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Opening Reception and Talk: BREACH: LOGBOOK 24 | STACCATO by Courtney M. Leonard


Event Details

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

University Museum of Contemporary Art

151 Presidents Drive

Amherst MA 01003


Event Website


Lucy Norton

Fine Arts Center


Join us for the opening reception of the University Museum of Contemporary Art's spring exhibition, BREACH: LOGBOOK 24 | STACCATO by Shinnecock artist Courtney M. Leonard.

Free and Open to All

5 p.m. Artist Talk in Fredrick C. Tillis Performance Hall 
All are invited to hear from artist Courtney M. Leonard in conversation with poet Abigail Chabitnoy, Assistant Professor, UMass MFA program for Poets & Writers, in the Frederick C. Tillis Performance Hall.

6-7:30 p.m. Reception in Bromery Lobby & UMCA
Enjoy appetizers in the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts lobby and chat with the artist. Meet the scientific team from the UMass College of Natural Sciences who worked on this multi-year collaboration and visit the exhibition in the museum downstairs.

BREACH: LOGBOOK 24 | STACCATO is the result of a multi-year artist residency initiated by the museum in collaboration with the UMass College of Natural Sciences and partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The installation will fill the UMCA’s Main, East and West galleries with paintings, sculptures and video exploring the life and kinship ties of Staccato, a North Atlantic Right Whale killed by a ship strike in 1999. Staccato’s remains are housed in the UMass Natural History Collections.

The exhibition will be on view at the UMCA through May 10, and again this fall.