Curriculum / Collection

Curriculum / Collection

October 2020–January 2022
David Choberka

Andrew W. Mellon Curator for University Learning and Programs

Explore the Infinite Value of Art In Shaping Our Understanding of … Well, Everything

In Curriculum / Collection, an incredible variety of University of Michigan courses take material form. Collected for each course are objects that address the nature of reality, imagination, and vision in relation to politics, social action, science, mathematics and more. 

Working in collaboration with University faculty, the works in this exhibition were selected for their capacity to provoke engagement with the guiding questions and themes of their specific courses, while also offering students material and inspiration for research projects in their areas of study. The exhibition demonstrates some of the diverse and creative ways art plays a central role in learning across the disciplines. It also asks us to consider what we can learn from art objects across an infinite variety of specialties and subject matter.

As classes begin in Fall of 2020, you’ll be able to use this page to explore the collections designed for each course, dive into the works themselves, and hear from the professors and students about how they are engaging with art and objects in new ways. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something surprising along the way, too.

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Featured Exhibition Story

Float Away On the Wind of This Tadashi Nakayama Woodcut

Afternoon (Flowers, Girl and Butterfly) is a 1972 woodcut piece by Tadashi Nakayama, and is included in the Florilegium section of Curriculum/Collection. Click through this interactive version to learn more about Tadashi's artistic process, and well as the symbolism of the flowers in his work.

Click through an interactive version of Nakayama's woodcut to zoom into the details.

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Nakayama Tadashi, Gogo (Hana To Shojo To Cho) Afternoon (Flowers, Girl and Butterfly), 1972, color woodblock print on paper, gift of Sheila and ronnie Cresswell, 2011/2.22

Exhibition support

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick, the Eleanor Noyes Crumpacker Endowment Fund, and P.J. and Julie Solit.

UMMA Digital Initiatives are supported by the Sandra and Louis Grotta Fund.