Art Action Day 2018 at UMMA
How does art unite us?
You are invited to participate in national Arts Action Day at UMMA–wherein artists and cultural groups, and museums across the country are communicating the power of art to unite us and bring us together. We believe in the need both to heighten our sense of our shared humanity, to work for equality and justice, and to communicate visions of what our world could be.
This digital selection of objects from UMMA's collection exemplifies some of the ways that works of art can meaningfully engage audiences in important conversations. The featured works are presented below with comments from UMMA staff which will be updated throughout the event.
We also encourage you to participate in the democratic experiment by adding your own voice! You may respond to the overall prompt: How does art unite us? Or, you can respond to each piece individually with how you feel it engages, evokes, inspires, and/or unites.
Please add your own responses either online (by clicking here and then on "Comments"), or in person by visiting UMMA January 19–21, 2018.
||Art can force us to confront and discuss difficult topics.
||Art incites dialogue and invites open-mindedness. Art can inspire goodwill and empathy.
Art records and interprets the important movements in our shared history. It's there to document the struggles, honor the brave souls who took part, and (when appropriate) celebrate the victories.
Art provides a voice that is louder than one megaphone; through it we have the ability to reach and impact millions of people.
||Art reminds us of our history and can inspire and motivate us during challenging times.
||Art lifts us from our everyday distractions and enables us to encounter beauty and awe that surpass the mundane things that divide us.
||Art can mean something different to each person experiencing it.
||Art and storytelling go hand in hand.
||Art can stop us in our tracks. For the moment of encounter we can converse with another person from a different time and place, and understand that we are connected as we are in fact connected to all humanity.
etching, aquatint, spitbite, and sugarlift on Rives BFK paper
25 in x 17 1/4 in (63.5 cm x 43.82 cm);32 3/16 in x 26 3/16 in (81.76 cm x 66.52 cm)
gelatin silver print on paper
8 in x 10 in (20.32 cm x 25.4 cm)
Gift of Mark Swanson
digital pigment print on paper
24 in x 16 1/2 in (60.96 cm x 41.91 cm);26 in x 17 1/2 in (66.04 cm x 44.45 cm)
Gift of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
March on Washington, [SNCC members and friends defiantly gather to sing freedom songs], from "Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement"
gelatin silver print on paper
14 x 11 in. ( 35.56 x 27.94 cm )
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
Votes for Women
crayon, ink, and graphite on white paper
8 9/16 in x 11 in (21.75 cm x 27.94 cm);14 3/8 in x 19 5/16 in (36.51 cm x 49.05 cm);6 11/16 in x 6 5/16 in (16.99 cm x 16.03 cm)
Burhan Cahit Doğançay
Give Peace a Chance
collage and mixed media on canvas
43 in x 62 in (109.22 cm x 157.48 cm)
I Think Continually of Those Who Were Truly Great
white and black silkscreen lettering and watercolor wash on paper
30 1/4 in x 24 1/4 in x 5/16 in (76.83 cm x 61.6 cm x 0.79 cm)
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication, Founder Warren M. Robbins
screenprint on oak panel
30 in x 30 in x 2 in (76.2 cm x 76.2 cm x 5.08 cm);30 in x 29 15/16 in x 2 in (76.2 cm x 76.04 cm x 5.08 cm)
Gift of Margaret I. McIntosh
Japanese Children's Day Carp Banners, Paguate Village, Jackpile Mine Uranium Tailings, Laguna Pueblo Reservation, New Mexico
dye destruction print on paper
16 ⅛ in x 20 1/16 in (40.96 cm x 50.96 cm)
Gift of Beverly Baker in memory of Morris D. Baker
Hiroshima-Nagasaki 50 #1
screenprint on paper
40 ½ in x 28 ¾ in (102.87 cm x 73.02 cm)
Gift of the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion
Beating Heart (Moods)
23 in. x 23 in. x 1 in. ( 58.42 cm x 58.42 cm x 2.54 cm )
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick
colored crayons on paper
24 in x 18 in (60.96 cm x 45.72 cm);24 in x 18 in (60.96 cm x 45.72 cm);28 in x 23 in (71.12 cm x 58.42 cm)
Gift of Arthur Cohen in honor of Ben and Yetta Cohen