This page contains images and descriptions of previous exhibitions I have taken part in curating. Enjoy this glimpse into my portfolio!
The Wonder Smith: Children’s Book Illustrations of Boris Artzybasheff”
May 6, 2013 – May 19, 2013, Tufts University Art Gallery
Most recently, I took part in a graduate exhibition course at Tufts University: History 290: Exhibition Planning. Taken as part of my chosen course elective for my museum studies graduate certificate, the (18!) students were tasked with researching, designing, and installing an exhibit from start to finish, and in only one semester with a $3500 budget! This differed from the Workshop, since we came up with the concept for the exhibition as well, including layout, even though we still had a collection already chosen for us by the professors. “The Wonder Smith” utilized a collection of illustrations created by Russian-borne illustrator Boris Artzybasheff between the 1920s and the 1930s, during the heyday of children’s books. A collection of his works are now held in the collections of the Boston Public Library, which graciously lent them to us for the exhibition.
The exhibition sought to introduce the viewer to the various techniques employed by the artist for his works, and how he utilized them to create his globally-influenced aesthetic. To do this, we incorporated a discussion of the books’ narratives around the perimeter, with displays on technique in the center, while the focal point of the space was a “book nook.” This allowed visitors to peruse actual copies of the books, as well as other Caldecott award winners, to see how Artzybasheff and his works fit within the context of the medium.
Each student had various roles throughout the class. Mine included choosing the artwork as part of the Artifact Management Team (and filling out condition reports when they arrived!), hanging said works, and even proposing our layout. I’m happy to say that the final layout was essentially my vision, with mainly only the changes that were required due to circumstances out of our control. I also lent a hand to painting and was the one responsible for locking up the gallery in the evenings after we finished installing (I also work at the gallery as a ‘Gallery Ambassador’) Of course, everyone had a hand in label writing and painting.
Take a look at some other photos from the installation and opening of ‘The Wonder Smith’ here!
Fall Semester 2010 through Spring 2011, Wright Museum of Art
While the prior examples were full exhibitions, this show was a simple display I curated as part of a program within the Spiritual Life Program at Beloit. The program was called “Prayerbooking” and sought to have its members consider the various ways one could pray (music, art, poetry, ‘actual prayer,’ etc) and compile it into a scrapbook of sorts. The Beloit College Art Department, which controls a few cases on the second floor of the Wright Museum, graciously allowed us use of one to display these prayerbooks at the end of the semester, as a culmination of our spiritual endeavours. Aesthetically, we utilized brown sketching paper and charcoal from the art room, to create that homemade feel. The display came down in the Spring of 2011, while I was abroad.
– Photo to Come –
The Culture of Glide Reflections: What Art Can Tell About People
Fall Semester 2010, Beloit College Logan Museum of Anthropology
This exhibit was derived from a research project I did for my Cultural Approaches to Mathematics class the previous spring semester. Glide reflections, as I explain in the exhibit, are a particular pattern element that are present in some cultures but not in others. They are often tricky to pick out, as they are often easily hid in the pattern with other elements. Simply put, glide reflections are the repetition of a specific motif, alternated along a specific axis. Think of footsteps in the sand. Each step is the mirror opposite of the other, but shifted over halfway. This is a glide reflection. Because some cultures do not usually have them, their presence can be an important clue as to the art’s importance, a shift in belief structure, or even more radically, invasion.
If you are interested in learning more about this exhibition, I have a digital copy of the labels used in the exhibit which I can provide. I also have other photos taken of the exhibit, which can be shown upon request. Please contact me for requests or more information.
See more photos from this exhibit here!
The History of Art History
(Museum Studies 295-01: Exhibition Workshop)
Fall Semester 2010, Beloit College Wright Museum of Art
As a member of the pilot run of the Exhibition Workshop, I and 11 other students spent an entire week researching and installing this exhibition. That’s right, we put together an exhibit in the Wright Museum of Art in ONLY ONE WEEK. The general objects and overall layout was already pre-determined, but we were still in charge of labels and install, which meant that we were in charge of content. It was an amazing experience! The portion of the exhibit I mainly focused on during the week was the cabinet of curiosity. You can see me in the above photo (in the red polo) working on its installation.
One other note about my involvement with this fantastic workshop would be that I helped Joy Beckman and Craig Hadley (director and collections manager of the Wright, respectively) with getting the research material together the summer prior – even conducting some research for them in the Beloit College archives, housed in the library!