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Love Art More

About Love Art More

Beginning in January 2014, LOVE ART MORE is an ongoing participatory project inviting UM students to explore, animate and broaden their relationship to art and to UMMA. The project presents a series of “prompts” – simple ideas for things to make and do – and everyone is invited to get involved. When an assignment is fulfilled, participants submit their response in text, photograph, video or audio to be included in an ever-expanding online exhibition within UMMA’s website.

LOVE ART MORE prompts are all no or low-cost, DIY, and are designed to be fun, inspiring, and easily accessible. Through this project UMMA hopes to inspire students and educate them about the importance of art in our everyday lives.

In addition to an open call for responses via UMMA’s website, social media and student blog, The Annex, the staff of UMMA’s Education Department will work with the Museum’s Student Programming and Advisory Council (SPAC)Arts at Michigan, as well as UM faculty and student organizations, to create assignments and host live LOVE ART MORE activities during the 2013-14 academic year, culminating in a museum-wide Student Late Night event on April 10, 2014. For more information on how your class or student group can participate, contact UMMA Education Program Coordinator Lauren Harroun, at lrossi@umich.edu.

LOVE ART MORE is inspired by UMMA’s ongoing efforts to provide UM students with meaningful engagement with the arts, and also in part by Learning To Love You More, a collaborative online art project started in 2002, by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, that invited people all over the world to respond to creative assignments. Learning To Love You More was also an ever-changing series of exhibitions, screenings and radio broadcasts presented all over the world. One of these presentations will be on display at UMMA from May 3 through July 20, 2014 as part of the exhibition Appropriation / Collaboration: Christian Marclay / Harrell Fletcher & Miranda July.

The third season of UMMA's new media exhibitions is guest curated by Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Appropriation / Collaboration: Christian Marclay / Harrell Fletcher & Miranda July is the last of three exhibitions presented in this series that will focus on the notion of performativity in contemporary art. Most of the work on view is from SFMOMA’s outstanding collection. Lead support for this exhibition and related programs is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment. Other generous support is provided by the Susan and Richard Gutow Fund, the Robert and Janet Miller Fund, the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

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"Sometimes it is a relief to be told what to do. We are two artists who are trying to come up with new ideas every day. But our most joyful and even profound experiences often come when we are following other people's instructions. When we are making crepes from a recipe, attempting to do a handstand in yoga class, or singing someone else's song." – Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July