The Wright Museum of Art is proud to present an exhibition of historic dresses in its courtyard gallery opening this week and running through April 5. Beloit College honor’s term student Emily Nissen’16 curated the exhibit from more than 400 pieces of antique clothing and textiles dating as far back as 1860. Her choices will feature two beaded dresses from the 1920s, a WWII nurse's outfit, and a few of the oldest pieces in the collection.
Nissen’s exhibit is the culmination of years of work spent identifying and cataloging the “Historic Costume Collection” of the Neese Theatre at Beloit College. The Historic Costume Collection is unique and represents 150 years of fashion, donated to the theatre by alumni and the Beloit community. This assemblage of clothing, that also includes shoes, hats, capes, scarves, and corsets, has helped to inspire pieces used in theatrical productions and are now primarily museum objects.
Nissen, a religious studies major with an interest in theater and costuming, added her passion for textiles and historic dress to this ongoing theater department project. There have been attempts to photograph and catalog the collection by other students, but none had been able to give it the attention it required. Over the course of two semesters, Nissen has digitally documented more than 200 articles of clothing, adding them to an internal database that students and faculty can access.
Help save Princess Zelda! Opening this week is an exhibit curated by the students in David Boffa’s ARTH 285. The class centers on the theme of the Legend of Zelda, the infamous video game creation from Nintendo that has spawned multiple iterations of games, literature, and a cult-like following. Using artwork from the collection of the Wright Museum, Boffa’s students explore themes developed through the class. Titled “Converging Worlds: Link and The Hero’s Journey” the exhibit also features not one, but two playable versions of the Zelda video games. The exhibit opens at 4 p.m. on March 23. Refreshments will be served.