Curriculum / Collection

Curriculum / Collection

Online: Starting Summer 2020
In Gallery: October 2020–June 2021
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

Zoom Into "Downtown Detroit" by Carlos Lopez

Downtown Detroit, a 1947 painting by Carlos Lopez included in the works of art selected for Curriculum/Collection, depicts a Motor City skyline that doesn't quite exist. All the buildings are real, but Lopez made a composite of several different vantage points for his landscape.

Click through an interactive version of Lopez's painting to zoom into the details and learn more about the history of the buildings and architecture represented here.

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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.