Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures: The Walter Koelz Collection

Mary Sibande, The wait seems to go on forever, 2009, Digital print, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa


Sibande on Campus

September 14–January 27, 2014

This fall, UMMA will join the U-M Institute for Humanities, Arts at Michigan, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) to present the work of rising young South African artist Mary Sibande. Through her work, Sibande constructs elaborate visual narratives to consider race, gender, and class in post-colonial South Africa. Rooted in her own family’s history of three generations of women as domestic servants, her larger-than-life figures clothed in yards of fabric confront the viewer with the stark limits of cultural heritage, as well as the possibility of transformation. Sibande’s Ann Arbor residency includes an original installation at the U-M Institute for the Humanities gallery, a Penny Stamps lecture, an open studio on North Campus, and an exhibition of Sibande’s existing work at Gallery DAAS, the Slusser Gallery, and UMMA. Her work, titled The wait seems to go on forever, is on view in UMMA’s Commons area from September 14, 2013 through January 12, 2014.

Organized by the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, the Sibande on Campus project is made possible in part by Arts at Michigan, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Lead support for this project is provided by the Kidder Residency in the Arts.