Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors—Part I: Figuration

February 18 - June 12, 2017

Commemorating the University of Michigan’s 2017 Bicentennial, Victors for Art: Michigan’s Alumni Collectors celebrates the deep impact of Michigan alumni in the global art world. This two-part exhibition (Part I: Figuration followed by Part II: Abstraction on view July 1 – October 29) presents works collected by a diverse group of alumni that represent the breadth of the University and over seventy years of graduating classes. The works themselves are equally diverse, ranging from ancient sculptures to contemporary multimedia works. Part I: Figuration features works by Henri Matisse, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Mark Tansey, and Mickalene Thomas, among others, and allows visitors to explore the variety of artistic responses and purposes encompassed by the term “figuration”. It also offers an unprecedented opportunity to view art that may have never been publicly displayed otherwise—and most certainly, not all together. For visitors, and especially for future Michigan alumni, Victors for Art illuminates the shared passion for art fostered by the Michigan experience.

This exhibition was organized by Joseph Rosa, Guest Curator, in collaboration with Laura De Becker, Helmut & Candis Stern Associate Curator of African Art, Jennifer Friess, Assistant Curator of Photography, Lehti Mairike Keelmann, Assistant Curator of Western Art, and Natsu Oyobe, Curator of Asian Art.

Lead support for Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan Office of the President, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Michigan Bicentennial Office.
 

Images

Andy Warhol, Ferrous, 1975, acrylic and silkscreen on linen. Collection of Joseph and Annette Allen © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Portrait of a Young Lady, possibly Charlotte Dillon, with Red Stole and Veil, 1803, oil on canvas. Collection of Trish Turner and Thomas McConnell. Photo: Charlie Edwards.

Unknown, China, Pair of Guardian Figures, Sui Dynasty (581–618) or Tang Dynasty (618 –907), earthenware with polychrome decoration. Collection of Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Mickalene Thomas, I'm Not the Woman You Think I Am, 2010, rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on wood panel.  Collection of Robert B. Feldman. Courtesy of the artist, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Beauford Delaney, Portrait of a Young Lady, ca. 1955–71, oil on canvas. Collection of Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson. Image credit: Estate of Beauford Delaney, by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire, Court Appointed Administrator. Photographer: Greg Staley

Joel Meyerowitz, Pretzel Seller, Janet, 1984, chromogenic print. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Jill Garling and Thomas Wilson, 2015/2.102 © Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatFeb 18
Exhibition Opens
Sun
Feb 26
Victors for Art: Michigan’s Alumni Collectors—Part 1: Figuration
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Mar 26
Victors for Art: Michigan’s Alumni Collectors—Part 1: Figuration
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Apr 16
Victors for Art: Michigan’s Alumni Collectors—Part 1: Figuration
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Sat
Apr 22
Family Art Studio: Picturing People
11:00am1:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Apr 22
Family Art Studio: Picturing People
2:00pm4:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sun
Apr 23
In Conversation: Seeing Self and Other: Portraits from Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors—Part I: Figuration
3:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
May 21
Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors—Part I: Figuration
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Jun 4
In Conversation: Breaching Artistic Barriers: Artists in Dialogue in Victors For Art: Michigan’s Alumni Collectors—Part I: Figuration
3:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Jun 11
Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors—Part I: Figuration
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
MonJun 12
Exhibition Closes