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“Glass is a vessel for light” is a truism of glassmakers: it is a most interesting vessel for light because it not only contains, but also amplifies, moves, and redirects light, thereby animating the objects as does no other media. In the early...>>
On view July 19–October 12, 2014 George Brigham (1889–1977) was one of the first architects to bring the ideology and practice of twentieth-century “International Style” modern architecture to Ann Arbor. Born in Massachusetts in 1889, Brigham...>>
On view July 5–October 19, 2014 Photography Gallery In 1908 Auguste Rodin invited American photographer Edward Steichen to Meudon, France, to photograph his sculpture of the great French writer Honoré de Balzac. Rodin was commissioned to create the...>>
Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 On view at UMMA May 24–September 14, 2014 Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 explores the work of contemporary artists of Native North American origin working in both traditional and new media,...>>
Robert Metcalf’s architecture practice has realized some of the most important and recognizable modern buildings in Michigan. Born in 1923, Metcalf is a native of Ohio. He began his education at the University of Michigan in 1942, though his studies...>>
This work, a fragment of what was certainly a full length Schöne Madonna, or “beautiful Madonna,” recently came to the Museum as a gift from a private donor. An example of the late International Gothic style in sculpture, it ranks as one of the most...>>
Technologies of copying, editing, and distributing have profoundly changed how artists process and use information as material for their own work. “Collage” and “montage” are key terms of that history from Dada and Surrealism to avant-garde film and...>>
In 1947 Doris Duke wrote an article “My Honolulu Home” for Town and Country, which was accompanied by a glorious suite of black-and-white photographs by Maynard Parker. Published as one of only four photo shoots of Shangri La that Duke permitted...>>
The zenith and subsequent decline of the British Empire in the later nineteenth century coincided with a unique and powerful convergence of cultural, technological, and economic forces. This era signaled the last great period of European exploration...>>
The artist’s domain is to make real things, originals. A remake typically doesn’t come close to the original—or so we think. In the realm of media art and its constant mediation of what is left of the thing, these clear-cut distinctions have long...>>

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