The Connoisseurs' Legacy: The Collection of Nesta and Walter Spink

June 18 - September 25, 2016

The Connoisseurs’ Legacy: The Collection of Nesta and Walter Spink celebrates gifts to the museum from two accomplished scholars with eclectic interests, a keen appreciation of form, and a love of learning from objects. Nesta Spink, curator at UMMA from 1967 to 1979, is regarded as the preeminent authority on the lithographs of James McNeill Whistler. U-M professor emeritus Walter Spink is a world-renowned specialist on early Buddhist art and architecture in India. This selection of their gifts, exhibited together for the first time, provides insight into the minds of two connoisseurs with tastes that range far beyond their areas of specialization; highlights include exquisite Whistler prints that are rarely on display and a rich representation of South Asian folk art. The Connoisseurs’ Legacy also honors the Spinks’ long relationship with the museum, their roles as teachers of future scholars and curators, and their commitment to public education.

Lead support for the exhibition The Connoisseurs’ Legacy: The Collection of Nesta and Walter Spink is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Center for South Asian Studies.

Images

Female figure, India, mid-20th century, terracotta. The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Professor Walter M. Spink, 2009/2.116

Phulkari shawl with stylized flower patterns, India, Eastern Punjab, 1st half of 20th century, silk embroidery on homespun cotton cloth. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink in honor of Karuna and Brijen Goswamy, 2005/2.10

The Milkmaid Manika Offering Curds to Jagannatha and Balabhadra on Horses Composed of Human Figures, India, Orissa, Puri school, early 20th century, opaque watercolor and lacquer on cotton cloth. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink, 1997/2.45

Saturn Mounted on a Tiger, India, Rajasthan, Jaipur school, circa 1840, ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink, 1987/1.248

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatJun 18
Exhibition Opens
Sat
Jul 16
Storytime at the Museum
11:15am12:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Family
Sun
Jul 31
The Connoisseurs' Legacy: The Collection of Nesta and Walter Spink
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Aug 7
In Conversation: The Connoisseurs’ Legacy: The Collection of Nesta and Walter Spink
3:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Fri
Sep 23
2016 Doris Sloan Memorial Program UMMA Dialogue: Vishakha Desai and Martha Tedeschi
6:30pm8:00pm
Exhibitions Related
SunSep 25
Exhibition Closes