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How To Think: Images, Process, and Creativity/Cyanotype

Joan Snyder, Art and the Nature of Grief, 1992, monoprint on paper, Museum purchase made possible by the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund


Faculty Curator: Raymond Wetzel (Residential College)

On view: Fall 2022

Art can be both a visual manifestation of how we think and a demonstration of different ways to think about and engage with the world.

“How To Think: Images, Process and Creativity” is a class that asks students to consider how various art processes and techniques stimulate and affect the expression of ideas. Students make mixed media collages featuring cyanotype, an early form of photography that produces images in distinctive hues of blue. By recombining and rearranging existing images, their collages foster new and unexpected connections and perspectives.

The photographs selected for this class, seen below, represent some of the wide range of ways that artists have creatively explored the medium of photography. Techniques include photomontage and collage (the combining of photographs into one image), photograms (where images are produced without a camera by laying objects on photographic paper), and a variety of uses of the camera to capture everyday life and nature.

Works Included In This Collection

Joanne Leonard
inkjet print on paper
Keith Carter
gelatin silver print on paper
Jakob Kolding
collage on paper
Jirí Kubovy
collage and colored crayon on cardboard
1950; printed 1985
Elliott Erwitt
gelatin silver print on paper
Anna Atkins
cyanotype on paper


Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick, the Eleanor Noyes Crumpacker Endowment Fund, and the Oakriver Foundation.