Collection Ensemble

April 2, 2019  ongoing

EXTRAORDINARY ARTISTS, STARTLING WORKS OF ART, PUT IN DIALOG FOR YOU TO DISCOVER 

Collection Ensemble presents the first major reinstallation of UMMA's iconic entry space in over a decade. It exchanges Alumni Memorial Hall's previous focus on European and American painting for a broad mix of American, European, African, and Asian art from across media, sampling the Museum's remarkable, disparate holdings. The installation is organized into thematic and formal vignettes that respond to the concepts and ideas resonating from an extraordinary large-scale photograph of a vacant cathedral by contemporary German artist Candida Höfer. Featuring works of art by numerous famous and not-so-famous artists, many of them artists of color and women—including Charles Alston, Christo, Theaster Gates, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Do-Ho Suh, Kara Walker, and others, Collection Ensemble reimagines the collection not as a fixed entity with one set of meanings to be unearthed, but instead as an active, creative, sometimes startling source of material and ideas, open for debate and interpretation.

Read the exhibition press release here.

JOIN US FOR THE GRAND OPENING AT UMMA AFTER HOURS
Tuesday, April 2
7–10 p.m.

Gallery talks, live music, and more! This is a free event, and all are welcome.

Images

Al Loving, Untitled Cube, 1969. Acrylic on canvas. Museum Purchase, 1969/2.25. Courtesy the Estate of Al Loving and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Guillermo Meza, Ah Puch, 1949, oil on canvas. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Museum purchase, 1958/1.102. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City

Clarence John Laughlin, The Enigma, 1941–1973. Gelatin silver print on paper. Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund, 1999/1.101. Courtesy The Clarence John Laughlin Archive and The Historic New Orleans Collection

Jon Carsman, Lumberville Streaks I, circa 1970s, acrylic on canvas. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jules Altman, 1981/2.84.

Christo, Wrapped Roses, 1968. Three plastic roses, polyethylene, twine, and staples. Edition of 100 copies, handmade by Christo. Published by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. J. Robert Willson, 1974/2.28. © Christo

Randolph Rogers, Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii, 1861. Carrara marble. Gift of Roger Art Association, 1862.1

Kara Walker, Untitled, 2014. Print on porcelain. Museum purchase, 2014/2.2. © Kara Walker

Takuro Kuwata, Platinum Kairagi Shino Bowl, 2011. Porcelain, platinum slip and paint. Museum purchase, 2012/2.7. Courtesy the artist and SALON 94 © 2019 Takuro Kuwata

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

TueApr 2
Exhibition Opens
Tue
Apr 2
UMMA After Hours
7:00pm10:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Special Events
Sat
Apr 13
UMMA ArtsX presents: Welcome Home
6:00pm8:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Performing Arts / Student Events
Sun
Jul 14
Collection Ensemble
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Aug 25
Collection Ensemble
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Sep 15
Collection Ensemble
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Oct 6
In Conversation: The Dialogues of Collection Ensemble
3:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Thu
Oct 17
U-M Chamber Choir: Everything is Made of Light
7:00pm9:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Performing Arts
Sun
Oct 20
Collection Ensemble
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sat
Jan 25
2020
Family Art Studio: Imaginary Places
11:00am1:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Jan 25
2020
Family Art Studio: Imaginary Places
2:00pm4:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
  ongoing
Exhibition Closes