“It’s not just about saying there’s a race problem in this country. It’s not about that. It is about how race as a visual, social and societal construct is examined through three basic lenses or sub-themes – self, others and a hybridity of the two working together,” he said. he declares.
“The students and Professor Pepper Stetler saw this as a very timely topic, using our collections and giving voice and understanding to issues of race, and hoped it would spark conversations and dialogue. and not just making false assumptions, which can lead to stereotyping,” Shaiman said.
A class of about 12 to 15 art history students examined 80 to 90 pieces from the museum’s collection, explained why certain pieces should or should not be included in the exhibition, and how to place the pieces in an appropriate context. Typically, 40-45 pieces are selected for the Art History Capstone Exhibit, depending on the theme.
“Art history students do the research. They write the narrative on all the text panels and object labels,” Shaiman said, “They choose existing works that are part of the museum’s collection. Most of the time, each student gets their own research and writing assignment. Then everything is edited to have a common voice.
Held annually, this is the 11th Capstone Art History Exhibition. Each year the exhibition focused on a different theme. There are five art history professors at the University of Miami, and each faculty member has the opportunity to lead the class, and often a subject is chosen that relates to the student’s major in history of art.
“…There are so many more stories and lessons and understandings that we can develop by really understanding in many ways how a culture represents itself, and not just looking at how others view it,” Shaiman said. .
The Miami University Art Museum and Sculpture Park serves the university community as well as the public. The primary audience is the student body, faculty, and staff. The public is also welcome to attend and admission to the museum is free.
Other exhibits on view this spring will include “From the Ground Up” and “Collections Highlights: Recent Acquisitions.” The exhibits will remain on display at the art museum until Saturday, June 11.
How to get there
What: The University of Miami Museum of Art and Sculpture Park will feature three spring exhibits, including the Capstone Art History Exhibit
When: Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open the second Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibitions will be visible until Saturday June. 11
Or: McKie Gallery, Miami University Art Museum and Sculpture Park, 801 South Patterson Ave., Oxford
Admission: Free and open to the public
More information.: (513) 529-2232 or visit MiamiOH.edu/Art-Museum