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Museum Mondays:Making Frank Proud

April 22, 2016

Mark your calendars: On Wednesday, May 4 at noon a milestone will be reached at the Logan Museum of Anthropology and you’re invited. That’s the day and time we will be recognizing student-curated exhibits in the museum. 

It will mark the first time that all five exhibit spaces in the museum feature exhibits installed by classes. We think this would make founding patron Frank Logan proud.

The lineup includes work from courses in Theatre, Dance and Media Studies, History, Writing, and Museum Studies.

Historians in Justin Pope’s Slavery and Abolition class will open an exhibit titled Indigenous Slaveries in the Americas in which they explore varieties of captivity in the Pre-Colombian Americas, ranging from northeastern North America to the western deserts of Peru in South America. Why did people take captives, what were the conditions of their captivity, and what might be a captive’s ultimate fate? This exhibit will open in the Cube gallery on the museum’s first floor.

Dirt, in its literal and figurative forms, is the subject of Christie Clancey’s writing class exhibit. The exhibit, which shares the class title, The Dirt on Dirt, will open in the Shaw Gallery on the museum’s second floor.  It explores the questions: Why are some things considered unclean? What rituals in our daily lives revolve around cleanliness and dirtiness? What makes you feel dirty? 

Theatre, Dance, and Media Studies students in Donna Thalman’s Textile Arts and Surface Design class are exhibiting creations inspired by Logan Museum objects selected by the students from across time and place. The exhibit, titled Textile Arts Past and Present, features, among other pieces, masks, clothing, textiles, and armor. You can see these objects, along with images of the artifacts that inspired them, in the Memorial Hall Foyer gallery on the museum’s first floor.

The museum and museum studies program’s ongoing series of Object Investigations opened earlier in the semester in the Shaw Gallery on the museum’s second floor. This exhibit features artifacts used by students in Nicolette Meister’s Collections Management class. Each student researches and writes an extensive paper focused on a single object from either the Logan’s or Wright Museum of Art’s collection.

Finally, Watermarks: Water and the Human Experience depicts the ways communities use water in their daily lives. It shows how humans have used water as a means of transportation and adapted to the excess or absence of it. It explores the many myths around the world about water and the spiritual context of water. Museum studies students in Dan Bartlett’s Exhibition Design and Development class last fall created the exhibit which is in the Shaw Gallery on the Museum’s second floor.

The reception is scheduled from noon until 1:30 p.m. We will be serving sandwiches and other light fare in the Godfrey Lobby.

Museum Mondays:Making Frank Proud 

This French drawing, which dates to 1666, depicts captivity among the Seneca Indians of New York. Forms of slavery and captivity in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans is the focus of the new exhibit, Indigenous Slaveries in the Americas.