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Catalogue of the exhibition shown in the Focus Gallery of Bard Graduate Center from January 26 to April 17, 2011.


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Catalogue of the exhibition shown in the Focus Gallery of Bard Graduate Center from January 26 to April 17, 2011.

3 review for Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Frederic

    My review from Amazon (slightly revised): For a couple of years now I've been receiving promotional catalogs from the Bard Graduate Center program in Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture in NYC, presenting their programs for the year. These have been stimulating to see, but I haven't been able to get to any of the talks or exhibits. This book presents in published form the first exhibit mounted in the new gallery space there, which was developed over 2009-10 with the assistance of My review from Amazon (slightly revised): For a couple of years now I've been receiving promotional catalogs from the Bard Graduate Center program in Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture in NYC, presenting their programs for the year. These have been stimulating to see, but I haven't been able to get to any of the talks or exhibits. This book presents in published form the first exhibit mounted in the new gallery space there, which was developed over 2009-10 with the assistance of a number of talented individuals (including Bard students). It includes six original essays contextualizing the work in the historical development of NWC art, along with the catalog of 37 objects (some of them photographs, and augmented here with some additional examples) and a pair of commentaries on the exhibit and the gallery. The objects were selected from the collections of the AMNH, and are here beautifully presented in photographs and catalog text. In developing the exhibit the objects were posted on a wiki online for pedagogical purposes, and this and other learning exercises were incorporated into the exhibit and this volume. The openness of discussion of the approach and methods behind this exhibit are exemplary here. Those interested in the arts of the Pacific Northwest will find here a small but interesting collection of objects, with much better than usual descriptive, analytical, and contextualizing text. The book is certainly well worth its cost for this. But its truly stellar contribution is in teaching and thinking about material culture in the context of museum studies. As a curator myself, there is much here that I will return to in teaching, and in developing my own exhibits.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Pau

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily Jean

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