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University Museum of Contemporary Art
Fine Arts Center University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

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University Museum of Contemporary Art
Du Bois in Our Time Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, September 27, 2013
5 to 7:30 pm

Opening Remarks: State Senator Stan Rosenberg

Star of Ethiopia installation sketch
Jefferson Pinder
Star of Ethiopia installation sketch
Du Bois in Our Time Exhibition
September 10 - December 8, 2013


DU BOIS IN OUR TIME is a landmark exhibition that focuses on the intersection of art and the major issues of our time, centered on the legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois and the causes he championed. The University Museum of Contemporary Art is commissioning ten internationally acclaimed American, Canadian, and West African artists, whose work is socially engaged and research-based, to offer an aesthetic contribution to the rethinking of Du Bois through today’s lens.

Participating artists are Radcliffe Bailey; Mary Evans; Brendan Fernandes; LaToya Ruby Frazier; Julie Mehretu; Ann Messner; Jefferson Pinder; Tim Rollins & KOS; Mickalene Thomas; and Carrie Mae Weems. These artists, who work in a variety of mediums and are at different stages in their careers, will investigate Du Bois’ influence today, using the vast W.E.B. Du Bois Archives at UMass Amherst for their research, along with the collaboration of five Du Bois scholars. The specially commissioned works of art for the exhibitions will have been created via a process where committed research, access to the online UMass Amherst Du Bois Archive, along with collaboration and correspondence with Du Bois scholars inform an innovative approach to artistic expression. Renowned scholars will collaborate with the artists to support the artistic process through the generation of ideas, themes, and directions. Participating scholars are: James T. Campbell, Stanford University; David Glassberg, UMass Amherst; Saidiya V. Hartman, Columbia University; Reiland Rabaka, University of Colorado; and William Strickland, UMass Amherst.

Du Bois in Our Time related events


November 4
Du Bois: The Early Social Practitioner
With Artist and Urban Planner Theaster Gates
Thompson Hall, Room 104, 5:00PM

November 13
Color Lines of Education
A Conversation with Chris Tinson, Professor of African American Studies, Hampshire College; Bill Strickland, Professor of Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst; and Jason G. Irizarry, Director of Urban Education, Associate Professor Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies, UMass Amherst
Fine Arts Center Lobby, UMass Amherst, 5:00 PM

November 16
Open Your Eyes
Conversation with James Smethurst, Professor of Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst and Kelli Morgan, Ph.D. candidate on African American Art since Du Bois.
PAHMUSA, Springfield, 2:00 PM

November 20
Voices of Protest 
A Conversation about Du Bois and Social Movements of his Time with Barbara Krauthamer, Professor of History, UMass Amherst; Nick Bromell, Prof of American Studies, UMass Amherst; and others
Fine Arts Center Lobby, UMass Amherst, 5:00 PM

UMCA maintains a Permanent Collection of approximately 2,600 objects with an emphasis on drawings, prints and photographs from the second half of the 20th century. Selections from the Collection are regularly incorporated into the exhibition program and frequent use is made of the Collection for purposes of study and research by classes from the Five College area. Please visit the home page of the University Gallery for more information about our current exhibition and upcoming events.


is the visual arts showcase of the Fine Arts Center on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Located in the Fine Arts Center complex, which was designed by the architectural firm of Roche and Dinkeloo, the Gallery opened to the public in 1975 with the mandate to contribute to the cultural vitality of Western Massachusetts by presenting exhibitions of contemporary art in all media. In addition to welcoming student, regional and national viewing audiences, the Gallery encourages the creative process by providing artists with opportunities to explore their ideas in a highly supportive environment.


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