Students Show What They Learned
To the uninitiated,
it may not seem such a significant undertaking to mount a
small art exhibition.
But for 15 students
in the new , the challenges
and realities of curating an exhibition -- choosing the content,
displaying works, writing descriptive materials, publishing
an exhibition catalogue, publicizing the event -- became part
of their daily work.
The result is
the exhibition “Face to Face: Looking at Portraiture,”
which opened in the Museum of Art on July 28, the final day
of the six-week institute.
For students in
SIAMS, their summer studies provided an intensive, behind-the-scenes
crash course on the business of operating a museum, from the
always-challenging financial aspects to the logistical details
of mounting a public exhibition.
Face” includes some 20 works by artists such as Diego
Rivera, Robert Tobey and Winslow Homer. The exhibition will
remain on display through early September.
The SIAMS is directed
by Suzannah Fabing, former director and chief curator (from
1992 to 2005) of the Smith College Museum of Art. The institute
-- the only summer program of its kind for undergraduates
-- grew from a popular Interterm seminar on museum studies
taught by Fabing for 10 years.