About the course
Taught by Dr. Kristin L. Dowell, Associate Professor of Contemporary Native American Art and Indigenous Film, the Museum Object course is the culmination of the Museum Studies minor for undergraduates at Florida State University. This course examines the history, philosophy, practice, and implications of acquiring, researching, and displaying objects in art museums and gallery spaces in the modern era. Additionally, the course provides students with hands-on experience in designing and mounting a show in a gallery setting.
About the exhibition
Woven baskets have been central to Native American identity as a highly skilled artistic practice and as intricately constructed utilitarian objects. Across North America, basket weaving techniques have undergone changes that mirrored the upheaval within the weavers’ lives, through contact with European settlers to the loss of traditional territory and removal to reservations. Our class has curated a selection of baskets from FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts which were collected by Tallahassee native Mary Douglas Lewis between 1910 and 1950. These baskets are an embodiment of historical, social, and artistic changes as baskets shifted from cultural objects to tourist souvenirs to forms of contemporary art. In the midst of this dynamic change Native American women relied on basket weaving as a means of continuity and survival to maintain cultural ways of life, economic livelihoods, Indigenous identities, and individual artistic expression.
Make A Gift
Museums employ more than 400,000 people in the United States. Your gift gives these students an experience which can prepare them for a rewarding career in this industry, as well as marketing, budgeting, planning, and fundraising skills applicable to any future position.
Individuals who make a donation prior to October 22nd, 2018 will have their names included in the acknowledgements panel in the exhibition.
Your gift will allow our students to:
· Present informational labels and placards
· Create installation settings to display the baskets
· Produce an exhibition catalogue
· Promote exhibition to the FSU and Tallahassee communities
· Host a documentary film screening in connection with exhibition opening