FUN! Objects

Curator Selections for Stenn Gallery: May 14-Sept 4, 2022

Yinka Shonibare
Untitled, The Peter Norton Family Christmas Project 2002
wood, fabric, plastic, metal, offset lithograph
11 ⅝ in x 7 4/5 in x 9 1/16 in (29.53 cm x 19.84 cm x 23.02 cm)
Gift of the Peter Norton Family Foundation
Portrait of a man with a powdered hairstyle close to his ears and gathered back at the nape of his neck. He wears a dark coat and and is placed in front of a pink background. At the level of the man's face, the canvas is shredded into long, loosely hanging strips. 
Titus Kaphar
Flay (James Madison)
oil on canvas with nails
5 x 4 ft. (152.4 x 121.92 cm)
Museum Purchase made possible by Joseph and Annette Allen
An assemblage of wooden boxes painted black. The boxes are mounted on top of each other and each box contains carved pieces of wood in various shapes. 
Louise Nevelson
Dark Presence III
painted wood
97 in x 140 ¼ in x 10 in (246.38 cm x 356.24 cm x 25.4 cm)
Gift of Bobby Kotick
Mark Kostabi
Untitled (Consumerism)
15 3/8 in. x 16 1/8 in. x 12 5/8 in. ( 39 cm x 41 cm x 32 cm )
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick
Sherman Lambdin
Red Devil Bird
painted wood twig
19 11/16 x 9 11/16 x 6 15/16 in. (50 x 24.5 x 17.5 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
Round porcelain jar with iron pigment under colorless glaze. An abstract dragon spirals around and up the body of the piece, marked by quick brushstrokes indicating scales and unrestrained swirls indicating features such as its head and feet. A slight valley in the contour of the jar marks where two separately thrown pieces were joined together.<br />
The foot is rather small for the size of the body.<br />
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This is a white porcelain jar decorated with iron-painted dragon, which wraps around the jar three times, displaying dynamic strokes of brush. The dragon&rsquo;s head is not rendered; its two eyes have been tersely painted instead. Jars with iron painted dragons, rendered in an abstract from, were produced in large quantities in the 17th century; many of them were produed in regional kilns. Despite slight damage to its rim, this jar is preserved as intact. The central part of its body clearly shows that this jar was created by joining separately produced upper and lower halves.<br />
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Jar with abstract dragon design
porcelain with iron pigment under colorless glaze
12 1/4 x 13 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (31 x 33.5 x 33.5 cm)
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection


Peruse these objects from UMMA's collection that provide a springboard for the FUN! exhibition (Summer 2022). Students in University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts will bring these objects to life and recreate them as large kinetic sculptures. Puppets that move! Join us and participate in the artistic process!  


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