts from Museum friends, have their own place in the spotlight in this exhibition, which includes images by artists as wide ranging as Annie Leibovitz, Edward Steichen, and Rembrandt van Rijn. In March the second part of this exhibition opens, with a focus on works from our heralded Asian collections, including prints by twentieth-century artist Saitô Kiyoshi.

As we busy ourselves with this exciting slate of winter exhibitions, we’ll also continue to host arts-related events such as our monthly jazz series and hands-on art workshops. We welcomed the community to explore our fall exhibitions in November at our inaugural UMMA After Hours event, which featured talks with curators, music, and light refreshments. Join us again on April 12, 2012 for the next UMMA After Hours event as we open our doors for this artful and social evening.

Wishing you a very happy, creative, and bountiful new year.

Warmest regards,
Joseph Rosa