Misplaced Objects? Things from Other Harvard Collections in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum
April 28, 2011
Ivan Gaskell, Senior Lecturer, History Department, Harvard University; and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary University Professor, History Department, Harvard University
As part of their multivenue exhibition Tangible Things, Ivan Gaskell and Laurel Ulrich introduce objects from other Harvard collections into the Sackler Museum. These novel placements gently destabilize existing displays and subtly confound visitors’ expectations, emphasizing characteristics of the misplaced objects that may be overlooked in their normal settings. This talk will consider these juxtapositions and prompt viewers to ask questions about the categories into which things are habitually sorted. What is natural? What is artificial? What is art?
This series considers objects from more than one point of view. The informal talks, many of them by Harvard Art Museums curators, conservators, and educators and Harvard University faculty members, are designed to stimulate thinking about works of art and to encourage participants to explore their own ways of seeing.
Free with the price of admission. Open to the public.
Limited to 25 participants; please arrive early.