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Spring at the Wright and Logan museums

January 16, 2011


The college’s museums are ready to welcome everyone back for the spring semester with a slate of exhibitions covering everything from body art to Native American quillwork to art created by student athletes. Remember: this weekly feature in the Terrarium—Museum Mondays—will keep you up-to-date on happenings at the Logan and Wright museums as well as programs, collections, and even individual pieces.

Coming up at the Logan…

The first floor of the Logan Museum of Anthropology features a new series of temporary exhibits created by students in Dan Bartlett’s Exhibit Design and Development class last fall:

  • Molly McCracken’12: The Shape of Paper explores different media used for writing.
  • John Lutz’11: Set in Stone: Physical Permanence in Culture looks at how culture is trapped in the stone objects people make and leave behind.
  • Emily Irwin’11: From the Beginning: Modern American Indian Landscapes examines the work of three contemporary Native American artists.
  • Josh Onsgard’11: New Anthropologie: Shoes and Bags shows how fashion is a cultural construct.
  • Claire Whitmore’11: Painting the Roses Red explores the meanings of the color red and how things become red.
  • Lauren Saad’12: Quillwork in Children’s Clothing: The Process and Its Origins looks at Native American objects decorated with porcupine quills.
  • Grace Chamberlain’12: Gold: Creating Cultural Connections examines how gold has influenced cultural exchange.
  • Julia Friberg’12: Paths to Enlightenment reveals important figures in Buddhism connected with the preservation of the dharma.
  • Neal Conway’12: Wealth and Power: The Significance of Shells, Teeth, and Feathers in Papua New Guinea shows how certain cultures regard items as prized possessions that others might think useless.

Also, two exhibits curated by recent graduates continue in the Logan Museum’s east foyer: Veins of Turquoise in Navajo and Zuni Life by Kelsey Parman’10 and To Show Our Reverence: Beloit, the Civil War, and Memorial Hall by Anna Rusk’08.

The Logan Museum of Anthropology’s world-famous “cube,” with over 6,000 Native American objects is located on the museum’s main floor. If you haven’t seen this two-level glass-enclosed study and storage facility, make it a point to do so. Once you get past the “wow” factor, think about (and tell the museum staff, they’d like to know!) how you think the cube can be helpful in your classes or personal education and edification.

The Logan Museum’s second floor is still closed in connection with building renovations but will reopen later this semester.

Coming up at the Wright…

At the Wright Museum of Art, the new exhibit Art of the Ancient Mediterranean, curated by Kayla Kramer’11, opens on Friday, Jan. 21 in the Neese Gallery on the second floor. It continues through Feb. 25.

The Wright Museum has scheduled a rich array of additional exhibitions and programs for the spring semester, curated by faculty and students alike, such as:

  • Monumental Brasses: New Acquisitions from the Bausum Family Collection. North Gallery, Jan. 21 through Feb. 18.
  • Traditional Art and Immigration: Chinese Opera in New York, by Alan Govenar and Documentary Arts. Reception and gallery talk, March 18.
  • Beloit Tattoos & The Shape of Things, curated by Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography and New Media Sarah Stonefoot.
  • History of Body Art, curated by Molly Steigerwald’12.
  • Mediating the Divine, curated by Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
  • Karen Gonzalez Rice. Student gallery talks March 3 and 17.
  • Artletics: Artwork from Student Athletes.
  • The annual Senior Art Exhibition will open in all Wright Museum galleries on April 15.

The Wright Museum’s Wanda Hollensteiner Gallery features Highlights from the Permanent Collection and Andy Warhol: Polaroid Portraits. Community members are invited to visit and revisit this first-floor gallery, which was completely renovated in 2009.

Pretty amazing set of exhibits and programs for one semester at one college, if we do say so ourselves. Spread the word, and check the portal to the museums’ websites. Both museums are open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day except Mondays and college holidays. The museums’ gift shop, in Godfrey at the Logan Museum entrance, is open the same hours. Hope to see you there!