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“Take Your Pick” exhibition selection – UM Museum of Art

September 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Date:  Friday, September 20

Time & Location:  2:00 pm, UM Museum of Art

UMMA invites Museum Studies Program students to an exclusive meet and greet with collector Peter Cohen, whose photographs are the subject of UMMA’s upcoming interactive exhibition Take Your Pick.  Take Your Pick invites you—the Museum’s visitors—to select photographs for our permanent collection.


What belongs in a permanent collection, and why? Who and what should be represented, and how should we decide? This exhibition considers these questions in regard to 1,000 amateur photographs on loan from the private collection of Peter J. Cohen, who has gathered more than 60,000 snapshots while exploring flea markets in the United States and Europe over two decades. The images he has collected depict all aspects of daily life and reveal the dynamic histories of amateur photography.


Join us for an exclusive sneak preview with Peter Cohen and Assistant Curator of Photography Jennifer Friess for a discussion about this unique crowdsourcing experiment on Friday, September 20, 2-3 p.m. at UMMA.


Attendees will have the opportunity to cast votes and participate in the interactive components of the exhibition which opens to the public the following day.


Space is limited so we ask that students RSVP no later than September 16 to secure their spot to [email protected].


UMMA Take Your Pick Poster


September 20, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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