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Engaging the LSA Winter '13 Theme Semester

"Understanding Race," through Visual Culture

UMMA's "Understanding Race" teaching materials engage UM instructors and students with this semester's theme via visual culture. Teaching materials include eleven essays that address twenty-two works of art—paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and ceramics. Artists include Romare Bearden, Diego Rivera, Maria Martinez, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol and others. Instructors may access the images and essays online and/or schedule class meetings in the museum to view the art. These curriculum materials illuminate the complexity of conceptions and representations of race within several cultures. Themes and artistic strategies include presentation of self; the history of slavery in the U.S.; the interconnected roles of gender, sexuality and race; and the ironic and humorous recasting of icons of western art to put into question the dominant historical paradigm.

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The "Understanding Race" UMMA Teaching and Learning materials were created by Summer 2012 UM Arts of Citizenship Fellow and History/Women's Studies Ph.D student Ángela Pérez-Villa, working with UMMA Curator for Museum Teaching and Learning Pamela Reister. UMMA Teaching and Learning programs for University teaching are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.