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Museum Monday: End-of-semester reception features research on Indus Valley

December 9, 2013 at 7:52 am

Everyone at Beloit is very busy at the end of the semester, and the Logan Museum of Anthropology is no exception. A flurry of activity surrounding recent and upcoming unveilings of new, student-curated exhibits at the Logan is keeping students and staff hopping. Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on now, and what you can see at the museum’s fall reception on Wednesday.

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Just before Thanksgiving, Professor Rama Viswanathan’s FYI presented a poster session in the museum summarizing the class’s research on ancient Indus Valley civilization. Several students worked on the ten Indus Valley seal impressions curated at the Logan. The Indus civilization included some of the world’s earliest cities, and its writing system is one of the last remaining undeciphered scripts. Students researched this complex society and did innovate work such as 3-D scanning of the seal impressions. The students’ posters and the seal impressions are on exhibit in the Foyer of Memorial Hall through February.

Objects of Inspiration IV is an ongoing series of exhibits based on the work of Professor Christi Clancy’s creative writing class. For the fourth straight semester, students selected an object from the nearly 3,700 objects in the Logan’s digital collections, came to the museum lab to “meet” their objects, and composed poetry based on their thoughts, feelings, and experience with the objects. Museum staff then installed the objects and poems they inspired together in the Shaw Gallery on the Museum’s second floor. Objects of Inspiration IV will open on Wednesday (Dec. 11). In this photo below, students from the class ponder their chosen objects.MM 120913 2

Also opening Wednesday is the Museum Studies Exhibit Design and Development class project, Creation Stories: Craft, Culture, and Environment in Northeastern Native America. This exhibit features Native American objects from the Northeastern United States and Canada and looks at how intersections of nature and culture affect Native American art and craft. Working in small curatorial teams, students in the class selected objects, conducted research, drafted label text, designed exhibit cases, and installed the final product. In this photo, a student solders a mount for the exhibit.

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A fall reception will take place this Wednesday from 4 p.m.to 5:45 p.m. at the Logan Museum. "It’s the last day of classes, so come and unwind with us, or stop by for a few minutes between Academic Senate and the Dean’s conviviality," says Dan Bartlett.