University of Michigan Museum of Art

Ann Arbor, MI




The University of Michigan Museum of Art is considered one of the finest university art museums in the country, with more than 17,000 works of art and an ambitious schedule of special exhibitions and programs. University of Michigan Museum of Art's extraordinary Western, Asian, and African holdings include masterworks by such artists as Dürer, Monet, Picasso, and today's avant-garde.

The University of Michigan Museum of Art is located at the gateway to the University of Michigan's historic central campus at the corner of South State Street and South University, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor MI, 48109-1354. See hours and admission on the museum's website.

Google Book Searches conducted in 2008 and 2013 by Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) located the following brochures, catalogues and gallery guides published on paper in connection with the Museum and with a topic of American representational art. The list may not include all relevant publications. Titles are listed by date of publication, with most recent listed first. Information on publications may be in error or incomplete. Titles may be followed by links to related essays published by Resource Library. See Definitions for more information on finding brochures, catalogues and gallery guides using TFAO's website.

Art and the Excited Spirit: America in the Romantic Period, By David Carew Huntington. Published 1972 by University of Michigan Museum of Art. 150 pages. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Nov 9, 2007 [snippit view]

John Mix Stanley: a Traveller in the West: A Traveller in the West. December .... Published 1969 by The University of Michigan Museum of Art Google Books says: "Some of the items in the exhibition were from the William L. Clements Library." [no preview available]

Jasper Johns: Prints from the Kaufman Collection. Published 1991 by University of Michigan Museum of Art [no preview available]

Kara Walker: Pictures from Another Time, By Kara Elizabeth Walker, Annette Dixon, Robert Reid-Pharr. Published 2002 by University of Michigan Museum of Art. 96 pages. ISBN 1891024507. Google Books says: "Arguably the most controversial young African-American artist working today, Kara Walker creates vivid and shocking evocations, rooted in stereotypes, of an antebellum world that comments on the system of slavery and its continuing legacy in the American consciousness. In her choice of black cut-paper silhouettes, Walker takes a medium that was extremely fashionable in the late 18th and early 19th centuries as part of the neoclassical revival, when the silhouetted images on ancient Greek and Roman vases were emulated on such goods as Wedgwood ware. The silhouette was a parlor art practiced by genteel ladies and gentlemen, who created portraits, landscapes, and decorative motifs. There were also traveling silhouettists who took their craft around the country. The 18th- and 19th-century silhouette was also associated with the pseudo-science of physiognomy, which held that one could analyze psychological and racial types by studying profiles. Adopting the antiquated medium of the silhouette, Walker has turned it into a powerful force to evoke the complexities of the system of slavery, exploring themes of exploitation, accommodation, and complicity on the part of both the powerful and the oppressed. Pictures From Another Time is the first major publication on the work of this extraordinary artist. It includes nearly 70 examples of her work, including her silhouettes, prints, drawings, projected installations, and watercolors. Texts include an interview with the artist by curator Thelma Golden, Deputy Director of Programs at The Studio Museum in Harlem; and essays by literary critic Robert Reid-Pharr, Professor of English at the City University of New York and Annette Dixon, Curator ofWestern Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art." [no preview available]

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