For Students

Past Exhibitions: 2005

Surfing the Century: Twentieth-Century Art

February 5--May 15, 2005

Playful, provocative, and stimulating, Surfing the Century: Twentieth Century Art represents a rare opportunity to become immersed in the visual history of a particularly rich and vibrant period of artistic achievement. An array of work by the past century's most extraordinary artists--Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Hans Arp, Adolph Gottlieb, Franz Kline, Milton Avery, Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn, Edward Weston, Joel Meyerowitz, Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Glenn Ligon among them--will chart a course through the artistic movements and achievements of the era, from Fauvism to Cubism, Futurism to Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Post-Modern Art and beyond. The exhibition of approximately 100 works will be loosely chronological in organization and rich in the visual connections and unexpected juxtapositions.

Miro lithograph

Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893-1983
20th century
color lithograph
Given by their family in memory of Clement A. and Margaret Earhart Smith


Helen Frankenthaler
American, born 1928
Sunset Corner
acrylic on canvas
Museum Purchase

Surfing the Century represents the last chance to view UMMA's enviable collection of twentieth century art prior to the Museum's grand reopening in 2008 at the conclusion the renovation and expansion project. New gallery spaces will eventually make it possible for more of these fabulous works of art to be available to the public on an ongoing basis.


Alberto Giacometti
Swiss, 1901-1966
Standing Figure
Bronze, edition 3/8
Museum Purchase

Nicholson still life

Ben Nicholson
British, 1894-1982
Still Life
oil on board
Museum Purchase

Frank, American Flag

Robert Frank, American (born Switzerland), 1924
American Flag in Brick Wall
gelatin silver print
Gift of The Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation, in memory of Morris D. Baker, a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Architecture, 1952