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Programs and Tours


May 10

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 10, 2 pm - 3 pm

For more than 25 years, Los Angeles-based collectors Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard have built a world-class collection of contemporary art that is focused on men and male identity as its subject matter. The exhibition features more than 60 works by some of the most important names in late 20th and early 21st century art. The images are gathered into sections that examine the lives of men in contemporary Western societies—with all their contradictions—through themes of competition and solidarity, confrontation with identity, and diverse explorations of the body and sexuality (as both sign and experience). Join docents as they explore these themes.  

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

May 16

Saturday, May 16, 11:15 am - 12 pm

Children ages four to seven are invited to hear a story in the galleries. Stories will be followed by a short activity responding to the art on display. Parents must accompany children. Siblings are welcome to join the group. Meet in front of the UMMA Store.

categories: Family, Gallery Talks and Tours

May 17

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 17, 2 pm - 3 pm

UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

HE: The Hergott Shepard Photography Collection

Sunday, May 17, 3 pm - 4 pm

A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing

Growing up a queer boy in the Midwest, Jim Leija has spent a lifetime chasing (evading) the (elusive)(captivating)(terrifying) dream of American masculinit(y)(ies). In this interpretive journey through the exhibition of HE: The Hergott Shepard Photography Collection, Leija mashes up song, dance, memoir, sparkle, high heels, and perhaps a few quizzes from the internet to get to the heart of the matter: when the man gets away, where does he go? Questions will be plentiful; answers, but a few. Jim Leija is a performer, artist, and arts educator, and currently serves as the Director of Education & Community Engagement for UMS.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and the University of Michigan Health System. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs, Department of the History of Art, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Institute for the Humanities, and Residential College, and the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Gallery Talks and Tours

May 31

Guided Tour

Sunday, May 31, 2 pm - 3 pm

Inspired by a story by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal, Czech photographer Hana Hamplová created a memorable body of work during the 1970s based on how important paper and the written word are to civilization—including how easily writings and, consequently knowledge, can be lost. Join docents as they introduce this exhibition inspired by the Frank Gehry chair made of cardboard in UMMA’s Design Gallery, and of and the need to address how artists from different cultures (present day America and communist Czechoslovakia) view a commodity as common as paper.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours