The Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum (UMM) is a flexible project space with a playful utopian sensibility, conceived as an intervention in suburban Irvine, California. As a curatorial experiment intended to decentralize circulation of contemporary practices, UMM integrates the sensory, poetic, political and affective dimensions of the everyday. UMM’s mission is to provide a shifting creative platform for contemporary art through exhibitions and social practice in a community setting. UMM is infrapolitics and feminist,  digging for the pleasure of doubt in the debris of heroic certainties. UMM is a space made visible by iteration over time, a way to simultaneously render and erase the lines dividing private and public, quotidian life and art, a house becoming art space and an art space welcoming neighbors. UMM is slow and shifting, kaleidoscopic and puzzling. UMM is conceived and directed by artist Mariángeles Soto-Díaz. 



The all media gallery [AM] is host to works using slow, old, new or news media, glitchy, error-driven work, experimental collaborative works, and analog-digital hybrids.


The fireplace gallery [F] has ashes of other F galleries, and is curated around ideas of affect and that which animates ordinary life, text as material, fire, hearth, wood/ash, and potentially incendiary issues, in no particular order.


The powder room gallery [PR] activates the spirits of Chicago, Duchamp, Manzoni and Sherrie Levine’s bathroom works by showing contemporary art based on grooming rituals, detritus, and works that use the bathroom as a stage.


Q: What is the Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum?
A: It’s an artist-run independent contemporary art space, part lemonade made with life’s lemons, part institutional critique, part suburban intervention, part resistance.

Q: Can you explain UMM’s lemonade?
A: UMM focuses on using contemporary art, in a suburban context, as a catalyst for what Alberto Moreira has termed “infrapolitics.” Understood as an everyday mode of resistance, infrapolitics offers an alternative to dominant notions of what constitutes political action. It is an understated, slow movement, one that infiltrates the status quo over time. It occupies an abstract, ambiguous zone of politics that is not as easily recognizable as such. Infrapolitics, in Moreira’s words, is an “attempt to determine, even to thematize, the conditions under which an alternative conception of the political could perhaps become manifest.” UMM is also a feminist space. It is simultaneously an art project and curatorial experiment that shifts through each iteration, knitting the functional logic of domestic, civic and cultural spaces.

Q: What do you mean by utopian, a hefty word used in your mission statement?
A: By utopian I mean a kind of systematic exploration of imagining a better future and new paths of resistance, using conceptual and ludic modes of critique of the status quo as igniting materials for creative praxis.

Q: Why the name? 
A: UMM came out of a need to re-imagine the idea of the museum with its museum-going-public to make an artist-run domestic space embedded in the neighborhood, one that becomes visible through iteration.

Q: Who supports the Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum?
A: UMM has yet to receive any grants, but donations are welcome and tax deductible via Fulcrum Arts’ Emerge fiscal sponsorship program, which offers organizations the ability to seek funding and provides guidance by an established non-profit.

Q: Where are you located?
A: Roughly, we are located 40 + miles South of Los Angeles County, in the middle of a county with a deceptively colorful name: