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Announcing the exhibit “F O C U S Experiments in Photographic Interpretation”

It’s that time of year again! The Exhibition Planning class is debuting a new exhibit.

There are as many ways to react to a photograph as there are people viewing it. Focus: Experiments in Photographic Interpretation, hosted by the Tufts University Art Gallery, explores the power of photography and curation to prompt personal responses in viewers. Curated by graduate students in the Tufts University Museum Studies program, the exhibition will be open to the public from Tuesday, May 5 through Sunday, May 17, 2015. A public opening reception will take place on May 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.

On display are twelve distinct experiments in curatorial interpretation. Each student selected a photograph from the collection of Historic New England to use as inspiration. The photographs depict scenes of New England life from the turn of the 19th century. Subjects range from nature to technological innovation to family relationships. The exhibition featuring Construction of the Beacon Hill Tunnel, by Paul Rowell, chronicles the history of Boston’s public transportation system and its role in the daily life of the city. Kit with Her Mother, by Alfred Wayland Cutting, celebrates the universal experience of aging, while Baldwin Coolidge’s The Wreck of the Warren Sawyer explores the encounter between a person and the sublime.

Various interpretive lenses—personal, historical, intellectual, aesthetic, empathetic—invite viewers to consider the power of photographic imagery and how curatorial decisions impact the visitor experience.

The Tufts Museum Studies Program, a collaborative effort of the education, art history, and history departments, trains students in the preservation, administration, and education skills required to work in museum and historic settings. The Exhibition Planning class, which produces an exhibition at the Gallery each year, teaches students how to take an exhibition from concept through opening.

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most

comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic

New England shares the region’s history through vast collections,

publications, programs, historic properties, archives, and family

stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England.


About the Tufts University Art Gallery

The Gallery’s mission is to animate the intellectual life of the greater

university community through exhibitions and programs that explore new,

global perspectives on art and art discourse. The Gallery is open to the public

and fully accessible. Admission is free, with a $3 suggested donation. Hours

are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Thursdays 11 A.M. to 8

P.M. Free event parking is available in the lot behind the Aidekman Arts

Center, off Lower Campus Road. During regular visitor hours, there are free

parking spots in the Gallery parking lot.

Event announcement! Museum Conversations: Working across Disciplines at MoMA and the Exploratorium

Date:  Monday, April 27, 2015, 6:00pm

Location:  Harvard University, Northwest Building, Room B-103, 52 Oxford Street,

Cambridge, MA

Public lecture with Leah Dickerman, Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and

Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, and Tom Rockwell, Director,

Exhibits and Media Studio, Exploratorium, San Francisco

In this year’s seminar on innovative curatorial practice, two cutting-edge museum

professionals will reflect on the role museum exhibitions play in exploring social,

political, and historic experiences through art and science. Leah Dickerman will discuss

MoMA’s new exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other

Visions of the Great Movement North (April 3-September 7, 2015). Tom Rockwell will

talk about his institution’s exhibition The Science of Sharing: Investigating Competition,

Cooperation, and Social Interaction. The presentations will be followed by a

conversation, moderated by Laurel Ulrich, 300th Anniversary Professor, Harvard

University, about trends in museums.

Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture and the Harvard Art

Museums as part of the Harvard Museums’ Seminar on Innovative Curatorial Practice

Public Lecture Tomorrow: “The Allure of Collecting Arms and Armor”

Thursday, March 26, 6pm

Hosted by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street Cambridge, MA.

Donald J. LaRocca, Curator, Department of Arms and Armor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


From dynastic armories and curiosity cabinets to Gothic Revival castles, private collections, and modern museums, armor and weapons have been methodically collected, studied, and preserved for their artistic and historical importance, beginning in the sixteenth century and continuing to the present day. This lecture will survey that legacy, particularly as it relates to the genesis of the major collections of arms and armor in leading European and American museums today, concluding with the growth and development of the Department of Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art over the past century.


Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures, an exhibition at the adjacent Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, will be open following the lecture until 9:00 pm.


Free Admission. Complementary event parking in the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

GBMER Program Wednesday, March 18 at the Harvard Art Museums

See attached flier for details!

University Museums: An Afternoon at the Harvard Art Museums

EMKI Open House for Musuem professionals and Museum Studies students

A Dynamic Laboratory for Our Democracy, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is designed to bring the history of the United States Senate alive – using technology to engage and inspire like never before. The Institute features a representation of the United States Senate Chamber, interactive exhibits, and a reproduction of Senator Kennedy’s office. The Institute is located in Boston on Columbia Point, next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

Sneak Peak for Museum Professionals Staff, volunteers, and interns from local

museums and cultural organizations are welcome to a free visitor preview.

» Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

» Refreshments will be provided

» Located directly next door to the JFK

Library, accessible via MBTA

» Please RSVP by email to:


Exhibit Preview_Flyer_Mar4

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