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Art, Ideas, & Politics Book Club

UMMA and Literati Bookstore invite you to join us for the Art, Ideas, & Politics Book Club to dig into the topics and ideas surrounding the UMMA exhibition Abstraction,Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s.


The Art, Ideas, & Politics Book Club, guided by Literati Bookstore's Creative
Programs Manager, Gina Balibrera Amyx, will meet every other month on the second Thursday, 12-1 p.m. in the exhibition gallery on the 2nd floor of the Museum. Pick and choose or come to all of them.


Books will be available for sale at Literati Bookstore as well as after book club
meetings at UMMA, at a 15% book club discount.


January 10: We kick off the series with a discussion of Soul of a Nation: Art in the
Age of Black Power, a survey that brings to life the important contributions of black
artists to the dramatic period in American history from 1963-83.


March 14: Join us for a discussion Art on My Mind, Visual Politics by bell hooks.
Always concerned with the liberatory black struggle, hooks positions her writings
on visual politics within the ever-present question of how art can be an empowering
and revolutionary force within the black community.


May 9: Ninth Street Women, by Mary Gabriel, has been described as “set amid the
most turbulent social and political period of modern times,” offering an
“exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world
of twentieth-century abstract painting–not as muses but as artists.”


July 11: In July, we will read the novel Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner.
Flamethrowers narrates the story of Reno, a female “Land Artist” who arrives in the
1970s conceptual art movement in NY. This finalist for the 2013 National Book
Award explores ideas surrounding conceptual art, meaning, performance, and
authenticity in art and life.

September 12: We close the series with How We Get Free, edited by Keeanga-
Yamahtta Taylor. The Combahee River Collective, a path-breaking group of radical
black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the
antiracist and women’s liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this
collection of essays and interviews, founding members of the organization and
contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of the Collective’s contributions to Black
feminism and its impact on today’s struggles.


UMMA gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their generous support of
this exhibition:


Lead Exhibition Sponsors: University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan
Medicine, and College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Exhibition Endowment Donors: Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund,
Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment, and Robert and Janet Miller Fund
University of Michigan Funding Partners: Institute for Research on Women and
Gender, School of Social Work, Department of Political Science, and Department of
Wome's Studies