Included in this email is a resource list with links to the works of art being highlighted in the Faces and Places tour and supplementary materials that can be found online.

Faces and Places: Exploring Identity through Art

Tuesday March 23  -  10 – 11am
in the OLLI Commons

free and open to the public
no registration necessary
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503
Faces and Places: Exploring Identity through Art engages with works of art that encourage us to consider how artists convey messages of identity about themselves, society and culture. In the process, we consider also how we interpret these works within our own unique life experiences. What do we see? What are our observations, reactions and interpretations? What can we learn about others and ourselves through this process?

The tour includes works from both the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art (UMMA) and other museums within the United States. Works include those from Michigan artists Titus Kaphar, Tyree Guyton and Jon Onye Lockard, new UMMA acquisitions Behind the Walls and Sophie/Elsie, Emma Amos, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mickalene Thomas and examples from UMMA’s extensive Inuit art collection.

Linda Bennett and Lynn Boyer are tour guides. Both are experienced docents at UMMA and have conducted tours with K-12 school groups, adult special interest groups, the widely respected Meet Me at UMMA memory loss group, and private themed groups with university students and staff.

Many museums continue to be closed, but we invite you to interact with art on this virtual tour to experience the art world beyond our current physical limitations. 


OLLI Commons Presentation: March 23, 2021
Faces and Places- Exploring Identity Through Art
Linda Bennett and Lynn Boyer

Docents at University of Michigan Museum of Art

Identity, 2006
Emma Amos (1937-2020) Oklahoma State University Gardiner Art Collection,%2C%20%E2%80%9CIdentity%2C%E2%80%9D%202006

Pwo Mask,
Chokwe People, c1890
Artist Unrecorded, DRC, Africa, UMMA

Figure of a Girl in Blue,
Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1936), UMMA

Portrait of Mnonja,
Mickalene Thomas (1971- ) Smithsonian American Art Museum

King of Spades,
c 1970
Jon Onye Lockard (1932-2015) UMMA

Queen of Spades,
c 1990
Jon Onye Lockard (1932 – 2015)
Private Collection
Jon Onye Lockard Biography March 25, 2015

Mary Sibande, (1982-) UMMA 

(Video 6 minutes)
Mary Sibande “I Came Apart at the Seams”

James Madison
(1751-1836) 19th C
James Frothington (1786-1864) UMMA

Flay (James Madison),
Titus Kaphar (1976- ) UMMA

(Video 12:43 minutes)

Emancipation Group,
1865, Thomas Ball (1819-1911 UMMA

Places and Communities (All works are from the UMMA Collection)
Phil and Kathy Power give family’s Inuit collection to UMMA

Migration Boat,
Ennutsiak (1896-1967)

Char Fishermen,
Niviaksiak (1908–1959)

Man Hunting at Seal Hole,
Niviaksiak (1908–1959)

Walking Bear,
Artist Unrecorded

Man Repairing a Sledge,
Pitseolak Ashoona (1904 – 1983)

Big Catch,
1988 Kananginak Pootoogook (1935 – 2010)

A Friend Visits,
Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016)

Street Scene,
Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)

Dotty Wotty House,
Tyree Guyton (1955- )

Ed Avedesian (1936-2007)

Untitled (March 5) #2,
Felix Gonzalez-Torres

UMMA Dialogues: Many Voices 2013
(Video 2 minutes)

The Steerage, 1907

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946)

Concluding Thoughts
Emancipation Memorial (unveiled 1876)
Thomas Ball, Washington, DC
Archer Anderson freed slave and model

Behind the Walls
(2018) Jaume Plensa (1955 - ) UMMA

Time Lapse Installation of Behind the Walls

Additional Suggested Resources:
UMMA Exchange: Information for all works of art held in UMMA’s permanent collection

Black Sounding Names and their Surprising History
(Video 12 minutes)

Why you probably shouldn’t say Eskimo

Arctic Dreams
by Barry Lopez won the 1986 National Book Award. It is an account of Lopez’s travels in the far north over a period of four years. It provides a comprehensive context for the Arctic environment in which the Inuit culture was and is manifested. The link below is to an interview of Lopez by Terry Gross on NPR.

Inuit: Storytelling instead of Scolding:

Some links above may need to be cut and pasted into your browser.
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