Together, the Logan Museum of Anthropology and Wright Museum of Art curate over 400,000 objects. Have you ever wondered how these objects made their way to Beloit, how they were made, or the significance to the people who made them? These are just a few of the questions collections management students investigated as part of their object study research project. Spring-summer 2014
Museum Studies Exhibit Design and Development class project, Creation Stories: Craft, Culture, and Environment in Northeastern Native America. This exhibit features Native American objects from the Northeastern United States and Canada and looks at how intersections of nature and culture affect Native American art and craft.
Objects of Inspiration IV is an ongoing series of exhibits based on the work of Professor Christi Clancy’s creative writing class. For the fourth straight semester, students selected an object from the nearly 3700 objects in the Logan’s digital collections, came to the museum lab to “meet” their objects, and composed poetry based on their thoughts, feelings, and experience with the objects. Museum staff then installed the objects and poems they inspired together in the museum (1st floor through spring semester '14).
Ancient people whisper their stories to us through the traces of the lives they left behind. Archaeologists collect and record these whispers in the forms of objects, human remains, and careful observations of the built environment. Excavations by Beloit College students at Starkweather Ruin, a Mogollon culture site, near Reserve, New Mexico in the 1930s illustrate how these traces are collected, and, taken together, what they can reveal about ancient lives. On the Museum’s first floor.