The CORPUS Issue

C O M M U N I T Y   E V E N T OPENING RECEPTION MAY 19 | 7 – 9 PM UMOCA invites you to join us for the opening reception of five new exhibitions on May 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. View Kelly O’Neill’s collection of photographs in the A-I-R […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Rueda De Reconocimiento (Lineup)

Victim and Victimizer Switch Roles Walking through UMOCA, there’s no question which current artwork elicits the loudest response from visitors: Rueda De Reconocimiento (Lineup) by Ananké Asseff. Lineup is an interactive video dealing with violence, race, and victimization. Designed to make the viewer feel uncomfortable and unsafe—as so many people of color experience daily simply existing […]

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Rona Pondick | "Dog"

Museum Lighting: How Hard Can It Be?

UMOCA’s Chief Preparator, John Burdick, shares insight on the lighting process of the Museum’s many exhibitions. Museum lighting—how hard can it be? You screw a lightbulb into a thing, plug the thing into an outlet and aim the light at the artwork, right? Yes … sometimes.Every so often, lighting an exhibition is straightforward. I’ll usually […]

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Defining Contemporary Art

What is Contemporary Art? It is astonishing that so many individuals crave a definition for contemporary art, even though it continually permeates our lives! The concepts within contemporary art are what people face on a daily basis, whether it be political, social, cultural, or environmental. Even though Art21 defines contemporary art as “the work of […]

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Contemporary Reactions: A Menagerie of the Human Body

Rona Pondick’s intricate sculptures immediately catch the interest of the Museum’s guests when they walk into the Main Gallery. The sculpture’s human appendages that seamlessly morph with abstract animal bodies examine the body, while also creating parallels to historically and culturally significant pieces of art. Feintuch’s paintings also portray the human body, but in a […]

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The Cardinal Rule: Please Do Not Touch the Art

So you want to touch the art… I understand—art is alluring, especially when it’s constructed with materials that shine, move, swirl, jiggle, or have a thrilling texture. But touching the art causes more damage than most people realize. It is our duty as museum staff to preserve and keep safe the artworks that are displayed […]

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Jodi exploring Alyce Carrier's "Old Work" in UMOCA's Projects Gallery

Contemporary Reactions: Mundane Intimacy

Alyce Carrier’s exhibit, Old Work, in the Projects Gallery has received an array of reactions, but the majority of patrons’ comments reflect on how clever and profound her work can be. By incorporating 3-D sculptures, prints, and a stop-animation film, Carrier is able to speak to viewers on many different levels. Jodi, a visitor to […]

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What Our Interns Have To Say

UMOCA prides itself on providing members of our community with interests in museums and the arts with door-opening opportunities. Our internship programs offer a variety of temporary work placements in numerous departments of the museum, from Front Desk and Marketing to Curatorial and Graphic Design, our interns get real-life, hands-on experience in their future fields. […]

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