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Museum Monday: Classes that Curate

January 27, 2017
By Christa Story

Museum Monday: Classes that Curate

Drawing upon the Wright Museum of Art's collection, students and faculty from across campus have the opportunity to curate exhibitions based on courses they are enrolled in this spring.  Professors and students worked with Wright staff to make acquisitions that will enhance their exhibitions and expand the permanent collection.

Three exhibits are being put together by classes this semester. The first, on display now in the Exhibition Lab, is a group of famous images depicting health issues in the Spanish-speaking world. Looking at these images students in Sylvia Lopez's Health and Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World will use this exhibition as an exercise in language study emphasizing cultural values, beliefs, and practices, while learning specialized vocabulary needed to discuss and write about health issues.
Also in the Exhibition Lab, objects acquired for Susan Furukawa's course, Japanese Civilization: Narratives of War and Peace in Japan, are on display. This class merges study of Japanese culture and society with study of language using historical texts and museum publications—and discussing the way these materials portray certain aspects of Japan's wartime past. New acquisitions include recently released photographs by Dorothea Lange of U.S. Japanese internment camps and WWII political propaganda posters related to Japan.

Museum Monday: Classes that Curate 

In the Neese Gallery, located on the second floor of the museum, Green Romanticism: Nature and the Nonhuman is on view. This student-curated exhibition, put together by Tamara Ketabgian's Studies in Romantic Literature class, explores evolving Romantic concepts of nature, the nonhuman, ecology, and landscape.

The majority of works were selected from the permanent collection, but new acquisitions were also made. Four illustrations by Gustav Doré for Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and two mezzotints by well-known printmakers after paintings by J.M.W. Turner are among these recently acquired. There will be a reception for this exhibition, Wednesday, March 22, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Wright Museum of Art.

The Wright Museum of Art encourages faculty and students from across campus to develop exhibitions. Class visits to collections, and class-curated exhibitions like these, provide students a creative engagement between text and image, which ultimately fosters deeper understanding of the material.

To learn how you can use the collection in your class, please contact Christa Story, collections manager and exhibitions coordinator.