Inspired by a recent purchase of a Titus Kaphar painting, I am heading up a project titled Unsettling Histories that will lead to the reinstallation of our Marvin H. and Mary M. Davidson Gallery of European and American art, 1650-1830. The reinstallation will juxtapose contemporary works by artists such as Kara Walker and Tyree Guyton, with 17th, 18th, & 19th-century European and American portraiture and contemporaneous photographs of Indigenous peoples and African American individuals, all aiming to present a more complex version of European and American art history, and offer an exploration of the legacies of slavery and colonization that are evident in art collections.
Ozi Uduma is a graduate of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2014). She was born and raised in Detroit and is of Nigerian descent. Currently, she is the Assistant Curator of Global Contemporary Art at the niversity of Michigan Museum of Arts. Outside of her work at UMMA, she is a member of the Seraphine Collective.