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June 26

Guided Tour

Sunday, June 26, 2–3 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

Manuel Álvarez Bravo spent nearly his entire career photographing his native Mexico. His style drew upon numerous international influences including, among others, Modernism andSurrealism. Although not strictly Surrealist, many of Álvarez Bravo’s works manifest a similarly fantastical mood. One of the artist’s most arresting qualities is his ability to imbue scenes of everyday life with an otherworldly, metaphysical power. The photographs in the exhibition, from UMMA’s collections, show the artist using motifs drawn from Mexican religious and indigenous works as well as plant forms, in a Modernist approach to image making. UMMA docents will discuss these motifs and the artist’s use of light as a metaphor and revealer of life, animating even the emptiest and most silent of Álvarez Bravo’s scenes. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

Catie Newell: Overnight

Sunday, June 26, 3–4 p.m.

Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery
This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

Photographed in nearby Detroit, Catie Newell’s new images from her series Nightly frame scenes of the urban landscape illuminated at night. The resulting large-scale photographs transform mundane views of city streets into luminous vignettes that reveal surprising views of familiar spaces. Join newly arrived Assistant Curator of Photography, Jennifer Friess, for a guided exploration of Newell’s intriguing photographs and learn how artificial light has been used to shape our experience of urban spaces throughout the last century.

Lead support for the exhibition Catie Newell: Overnight is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program