Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the 60s and 70s: Kaleidoscope

February 22 - October 25, 2020

The notion that abstraction was a purely formal and American art form, concerned only with timeless themes disconnected from the present, was met with increased skepticism in the midst of the political and cultural upheavals of the 1960s and 70s. Kaleidoscope, UMMA’s third and final edition of this exhibition series, examines the constantly changing practices of local Detroit artists, women artists, and artists of color as they actively embraced abstraction’s possibilities. Their strategies dramatically transformed the practice of abstraction in a shifting American political landscape.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment, the Susan and Richard Gutow Endowed Fund, and the Robert and Janet Miller Fund

Images

Helen Frankenthaler, Sunset Corner, 1969, acrylic on canvas. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Museum purchase, 1973/1.813 © 2018 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Louise Nevelson, Dark Presence III, 1971, painted wood. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Bobby Kotick, 2016/2.119. © 2018 Estate of Louise Nevelson/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Howardena Pindell, Kyoto (Positive/Negative), 1980, etching and lithograph on paper. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Museum purchase made possible by the David G. Parkes Memorial Fund, 1990/1.191 © Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Lester Johnson, Total Eclipse, 1971, acrylic on canvas. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2005/2.62 © Lester Johnson

Jennifer Bartlett, Day and Night, 1978, drypoint on heavy wove paper. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Museum purchase, 1978/2.58 © Jennifer Bartlett. Courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, and The Jennifer Bartlett 2013 Trust.

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatFeb 22
Exhibition Opens
Sun
Mar 1
Abstraction, Color, and Politics: Kaleidoscope
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Apr 5
-CANCELED-
Abstraction, Color, and Politics: Kaleidoscope
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
May 24
2020
Abstraction, Color, and Politics: Kaleidoscope
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Jun 21
2020
Abstraction, Color, and Politics: Kaleidoscope
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
SunOct 25
Exhibition Closes