The Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum (UMM) is an artist-run project with a peculiar sensibility. It is organic and unfinished in its form of resistance, conceived as an intervention in a planned community and ur-suburb in Orange County, California. It provides a shifting platform for contemporary art through exhibitions and events in a community setting. As a local experiment intended to decentralize the circulation of contemporary art practices, UMM materializes the practice of knitting the functional logic of domestic, civic and cultural threads. Made visible by iteration over time, UMM simultaneously renders and erases the lines dividing private and public, a domestic space becoming art space and an art space welcoming neighbors, but not always. UMM is kaleidoscopic and puzzling. It is conceived, run and directed by artist Mariángeles Soto-Díaz.
If you wish to contact UMM or join the mailing list, put a white flag on your window. If that doesn’t work, please email hola [at] unconfirmedmakeshiftmuseum [dot] org.
You may support UMM by making a tax-deductible donation via its fiscal sponsor, Fulcrum Arts.
Q: Why the name?
A: UMM came out of a need to re-imagine the idea of the solid, white cube museum with its museum-going-public, to make space for social practice and contemporary art embedded in the neighborhood, made visible through word of mouth and iteration.
Q: Is Social Practice in contemporary art just another term for activism?
A: Sometimes Social Practice takes the form of successful activist campaigns, but ambiguity as an element in art making is often incorporated to inspire or activate communities.
Q: Are artists who incorporate Social Practice social creatures by nature?
A: Not necessarily.
Q: Who supports the Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum?
A: UMM is a labor of love and 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:
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. [Work by Luis G. Hernandez]
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. [Work by Diana-Sofía Estrada]
The powder room gallery [PR] honors the spirit of Antonieta Sosa, Judy Chicago, Marcel Duchamp, Piero Manzoni and Sherrie Levine’s work by showing contemporary art based on grooming rituals, detritus, and works that use the bathroom as a stage.
The physical space for Untested Address is drawn on the small UMM patio by copper metal pipes, creating a malleable platform for circulatory systems of the creative process.
UMM’s welcome sign on the entry gate.
A makeshift welcome for one of UMM’s exhibitions.