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Exhibit: 'Human Animals: The Art of Cobra'

Event Details

September 15—November 20, 2016, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 11:00 am-4:30 pm
September 15—November 20, 2016, weekends 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
This event does NOT occur on:
November 11

University Museum of Contemporary Art

Room: 35

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Betsey Wolfson
“Human Animals: The Art of Cobra” is organized by NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and guest-curated by UMass Art History Assistant Professor Karen Kurczynski.

The Opening Reception is September 14, 6–8 p.m.

CoBrA, an interdisciplinary and trans-national European avant-garde movement named after its home cities — Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam — caused a revolution in modern art in just three years (1948–1951) of creative activity that continues to influence artists working today. Organized by NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and guest-curated by scholar Karen Kurczynski, the exhibition presents the history of Cobra through paintings, sculpture, prints, and primary documents by artists such as Asger Jorn, Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Constant, and Corneille.

The impact and legacy of Cobra will be traced through the present day in another simultaneous exhibition,“Cobra: Contemporary Legacy,” organized by UMCA and curated by Kurczynski, a selection of contemporary work by artists such as Albert Oehlen (German), Jacqueline de Jong (Dutch), Tal R (Danish), Nicole Eisenman (American), and Herbert Gentry (American). The relationship between the works in these two exhibitions will underscore the urgency of the reexamination of the Cobra movement’s groundbreaking experiments and ideas and their influence on the work of contemporary artists.


The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) is located on the lower of the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center. Directions to the Fine Arts Center

Event Category

Art Exhibit