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Museum Mondays: FYI class explores the art of identity

May 5, 2013

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The spring First Year Initiative course taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Art & Art History Caitlin Bass has installed an exhibit of a personal nature at the Wright Museum of Art. Encased on the second floor of the museum, these new students were tasked with choosing objects that reflect their identities now that they have had almost a full semester of college. Addressing an issue as fluid as identity during a very transitional time in the lives of these students was quite challenging; and though they agreed it was difficult, they were up to the task. Included in the exhibit is a note addressed to Beloiters, signed by the Spring FYI class:

“Dear Beloiter…

“You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions.

-The Breakfast Club, John Hughes, 1985

People see you how they want to see you in the simplest of terms, in the most convenient definitions. That’s what we all thought of each other when coming to Beloit College. We saw each other in one light but not the many we all have to offer. We came in as strangers, but we continue as friends.

This exhibit is our attempt to show you, the current student body, not only our interests but our real identities, where we come from, who we come from, our culture, our lifestyles, and who we are. Ultimately we are here to give you all a look into our rooms. Our new dorm rooms that hold our most precious belongings, here at Beloit College. Each piece is a part of us and tells some sort of story about us. So look beyond the simplest terms and most convenient definitions, and see us for who we are.

Sincerely yours,

FYI Spring 2013”