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U-M Museum of Art to receive major donation

The U-M Museum of Art (UMMA) has been selected to receive a gift of 50 works of art from New York collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, with the help of the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The gifts are part of a national gifts program entitled The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States. It will distribute 2,500 works from the Vogels' collection of contemporary art throughout the nation, with 50 works going to a selected art institution in each of the 50 states.

Artists whose work is being donated to UMMA include Will Barnet, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis, Charles Clough, Claudia DeMonte, Richard Francisco, Michael Goldberg, Don Hazlitt, Jene Highstein, Peter Hutchinson, Martin Johnson, Steve Keister, Mark Kostabi, Ronnie Landfield, Jill Levine, Robert Lobe, Michael Lucero, Joseph Nechvatal, Robert Nonas, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Yinka Shonibare, Daryl Trivieri and Richard Tuttle, whose work is especially well represented in the gift.

"The University of Michigan Museum of Art is thrilled to have been selected as Michigan's representative institution to receive works of art from such visionary collectors," says UMMA Director James Steward. "This gift is a dynamic complement to our renewed focus on contemporary art, including the launch of a new signature exhibition series to be known as UMMA Projects with our reopening in the spring."

The best-known aspects of the Vogel Collection are minimal and conceptual art, but these donations also explore numerous directions of the post-minimalist period, including works of a figurative and expressionist nature. Primarily a collection of drawings, the 2,500 works the Vogels are donating also include paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints by more than 170 contemporary artists, mainly working in the United States.

UMMA has more than 18,000 American, Asian and European objects collected during the last 150 years.

In spring 2009 UMMA will unveil a transformative $41.9 million expansion and restoration of its historic facility. The project — designed by Brad Cloepfil and his firm Allied Works Architecture — will more than double the original museum; key features include dramatically expanded collections and exhibitions galleries, open storage galleries, state-of-the-art storage and conservation facilities, a 225-seat auditorium, classrooms and event spaces to serve multiple audiences concurrently, expanded public programming, café and expanded Museum Store, and extended open hours.

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