2018 Exhibitions

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Fred Wilson

5 Takes On African Art / 42 Flags

January 23 - April 29, 2018
Continuing a tradition of hosting challenging, exploratory exhibitions organized by student curatorial teams, the UMCA presents 5 Takes on African Art / 42 Flags by Fred Wilson. This year's team of graduate students - from Art History (Yingxi Lucy Gong and Elizabeth Upenieks); Studio Arts (Vick Quezada); and Afro-American Studies/ Public History (Kiara Hill) - curate an exhibition of African art drawn from the collection of Charles Derby.
 

Patrick Hughes, (one of 6 prints from) The Domestic Life of the Rainbow, 1979; silkscreen print on paper, 6/120; 5 7/16 in x 8 7/8 in
Patrick Hughes, (one of 6 prints from) The Domestic Life of the Rainbow, 1979; silkscreen print on paper, 6/120; 5 7/16 in x 8 7/8 in

Color in Containment 

March 22 – April 29, 2018

Color in Containment examines the use of color within a group of works to ask a difficult question: can color be controlled? Should it be? The exhibition, including pieces by Patrick Hughes, Andy Warhol, and Pipilotti Rist, among others, imagines vibrant works of art from the UMCA permanent collection as specimens under glass, inviting viewers to make their own discoveries about the necessity or futility of containing color. 




Emmett Williams, American (1925-2007); Untitled drawing from the portfolio  10 Autobiographical Sketches, 1979, Sheet: 13 ¾ x 19 11/16 inches, Gift of Saul Steinberg through the Martin S. Ackerman Foundation in 1981

Drawing Connections: Drawing in Contemporary Art 

January 23 – March 10, 2018

UMCA is collaborating for the second time with Karen Kurczynski (Assistant Professor, UMass department of the History of Art and Architecture) on an exhibition drawn from the UMCA’s permanent collection for her Spring 2018 undergraduate seminar “Drawing Connections: Drawing in Contemporary Art.”



Sean Greene, Untitled, 2017; 5.5 x 8 in.
Sean Greene, Untitled, 2017; 5.5 x 8 in. 

Sean Greene 

May 25 – September 30, 2018

Sean Greene's paintings on paper focus on an interest in color interactions and the sensations that result from visually absorbing them. In his words: "I have studied color and taught color classes in the tradition of Josef Albers, which in essence says that colors interact, colors affect each other when seen together. I find it infinitely fascinating what one slight adjustment in a color can do in a painting. Color has energy; color is the most important aspect of my work.”



Seven Sisters at Sunset, Pioneer Valley
Michael Zide, Seven Sisters at Sunset, Pioneer Valley, 2015  

Michael Zide 

May 25 – September 30, 2018

Zide brings to his images a sensitivity to gesture and mood; he has said, “My efforts reflect a connection to place and to eons of geological time that color my photography and filter my vision of the Valley landscape.”



XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art

XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art 

July 1 – November 1, 2018

An outdoor public art exhibition that seeks to reveal our interconnectedness as citizens and to highlight the gateway district between downtown Amherst and the University of Massachusetts. Thirteen artists and architects have created outdoor installations, from UMass to the town of Amherst, connecting “town and gown” In innovative ways. In collaboration with the UMass Department of Architecture.



Peter Lax (American, b. Hungary, 1926), Conservation Laws from the portfolio <em>Concinnitas</em>, 2014. Printed by Harlan & Weaver, Inc.; published by Parasol Press Ltd. Aquatint on Rives BFK White 300g paper; edition 20/100; plate: 22 x 30 in; sheet: 31 5/8 in x 26 1/8 in. Gift of Robert Feldman in honor of Lois Beurman Torf (Class of 1946), a great friend.
Peter Lax (American, b. Hungary, 1926), Conservation Laws from the portfolio Concinnitas, 2014. Printed by Harlan & Weaver, Inc.; published by Parasol Press Ltd. Aquatint on Rives BFK White 300g paper; edition 20/100; plate: 22 x 30 in; sheet: 31 5/8 in x 26 1/8 in. Gift of Robert Feldman in honor of Lois Beurman Torf (Class of 1946), a great friend.  

The Concinnitas Portfolio 

September 12 – December 9, 2018

The Concinnitas Portfolio comprises the contributions of ten mathematicians and physicists in response to the prompt to transcribe their "most beautiful mathematical expression." The portfolio draws its name from a word famously used by the Renaissance scholar, artist, architect, and philosopher Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) to connote a form of beauty derived from harmony in numbers and proportion.



Seven Sisters at Sunset, Pioneer Valley  

Pau Atela’s (Re)Creations and MathStudio 

September 12 – December 9 , 2018

What does it mean for the fields of art and math to intersect? This exhibition offers glimpses into the work of Pau Atela, a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Smith College, that show how bridges can indeed be built between these two worlds. MathStudio is Atela’s ongoing creative studio space at Smith, focusing on process and dialogue between mathematics and art, where his students actively engage in the design and fabrication of 3-dimensional models that deal directly with aspects of mathematics. This exhibition features examples from Atela’s MathStudio teaching practice as well as his own artworks.”



Seven Sisters at Sunset, Pioneer Valley  

Building Bridges 

September 12 – December 9, 2018

An interactive sculpture installation by UMass architect/activist Joseph Krupczynski; Guest curated by Joseph Krupczynski Building Bridges draws on the power of solidarity and creative expression to bring people together and create a bridge across difference. The phrase “build bridges, not walls” has become a popular response to the rhetoric of fear and exclusion that has been dominating our headlines. A public art and engagement project, Building Bridges focuses on the very real and positive possibilities when people come together across race, religion, class, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, nationality, and more.