All events are free and take place at UMMA unless otherwise noted.

Oct 8

In Conversation: Abstract Moments throughout History in Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors—Part II: Abstraction

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

Join Natsu Oyobe, Curator of Asian Art, on a tour of Victors for Art: Michigan’s Alumni Collectors—Part II: Abstraction, an exhibition that celebrates the rich history of over two thousand years of abstraction in art. The conversation will guide us through works created in different times and locations where the intention of abstraction emerged—from the 5th century Korean ceramic roof-tile, the Chinese calligraphy of the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644), to the 19th century African reliquary figure—illustrating that abstraction in visual art was not the invention of the modern West.

Lead support for Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan Office of the President, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Michigan Bicentennial Office.