The University Museum for Contemporary Art Announces Fall Exhibitions

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The University Museum for Contemporary Art will feature three exhibits in fall 2019.

Leonardo Drew: “Cycles”

From the collections of Jordan D. Shnitzer and his Family Foundation

On View: Sept. 20 through Dec. 8

Reception for the artist: Sept. 19 from 4 to 7:30 p.m

During the past 30 years, Leonardo Drew has become best known for his installations, both sweeping in scale and intimate in detail, which transform materials such as cotton, metal, animal hides, and wood — often oxidizing, burning, and decaying them — into something completely different from their original state.

At the reception for the artist, Leonardo Drew will be part of a panel discussion from 4:30–5:30 p.m. with collector Jordan D. Schnitzer; master printer Ruth Lingen; and curator Lauren Haynes. The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, Sept. 20. 

Avital Sagalyn: “A Life of Exploration”

On view: Oct. 4 through Dec. 8

Reception for the artist: Oct. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. 

This retrospective, curated by a team of three UMass Art History undergraduate students, includes works on canvas and paper, textile designs and sculptures, mostly made in the 1940s and 1950s.

In presenting Avital’s first museum exhibition, the UMCA will provide a glimpse into the range of the artist’s work and her rich cultural history that spans three continents. Included in the exhibition is a selection of the artist’s cubist and abstract works. Sagalyn lives in Amherst.

“Fielding: Goldenrod — An Exploration of Connections”

A pop-up exhibition by UMCA/NHC artist-in-residence Emily Tareila

On view: Wednesdays in September and October, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting Sept. 11 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Sept. 11 from  5 to 7 p.m. 

The third exhibition is “Fielding: Goldenrod, An Exploration of Connections,” the first pop-up exhibition organized by the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) and the UMass Natural History Collections (NHC), curated by recent MFA graduate Emily Tareila. This inaugural collaborative project brings an artist’s perspective to the NHC and offers a new way for students and the public to engage with the natural world, and with the rich collections NHC has to offer. This pop-up exhibition will take place in 144 Morrill Science Center 2 South.