Watershed at UMMA

UMMA’s current exhibition, Watershed, is on view through October 23, 2022.

According to UMMA’s website, Watershed brings recent work from fifteen contemporary artists to UMMA for an exhibition that immerses visitors in the interconnected histories, present lives, and imagined futures of the Great Lakes region.

Some of these artists give voice to the experiences of communities that have been marginalized, making personal and visceral the social, economic, and political relationships among people, water, and land. 

Others use water as part of their process—whether photography, painting, sculpture—to provoke reflection on its ineffable effects on our bodies, language, and lives. All demonstrate how art can contribute to and shape current dialogues on the critical problems confronting our region.

This exhibition will feature new commissions from those listed below as well as works by Dawoud Bey, Pope.L, LaToya Ruby Fraizer, Cai Guo-Qiang, Shanna Merola, Doug Fogelson, Matthew Brandt, and Senghor Reid.


Artist Bonnie Devine will paint her commissioned work, The Gift, directly on the gallery wall during open hours. 

Bonnie Devine’s artistic practice, which spans installation, painting, and writing, is rooted in a commitment to the storytelling and pictorial traditions that are core to Anishinaabe culture. For Watershed, she will be creating a mural onsite in the gallery, allowing visitors to view and engage in her process. The mural, The Gift, will examine accounts of colonial expansion across the Great Lakes watershed.

Painting is scheduled to begin in early July.

Curator: Jennifer M. Friess, Associate Curator of Photography
On View: June 4–October 23, 2022
Gallery: A. Alfred Taubman Gallery 

Tuesday – Wednesday 11AM to 5PM
Thursday – Friday 10AM to 8PM
Saturday – Sunday 11AM to 8PM

No reservation required.  Entry is free for everyone. For more information visit, umma.umich.edu.

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