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 presents works collected by a diverse group of alumni that represent the breadth of the University and over seventy years of graduating classes. Part II: Abstraction, on view in the A. Alfred Taubman Gallery July 1 through October 29, showcases modern and contemporary art by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Louise Nevelson, Christo, Lorna Simpson, José Parlá, and Do Ho Su, among others. It also features a fifth-century Korean roof end tile and an Amish quilt, as well as a work by an Inuit master—thus inviting visitors to explore the pleasures of abstraction across a wide range of media, eras, and genres. UMMA extends Part II: Abstraction into the Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery from August 19 through November 26, 2017, with the site-specific installation of Random International’s LED-light and motion-sensing dynamic sculpture, Swarm Study / II. Victors for Art 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 Keelman, Assistant Curator of Western Art, and Natsu Oyobe, Curator of Asian Art.