Commemorating the University of Michigan’s 2017 Bicentennial, Victors for Art: Michigan’s Alumni Collectors celebrates the deep impact of Michigan alumni on the global art world. This exhibition features works collected by a diverse group of alumni and the artworks themselves span 3,500 years of art making, from ancient sculptures to multimedia works by emerging artists. Victors for Art offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to view art that may have never been publicly displayed otherwise—and most certainly, not together. Presented in two parts—Figuration (February 18-June 11, 2017) and Abstraction (July 1-October 29, 2017) this first part, Figuration will presents art across a wide range of media, time periods, and geographies including works by artists as diverse as Christo, Jean Dubuffet, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Elizabeth Vigeé Le Brun, among others. By assembling these seemingly disparate works and displaying them alongside one another, the scope of what is encompassed by the term “figuration” is explored and revealed, even as its meaning continues to evolve today.