This learning collection features selected objects, images, prints, paintings, and photographs from the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s collection designed to support educators in the history and social studies classroom. The “American History Abridged” provides highlighted objects and images from United States history, while the other collections feature specialized objects based on specific historical periods. When possible, the distinct historical learning collections include artwork created only during that era rather than works created later the depict earlier events. Some collections also contain contemporary works of art from artists like Kara Walker or Glenn Ligon that incorporate historical themes, subjects, and methodology in their work.
Charles Alston Configurations oil on canvas 46 7/8 in x 36 13/16 in x 2 3/8 in (119 cm x 93.5 cm x 6 cm);36 3/4 in x 46 3/4 in x 2 1/4 in (93.35 cm x 118.75 cm x 5.72 cm) Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
Romare Bearden Now the Dove and the Leopard Wrestle oil on canvas 23 1/2 in x 29 1/4 in (59.69 cm x 74.3 cm);32 in x 38 in x 2 1/2 in (81.28 cm x 96.52 cm x 6.35 cm) Transfer from the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, gift of Clarence Wolf, February 1997
Jacob Lawrence Builders (The Family) screenprint on paper 34 in x 25 3/4 in (86.36 cm x 65.41 cm);29 15/16 in x 22 1/8 in (76.04 cm x 56.2 cm);38 3/4 in x 28 in (98.43 cm x 71.12 cm) Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
Jacob Lawrence Harriet and the Promised Land No. 15: Canada Bound gouache and tempera over black colored pencil on very rough cream wove paper 16 1/2 in. x 28 3/16 in. ( 41.9 cm x 71.6 cm ) Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis