The coming end of the semester brings with it the unveiling of four new student-curated exhibits at the Logan Museum of Anthropology.
Students in Nicki Werner’s Introduction to Sculpture class have combined elements of Logan Museum artifacts with found objects. The resulting juxtapositions make interesting comments on consumer culture, authenticity, and the privileging of objects in museum contexts. Several of the students’ pieces will be exhibited in the Shaw Gallery on the museum’s second floor starting on May 7.
Franny Alfano’15’s exhibit, titled Playing Indian: Examining the History of Appropriation at Beloit though Photos, uses photos from the Logan Museum and College archives and to explore cultural appropriation on campus in the 1930s and 1960s. Playing Indian opens in the Foyer Gallery on the museum’s first floor on May 7.
Finally, two class exhibits will occupy the same space at the same time. These are Object Investigations 2015, this year’s installment of the ongoing series of exhibits highlighting artifact research conducted by members of Nicolette Meister’s collections management class. Ten objects from among the collections of the Logan and the Wright Museum of Art were subjected to close scrutiny of their cultural contexts, histories, and conditions. Students summarized their research in a 150 word object label for the exhibit. Students in Fran Abbate’s creative writing class (themed “The Short of It”) used the same ten objects as inspiration for 150 word creative pieces. These students knew nothing about the identities or original contexts of the objects before writing. Their object labels will be paired with the objects in a concurrent exhibit titled None of the Objects was Edible. The resulting pair of exhibits making use of the same objects should provide an interesting lens through which to see how objects can have different meanings for different people in different circumstances. Objects Investigations and None of the Objects was Edible will share cases in the Shaw Gallery on the museum’s second floor starting on April 22.
The Logan Museum will host a reception to show off these new exhibits on Thursday, May 7 (study day) from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Lunch will be served. Watch the Terrarium for details.
And don’t forget to check out the Logan’s current exhibit Altered States: Psychoactives, Culture and Consciousness which explores how people around the world have used natural substances to change their moods, thought processes, behaviors, and levels of awareness.