Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors—Part II: Abstraction

July 1 - October 29, 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 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.

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

Hans Hofmann, St. Francis, 1952, oil on canvas. Collection of Paola Luptak (AB '88) and Markus Jakobson. With permission of the Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Lorna Simpson, Untitled (What Should Fit Here Is An Oblique Story About Absence), 1993, photogravure and handcolored with watercolor. Collection of William Susman (BBA ‘86) and Emily Glasser. © Lorna Simpson. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York

Kenojuak Ashevak, The Enchanted Owl, 1960, stonecut. Power Family Collection, Philip (AB ‘60, Regent ‘87–’98) and Kathy Power. Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Anonymous, Korean, Roof tile-end with honeysuckle design, Three Kingdom Period, Gohryeo (37 BCE – 668 CE), earthenware with molded decoration. Collection of the YooGeum Museum, Seoul, Korea, Chang-Jong Yoo (MCL ‘84) and Key-Sook Geum. Photography: Charlie Edwards

Artist unrecorded, Kota peoples, Mahongwe group, Gabon or Republic of Congo, Reliquary figure, late 19th century, brass, copper wire, wood. Collection of Robert Jacobs (BBA ‘70). Photography: Charlie Edwards

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatJul 1
Exhibition Opens
Sat
Jul 15
Family Art Studio: Printmaking and Beyond
11:00am1:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Jul 15
Family Art Studio: Printmaking and Beyond
2:00pm4:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sun
Jul 16
In Conversation: Abstract Expressions in Modern & Contemporary Art in Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors—Part II: Abstraction
3:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Jul 30
Victors for Art: Michigan’s Alumni Collectors—Part 2: Abstraction
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Aug 27
Victors for Art: Michigan’s Alumni Collectors—Part 2: Abstraction
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Sep 17
SMTD@UMMA Performance: Heart of Tones
8:00pm9:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Performing Arts
Sun
Sep 24
Victors for Art: Michigan’s Alumni Collectors—Part 2: Abstraction
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Sat
Sep 30
Family Art Studio: LED / 3D
11:00am1:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Sep 30
Family Art Studio: LED / 3D
2:00pm4:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Thu
Oct 5
Penny Stamps Speaker Series and UMMA Present: Christo, The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, and Work in Progress: The Mastaba, Project for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
5:10pm6:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Sun
Oct 8
In Conversation: Abstract Moments throughout History in Victors for Art: Michigan’s Alumni Collectors – Part II: Abstraction
3:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Oct 22
Victors for Art: Michigan’s Alumni Collectors—Part 2: Abstraction
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Oct 22
SMTD@UMMA Performance: Angles of Abstraction
7:00pm8:30pm
Exhibitions Related / Performing Arts
SunOct 29
Exhibition Closes