New exhibit at UMMA encourages audience participation in Ann Arbor

Vote on your favorite photos during the fall exhibit

Photos from the private collection of Peter J. Cohen. Credit | University of Michigan Museum of Art.
Photos from the private collection of Peter J. Cohen. Credit | University of Michigan Museum of Art.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – People are being encouraged vote on their favorite "ordinary" photographs at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and participate in its newest exhibit. 

Launching on Sept. 21, "Take Your Pick: Collecting Found Photographs" encourages Ann Arborites and museum visitors to vote on their favorite photographs from the private collection of Peter J. Cohen -- whose collection of over 60,000 photos from flea markets captures brief but dynamic moments in people's lives across the United States and Europe. 

There will be 1,000 photos to choose from and 250 of the most well-received photos will make their way into the UMMA's permanent collection of 20th century American photography. 

Photos from the private collection of Peter J. Cohen. Credit | University of Michigan Museum of Art.

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During the digital age, where physical photographs are becoming increasingly more rare, the collection stands to demonstrate the importance of personal photos and of their artifact-like nature as representatives of culture. 

Visitors can vote on their favorite photos from Sept. 21 through Jan. 12, 2020. Final selections will be on view in the ArtGym until Feb. 23, 2020. 

Throughout the rest of 2019, there will be various events related to the exhibit, including an interactive tour with UMMA assistant curator of photography, Jennifer M. Friess on Dec. 8. Registration for event can be found here. 

Photos from the private collection of Peter J. Cohen. Credit | University of Michigan Museum of Art.

The University of Michigan Museum of Art is free and open to the public. Galleries are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The UMMA is located at 525 S. State St.

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