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July 31

Guided Tour

Sunday, July 31, 2–3 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

The Connoisseurs' Legacy: The Collection of Nesta and Walter Spink celebrates gifts to the museum from two accomplished scholars with eclectic interests, a keen appreciation of form, and a love of learning from objects. Nesta Spink, curator at UMMA from 1967 to 1979, is regarded as the preeminent authority on the lithographs of J McNeill Whistler. U-M professor emeritus Walter Spink is a world-renowned specialist on early Buddhist art and architecture in India. UMMA docents will discuss the exquisite Whistler prints, a rich representation of South Asian folk art, and other highlights from their gifts.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road

Sunday, July 31, 3–4 p.m.

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 Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

In 700 Nimes Road, photographer Catherine Opie creates a portrait of the icon Elizabeth Taylor by capturing the intimate spaces and personal treasures that make up the actress’s home in Bel Air, California. Join Assistant Curator of Photography, Jennifer Friess, for an exploration of how Opie’s images reveal facets of Taylor’s identity from the humble to the glamorous.  

Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. This exhibition is made possible with lead support provided by J.P. Morgan Private Bank and major support from Jamie McCourt, and Gilena Simons.
Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, and Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Department of the History of Art, Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, and Department of American Culture. 

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program