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UMMA to have temporary location from 2006-08

The U-M Museum of Art (UMMA) will operate a temporary exhibition space at 1301 S. University Ave., at the corner of South Forest Avenue, from June 2006 through mid-2008 while the museum undergoes an expansion and restoration project.

Located immediately adjacent to Central Campus, near the Forest Avenue parking structure, the 4,000 square-foot space will house temporary exhibitions as well as a modest museum store. It will be leased from the First Martin Corporation.

The restoration planned for the museum's current home in Alumni Memorial Hall requires that the existing museum close for a period of more than two years, projected to begin in late June 2006. During this time, museum offices will be relocated to the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. For safety and preservation purposes, most of the museum's collections will be placed in storage for the duration of the construction period.

"The museum has been committed to maintaining its service to the University and the broader community as best we can during this important transitional period. I'm delighted that the museum will be able to retain a lively Central Campus presence," UMMA Director James Steward says. "The South University neighborhood is an especially vibrant student area, with easy access for the general public, and we look forward to engaging both communities energetically."

The museum will present four to five exhibitions per year in the temporary space. "The limited amount of space we will have available suggested that we look at a focused exhibition schedule that built on certain themes and artistic media," Steward says.

The first year's slate of exhibitions will focus on photography and the moving image, and will include proto-cinematic sculpture by New York artist Gregory Barsamian; "Landscape/Land Use," which will present six contemporary artists exploring topographical imagery and its implications for modern society; "Embracing Eatonville," a photographic survey of Eatonville, Fla., the oldest black incorporated town in the United States and the hometown of celebrated Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston; and "Imagining Eden: Connecting Landscapes," a long-term study of idealized human-made landscapes by California artist Lyle Gomes.

Ten-foot ceilings and exposed brick walls will lend a downtown ambience appropriate to the exploratory projects planned for the space, to create a sophisticated exhibition environment, Steward says. Public hours will be adjusted to encourage more diverse social uses of the space and its exhibitions; additional evening hours are planned. More structured educational visits by University and K-12 classes will continue and exhibition tours will be presented in the temporary space. Details on hours and programs will be made available in the spring.

For more information on the renovation, see:

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