Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

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  1. Frank Thompson - 1976

    A perfect metaphor for the state of intellectual curiosity, tolerance, and freedom at the university of Michigan. Bravo!

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    • Angela Bazzi - 2001

      I agree!

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  2. C Biane - 1983

    So in the same email you talk about “food insecurity” and a large ugly piece of art that probably cost a pretty penny to obtain and install. Perhaps the $$ from one could have gone instead to the other?! That thing looks like it came from the USSR. So glad I’m still NOT donating to the U

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    • Deborah Holdship

      The sculpture came by way of a gift to the University.

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  3. Nancy Hart - 1963

    Interesting. Especially since this is the day that my granddaughter is being retrieved from campus by her family, due to Covid restrictions. She will not march with the band, or take classes in person. This sculpture seems to embody a reaction….

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    • Raymond Rapaport - 1975

      …so now you’re seeking two more donors for the hear-no-evil and speak-no-evil bookends to this thing?
      I was a freshman and living in West Quad and when I discovered the joys of interacting with art firsthand as I spun the cube and then grabbed on for a gentle ride around, didn’t ever understand the art intended but enjoyed its presence in my life coming and going, and that all turned to a small town pride when I discovered the cube’s twin in Greenwich Village years later. But a giant face closing out the world with its hands? Are Frank ’76 and Angela ’01 serious that this thing actively shutting the world out, that’s representative of the U’s “intellectual curiosity, tolerance, and freedom?” It might be the truth, sadly that’s how things have been during recent times all over the US, but is that the message the U really thinks it should share about itself with visitors to the campus and impose on members of the U community spending all their working hours in close proximity while at least some of them are trying to do the best they can do with their time in Ann Arbor? Could the attitude of the closing off, shutting out, could that have brought Rostropovich to play at Hill Aud in 1975? Really?

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  4. Ethel Larsen - 1972

    Interesting choice outside a museum of the VISUAL arts. Some depiction of curiosity or perception would seem more appropiate to me.

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  5. Alisande Cutler - 1960

    Hands over its eyes? I think it should be renamed “2020”!

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    • MaryEllen Vaydik - 1964

      You beat me to it, Alisande.

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  6. Anon Ymous

    It is interesting to see the comments posted by alumni who graduated from UofM long ago and raise concerns that I would see resonate very much with current students and faculty on campus. There is a whole issue about the meaning of this humongous sculpture, which probably cost a small fortune, and the meaning and relevance of museum art in general. Is it even ethical for this kind of donation to be considered by the university without some sort of mechanism by which part of the donation, or some type of cost sharing, would necessarily have to go to support people in dire need, including students who are facing food insecurity, or who may not be able to keep up with the cost of attending UofM if one or both their parents have lost their jobs or most of their wages for most of 2020 due to the pandemic?

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