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The objects in this exhibit have lived multiple lives. As they have moved from one context to another, they have taken on different identities— commodities, ritual objects, pieces of art, living beings. Now they are residents of the Logan and Wright Museum collections, coming up from the basement for a brief encounter with you.
We hope that this exhibit will raise new questions about our relationships with objects, technologies, materials, and the sacred worlds they mediate. These objects have traveled the world before gathering together, yet their presence here is temporary. Where they go and what they do next in their lives is anyone’s guess. On exhibit through August 14th on the museum's first floor.
[Beloit: Sons and Daughters in War and Peace]
Stanley Edward Lathrop, class of 1869, was asked to compile the names of the veterans, an endeavor which took him until after WWI. “This book is a labor of love. Its compiler will never lose his love and reverence for dear old Alma Mater, who has produced such a multitude of loyal sons and daughters whose record in war and peace shines brightly on the scroll of fame.” This exhibit is a labor love and dedicated to the sometimes forgotten men and women of Beloit College who have served with the armed forces and those who sacrificed all in that service. May Beloit College continue to produce intelligent and strong individuals willing to take a stand for their beliefs, whatever they may be. Runs through Sunday, August 18th in the Memorial Hall Foyer on the museum's first floor.
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Ancient people whisper their stories to us through the traces of the lives they left behind. Archaeologists collect and record these whispers in the forms of objects, human remains, and careful observations of the built environment. Excavations by Beloit College students at Starkweather Ruin, a Mogollon culture site, near Reserve, New Mexico in the 1930s illustrate how these traces are collected, and, taken together, what they can reveal about ancient lives. On the Museum’s first floor. Closes Sunday July 28th 2013.
[Object Investigations 2013]
Together, the Logan Museum of Anthropology and Wright Museum of Art curate over 400,000 objects. Have you ever wondered how these objects made their way to Beloit, how they were made, or the significance to the people who made them? These are just a few of the questions collections management students investigated as part of their object study research project.
The Kuna Indians of Panama make molas, textile panels, composed of layers of colored cloth, cut and sewn to create elaborate figurative and geometric patterns, which are sewn onto the front and back of Kuna women's blouses. Wearing mola--traditional Kuna dress--is an ongoing visual statement of Kuna identity. In the 1960s mola production was commercialized and remains an important source of income for the Kuna. Mola Textiles: Expressions of Kuna Indian Identity explores the cultural significance and history of molas, and the impact of commercialization and the global economy on mola production. This exhibit will highlight the Logan Museum's extensive mola collection, which includes a recent acquisition of over 80 molas from Marianne and Robert Huber. Opens Tuesday January 29th in the Shaw Gallery on the museum’s second floor and runs through May 2013.