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Yun-Fei Ji: Migrants, Ghosts, and the Dam at University Museum of Contemporary Art

January 23, 2015 at 11am to March 8, 2015 at 4:30pm
February 17-20 | Yun-Fei Ji Residency February 17, Tuesday| Artist’s Reception 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Yu-Fei Ji in conversation w/ Christine Ho (Art History) at 5:30 p.m. February 18, Wednesday | Film screening of Still Life, 2006 7:00pm February 19, Thursday | Celebration of Chinese New Year at UMCAYun Fei Ji, one of China’s most celebrated contemporary artists, is known for his masterful use of traditional Chinese ink painting, His practice is rooted in travel and observation, and his interests…See More
Jan 28, 2015
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Du Bois in Our Time at Du Bois Library

November 6, 2014 from 4:30pm to 6pm
This book launch and film premiere is the capstone of UMCA's exhibition of the same name- celebrating the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois and his relevance in the 21st century through the lens of contemporary art. See More
Oct 17, 2014
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Lasting Impressions - Contemporary Printmaking at University Museum of Contemporary Art

October 22, 2014 from 4:30pm to 6pm
The practice of printmaking over the last decades is no longer considered the poor cousin to painting, sculpting, or photography but is coming out of the shadow as an individual art form. In fact, creating prints offers a wide range of approaches and techniques that are both demanding and stimulating, stretching artistic explorations and processes. In conjunction with the exhibition The Art of Collecting: Contemporary Prints from the Risa Gerrig Collection, the University Museum of Contemporary…See More
Oct 9, 2014
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Postface: Walid Raad at University Museum of Contemporary Art

September 11, 2014 at 6pm to December 7, 2014 at 7pm
Walid Raad, one of the most influential artists from the Middle East explores the experiences and representations of war through video, photography and performance. Walid Raad’s exhibition at the UMCA includes works from two of his long-term projects: The Atlas Group (1989 – 2004) and Scratching on things I could disavow (2007 – ongoing).The Atlas Group (1989 – 2004) was a project Raad initiated in 1989 ─ or so his title suggests ─ and concentrated on the political, social, psychological and…See More
Sep 11, 2014
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Artist Talk: Walid Raad at Herter Hall 227, UMass Amherst

September 17, 2014 from 4pm to 5:30pm
Influential Lebanese artist Walid Raad will talk about his work concerning the repercussions of war in the Middle East. His work plays on the boundaries between fact and fiction. Raad is guest artist at the Louvre until the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi in late 2015, and raises questions of the role of museums in oil-rich countries.  A reception will follow the talk at the UMCA.See More
Sep 11, 2014
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Summer Art: Jennifer Williams at UMass Fine Arts Center, South Side

July 23, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm
Nationally known artist Jennifer Williams was chosen to create artworks on two large scale banners for the prominent South facade of the Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst. The University Museum of Contemporary Art convened a committee of students, staff, and faculty who selected Jennifer Williams of Brooklyn, NY, to create the 12-foot by 24-foot works. The site specific project consists of a two-part photographic collage of the UMass Amherst campus. The fragmented images span a century of the…See More
Jul 9, 2014
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Opening Reception for Fractured: The Modern Nude at University Museum of Contemporary Art

April 2, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm
Curated by 2014 MA candidates in Art History Brittany Mayo and Maureen McVeigh, Fractured: The Modern Nude, opening March 26, 2014 at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, explores the fragmented human body in drawings and photography from collection of the UMCA. A reception will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the UMCA and will feature Brittany Mayo and Maureen McVeigh in discussion with Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art Karen Kurcyznski at 6PM.See More
Feb 17, 2014
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Opening Reception for Fractured: The Modern Nude at University Museum of Contemporary Art

April 2, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm
Curated by 2014 MA candidates in Art History Brittany Mayo and Maureen McVeigh, Fractured: The Modern Nude, opening March 26, 2014 at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, explores the fragmented human body in drawings and photography from collection of the UMCA. A reception will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the UMCA and will feature Brittany Mayo and Maureen McVeigh in discussion with Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art Karen Kurcyznski at 6PM.See More
Feb 13, 2014
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Fractured: The Modern Nude at University Museum of Contemporary Art

March 26, 2014 at 11am to May 4, 2014 at 5pm
Fractured: The Modern Nude explores the nuances of the fragmented body in modern photography and drawings from the collection of University Museum of Contemporary Art. Curated by 2014 MA in Art History candidates Brittany Mayo and Maureen McVeigh, the exhibition asks its audience to think about the way they perceive the body when they are confronted with a part rather than the whole: What is the subject of the work: that which is seen or unseen?  Including works by Diane Arbus, Ralph Gibson,…See More
Feb 10, 2014
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Dialogue with a Collection: Kim Carlino and Lynne Cohen: False Cues at University Museum of Contemporary Art

January 22, 2014 to March 9, 2014
Lynne Cohen: False Clues  Opening Reception: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 5:00 - 7:00PM Walkthrough with Francois LeTourneux at 6:00PMExhibition open from Jan 22-Mar 9 Since the 1970s, renowned Canadian artist Lynne Cohen has been photographing interior spaces – laboratories, offices, health spas, classrooms, shooting ranges – often wryly humorous, sometimes bleak, with an element of suspense and of uneasiness. Her large-format photographs are devoid of people but not of human presence. Through the…See More
Jan 20, 2014
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Dialogue with a Collection: Elizabeth Stone at University Museum of Contemporary Art

September 5, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm
This exhibition is part of a series of exhibitions at the University Museum of Contemporary Art in which artists are encouraged to integrate their own works with pieces they select from the museum's works-on-paper collection, which includes over 2600 contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs. In the 1960s, UMass art teacher Walter Kamys started the collection which was shaped and shown over 5 decades by subsequent directors Hugh Davies, Helene Posner, Betsy Siersma, and currently, Loretta…See More
Aug 16, 2012

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Are you an artist, arts organization or venue?
organization
What town do you live in?
Amherst
In which disciplines do you work or exhibit?
Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Video, Digital Media, Sculpture, Installation, Fiber, Sound/Music
Artist Statement/Bio
The University's mandate of pursuing cutting-edge research within the sciences and the humanities is reflected in the UMCA's exhibitions and programs. We approach the visual arts with the same quest for knowledge, discovery, and understanding that guides the scientist, engineer, or anthropologist. We see it as our mission to pursue the margins, explore unknown territory, rediscover the familiar, and take risks.

A unique advantage of a university affiliated public art museum is its ability to produce cross-disciplinary exhibitions that forge links among the various fields in the arts and humanities. This interdisciplinary focus reflects the UMCA's mission to explore and stretch the boundaries, focusing on new artistic developments and potentially leading to new scholarship. By serving as both a showcase and an active "laboratory" for the visual arts, our goal is to open up the field of discussion for our audiences. By bringing in guest curators to organize exhibitions, and writers and critics to contribute to our publications; by inviting visiting artists to meet with students and the general public; by scheduling special lectures and panels on timely subjects; by efforts to extend our program beyond the UMCA - through all these initiatives we seek to contribute a new element of inquiry to the visual arts and to increase people's involvement with art.
Describe your organization or gallery
The University Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly the University Gallery) – the teaching museum of the University Massachusetts Amherst – is a multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art.

Through exhibitions, a permanent collection, educational programming, and a visiting artists program, the University Museum of Contemporary Art acts as a forum where renowned and emerging artists can test ideas and where diverse audiences can participate in cultural experiences that enhance understanding of the art of our time.

In its program, the UMCA balances a commitment to experimentation with a mandate to serve as a dynamic teaching and learning resource, affirming the University’s dedication to education, research, and community service.
Website
http://www.umass.edu/fac/universitygallery/index.html

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Museum Without Walls Public Arts Competition

The impact of public art on a community is priceless and immeasurable and once experienced it only appreciates. Public art has the power to energize our public spaces, arouse our thinking, and transform the places where we live, work, and play into more welcoming and beautiful environments that invite interaction. Public art can make strangers talk, children ask questions, and calm a hurried life. It enhances the quality of life by encouraging a heightened sense of place and by introducing…

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