If you’re looking for the perfect lively, educational and interactive activity, look no further than the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art. The museum features many exciting new galleries and a collection of over 18,000 artworks that have been gathered for more than 150 years. With such an extensive range of art, meeting rooms, and spaces to relax, the museum is sure to fit your needs of every kind.
UMMA’s newest exhibit, Doris Duke’s Shangri La will transport you to warm, tropical destinations all around the world and momentarily make you forget about Michigan’s frozen state. The display captures American Heiress, Doris Duke’s breathtaking Honolulu estate as well as her exotic global adventures that illustrate her fascination with Islamic art. Throughout the exhibit, dramatic tileworks, gardens, and architectural structures allow viewers to get a glimpse of Duke’s glamorous lifestyle and the extraordinary adventures she led. The Shangri La is documented through visually stimulating photographs both historic and newly commissioned, as well as drawings and architecture models by Tim Street-Porter.
If photography is of more interest to you, UMMA’s Flip Your Field series is something you should surely check out. Artist Larry Cressman presents two contrasting arrangements, the first focusing on trees with a more traditional but distinct method and the second features a fascinating presentation of photos that shows manipulated images of everyday life. The two combined intend to make a statement on the ever present use of imagery in our lives.
And finally, after an overwhelming response from many citing the lack of evening hours at UMMA, the museum has partnered with Comerica Bank to offer UMMA Fridays after 5. For three select Fridays in the coming months, UMMA will remain open until 8:00pm to allow the community to explore all the Museum’s galleries and exhibitions. These dates will be April 25th and July 18th. Make sure you stop in and as always, UMMA admission is free for all!
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