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60 Years of Collecting

An anniversary exhibition celebrating the UMCA Permanent Art Collection
Feb 7 – May 14, 2023

View the Online Exhibition
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 29, 4:30–7:30
Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts Lobby
Opening Remarks by State Senator Jo Comerford

 Symposium: “The Future of Collecting”
Friday, September 30, Friday / 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Bowker Auditorium / Stockbridge Hall
Welcome remarks by Dr. Tricia Serio, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) celebrates the 60th anniversary of its permanent art collection, begun in 1962, with this special exhibition of 115 artists whose works are drawn from more than 3,600 prints, drawings, photographs, and multiples — from masters of mid- and late 20th-century art to work by the leading artists of our time. Join us to explore our university's remarkable, and sometimes hidden, visual arts resource. 

The 60th anniversary exhibition is a major milestone for the UMCA, but also a moment for reflection, critical examination, and charting new directions. The exhibition reveals the museum’s most recent collecting strategy that prioritizes diversifying the collection. Recent acquisitions of works by women and by artists of color point to a renewed commitment to inclusion of artwork by under recognized artists into this important UMass resource for study and research. As we enter the next vibrant chapter of our story, we will expand our reach and impact and continue to champion powerfully diverse artistic expressions of our ever-changing world. This exhibition highlights the UMCA’s commitment to contemporary art as a catalyst for discussing the urgent issues of our time, building community, and creating empathy.

This exhibition also celebrates the donors and artists whose generous gifts have made it possible for the UMCA to grow its collection. We are excited to include the voices of all four UMCA Directors, past and present, who, during their tenure, enabled the Museum to acquire significant works by artists who were emerging on the national and international scene.

Neither a survey nor organized chronologically, works by multigenerational artists are grouped thematically to accentuate visual associations and to recontextualize the familiar while introducing the new.

Artists whose work is part of 60 Years of Collecting include:
Robert Adams Annette Lemieux
Ansel Adams Helen Levitt
Diane Arbus Sol LeWitt
Tauba Auerbach Roy Lichtenstein
Radcliffe Bailey Robert Mapplethorpe
Miroslaw Balka Ryan McGinness
Jennifer Bartlett Ralph Meatyard
Olivia Bernard Claus Oldenburg
Mel Bochner Stephen Petegorsky
Manuel Alvarez Bravo Jefferson Pinder
Harry Callahan Martin Puryear
Alexis Callender Walid Raad
Larry Clark Robert Rauschenberg
Agnes Denes Dorothea Rockburne
Leonardo Drew Tim Rollins & KOS
Elliot Erwitt James Rosenquist
Brendan Fernandes Sheron Rupp
Robert Frank Betye Saar
LaToya Ruby Frazier Joel Shapiro
Lee Friedlander Lorna Simpson
David Goldblatt Kiki Smith
Andreas Gursky Raphael Jesus Soto
Hans Haacke Ralph Steiner
Keith Haring Frank Stella
Jenny Holzer Mickalene Thomas
Roni Horn Thongchai
Mary Ijichi George Tice
Imo Imeh Kara Walker
Xylor Jane Andy Warhol
Yun-fei Ji Carolyn Webb
Jasper Johns Carrie Mae Weems
Donald Judd James Welling
Anish Kapoor Fred Wilson
Ellsworth Kelly Gary Winogrand
Kimsooja Terry Winters
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Daily Collegian  '60 Years of Collecting': Loretta Yarlow's new exhibition
Featured article on the Daily Hampshire Gazzette
ARTSCOPE Article: "Anniversary reveals UMCA's Impressive Collection"
ConvergenceRI Article: "To showcase 3,800 hidden treasures"


60 Years of Collecting and its related programs are supported by UMassFive College Federal Credit Union; Women for UMass; the Class of 1961 Artists Residency Fund; and The Massachusetts Review.
With gratitude to our campus partners and colleagues for their collaboration: Assistant Professor Kelsey Whipple, Department of Journalism; Professor Sohee Koo, Art Department

UMass Five College Federal Credit Union       The Massachusetts Revi ew Logo (a giant MR in black with a shared line)       WOmen for UMass logo in black  text with UMassAmherst above in black and maroon