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We Joined TikTok to Prove That Art Can Be About Anything - Can You Stump Us?

Follow UMMAMuseum on TikTok and try to stump Dave!

We Joined TikTok to Prove That Art Can Be About Anything - Can You Stump Us?

Here’s a challenge for you: Try to Stump UMMA. 

We recently launched a TikTok account for UMMA with a planned series of videos where viewers (like you!) suggest topics that Dave Choberka, Curator for University Learning and Programs, can’t find related art for in the UMMA collection. 

A social media ghost trend? There’s art for that. Zoom happy hours? Art for that. [Your suggestion here]? Yeah, there’s art for that, too. 

Watch the intro:

Welcome to UMMA's first tiktok. How are we doing? Happy to launch our first #stumpumma episode! Can you stump Dave? #fyp #arttiktok #museum #UMMA

UMMA (@ummamuseum) has created a short video on TikTok with music original sound. | Welcome to UMMA's first tiktok. How are we doing? Happy to launch our first #stumpumma episode! Can you stump Dave? #fyp #arttiktok #museum #UMMA | Wait, now I'm recording | Okay. It's good I checked.

The series was started in connection with the Museum’s Curriculum / Collection exhibition, a show that brings together works of art from the Museum’s collection that speak to a wide, and surprising, variety of topics — ranging from architecture and artificial intelligence to medicine and metaphysics.

Collected for each course are objects that aid students as they address the nature of reality, imagination, and vision in relation to politics, social action, science, mathematics and more.

The TikTok series takes the thinking behind the exhibition to the next level by attempting to prove that there is art that can speak to any topic you can imagine. 

Watch first attempt:

First prompt: #ghosttrend by @jackjanson88 We can't, but can YOU stump Dave? #stumpumma #halloweenlook #WellDone #fyp #arttiktok #museumtiktok #art

UMMA (@ummamuseum) has created a short video on TikTok with music original sound. | First prompt: #ghosttrend by @jackjanson88 We can't, but can YOU stump Dave? #stumpumma #halloweenlook #WellDone #fyp #arttiktok #museumtiktok #art | Hello, everybody! | My name is Dave Choberka.

The series will be presented on the UMMAMuseum TikTok channel, reposted to Instagram and archived on the Museum website as part of the Curriculum / Collection exhibition. To participate, think of the weirdest topic imaginable, follow UMMAMuseum on TikTok, and try to stump us.

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Other Recent C/C Stories

A series of videos will take you on a deep dive into the works on view as part of the Florilegium course in Curriculum / Collection


This untitled print by Keith Haring (1958–1990) is part of a portfolio called "The Fertility Suite." UMMA's copy of it is currently on display in Curriculum/Collection, as part of the Perspectives on Health and Health Care class. Click through an interactive version of Haring's print to learn more about his distinct graffiti-like style, and how being HIV-positive affected his work.


One of the goals of Curriculum/Collection is to foster student engagement with UMMA’s collection and showcase the exciting work students produce in turn. Here, Mellisa Lee, who was a student in Art and Design 352: Florilegium, shares the art she created in Cathy Barry’s class and explains her process.