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March 17, 2021 OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE 
 
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


https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
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. 

 
Resources

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

 
Faces
Identity, 2006
Emma Amos (1937-2020) Oklahoma State University Gardiner Art Collection
https://osuma.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/emma-amos-identity-2006/#:~:text=Amos%20creates%20a%20blend%20of,%2C%20%E2%80%9CIdentity%2C%E2%80%9D%202006

Pwo Mask,
Chokwe People, c1890
Artist Unrecorded, DRC, Africa, UMMA
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/31759

Figure of a Girl in Blue,
1892
Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1936), UMMA https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/22004

Portrait of Mnonja,
2010
Mickalene Thomas (1971- ) Smithsonian American Art Museum https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/portrait-mnonja-80011

King of Spades,
c 1970
Jon Onye Lockard (1932-2015) UMMA
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/32919

Queen of Spades,
c 1990
Jon Onye Lockard (1932 – 2015)
Private Collection
Jon Onye Lockard Biography March 25, 2015
https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/jon-onye-lockard-40

Sophie/Elsie,
2009
Mary Sibande, (1982-) UMMA
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/43791 

(Video 6 minutes)
Mary Sibande “I Came Apart at the Seams”
https://youtu.be/uTH1FaBr-Vk

James Madison
(1751-1836) 19th C
James Frothington (1786-1864) UMMA
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/37898

Flay (James Madison),
2019
Titus Kaphar (1976- ) UMMA
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/42889

(Video 12:43 minutes) https://www.ted.com/talks/titus_kaphar_can_art_amend_history?language=en

Emancipation Group,
1865, Thomas Ball (1819-1911 UMMA
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/36972

https://washington.org/find-dc-listings/emancipation-memorial-freedmans-memorial


Places and Communities (All works are from the UMMA Collection)
Phil and Kathy Power give family’s Inuit collection to UMMA
https://www.michigandaily.com/section/research/family-donates-collection-inuit-art-umma

Migration Boat,
c1960
Ennutsiak (1896-1967)
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/43489

Char Fishermen,
1959
Niviaksiak (1908–1959)
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/43500

Man Hunting at Seal Hole,
1959
Niviaksiak (1908–1959)
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/43504

Walking Bear,
1950
Artist Unrecorded
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/43446

Man Repairing a Sledge,
1963
Pitseolak Ashoona (1904 – 1983)
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/43517

Big Catch,
1988 Kananginak Pootoogook (1935 – 2010)
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/43677

A Friend Visits,
2008
Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016)
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/29433

Street Scene,
1951
Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/40209

Dotty Wotty House,
1994
Tyree Guyton (1955- )
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/40209

Simpsonville,
1980
Ed Avedesian (1936-2007)
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/16206

https://www.incollect.com/artists/edward-avedisian-paintings

Untitled (March 5) #2,
1991
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/18801

UMMA Dialogues: Many Voices 2013
(Video 2 minutes) http://tap.ummaintra.net/tours/dialogtable-movies/felix-gonzalez-torres-untitled-march-5th-2

The Steerage, 1907

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946)
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/9630


Concluding Thoughts
Emancipation Memorial (unveiled 1876)
Thomas Ball, Washington, DC
Archer Anderson freed slave and model
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archer_Alexander

Behind the Walls
(2018) Jaume Plensa (1955 - ) UMMA
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/resources/43732

Time Lapse Installation of Behind the Walls
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivxiD8wZ-Mo&feature=emb_logo


Additional Suggested Resources:
UMMA Exchange: Information for all works of art held in UMMA’s permanent collection
https://exchange.umma.umich.edu/

Black Sounding Names and their Surprising History
(Video 12 minutes)
https://www.pbs.org/video/black-sounding-names-and-their-surprising-history-mjlggn/

Why you probably shouldn’t say Eskimo
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/24/475129558/why-you-probably-shouldnt-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.
https://www.npr.org/2021/01/08/954833226/remembering-nature-writer-barry-lopez

Inuit: Storytelling instead of Scolding:
https://www.npr.org/2019/03/04/689925669/storytelling-instead-of-scolding-inuit-say-it-makes-their-children-more-cool-hea

 
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