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Nov 18

In Conversation: Can Abstract Art Be About Politics?

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The exhibition Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s presents large-scale works by four leading American artists—Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Al Loving, and Louise Nevelson—who chose abstraction as a means of expression within the intense political climate of the early 1970s. To many at the time, the decision by women artists and artists of color to make abstract art represented a retreat from politics and protest: an abnegation of a commitment to civil rights and feminism. Join UMMA Director and exhibition curator, Christina Olsen, in the gallery to explore these works of art and the questions they pose.

UMMA gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their generous support of this exhibition:

Lead Exhibition Sponsors: University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, and College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Exhibition Endowment Donors:  Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment, and Robert and Janet Miller Fund

University of Michigan Funding Partners: Institute for Research on Women and Gender, School of Social Work, Department of Political Science, and Department of Women's Studies