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Students from the 2019 Curatorial Project class discuss the layout of the exhibition "Objects of Ceremony: Effervescence, Decay, and the Everyday."


April 17, 2020 - August 2, 2020

Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery

This spring, William & Mary students are curating an exhibition as part of a required practicum course for Art History majors called The Curatorial Project (ARTH 331) under the direction of Dr. Xin Conan-Wu. The exhibition will be developed in coordination with the new William & Mary curriculum COLL 300 theme for spring 2020. This semester, the theme is that the notion of scale is intrinsic to how we understand the works and our place in it. The scale of interactions between people varies across space, evolves over time, and profoundly influences how we relate to each other, to cultures, and to our environment. How do changes in the breadth and speed of global communication influence languages and cultures? How do scientists use small-scale laboratory experiments to solve large-scale global problems? How do small grassroots movements evolve into major forces for cultural change around the world? From the local to the global, the microscopic to the macroscopic, and the personal to the collective, scale informs our experience and our efforts to effect change. Drawing upon collections at the Muscarelle, Swem Library, and elsewhere around William & Mary, this exhibition will allow the student curators to experience the Museum as a laboratory for learning.

JULIE BUFFALOHEAD | Ponca, born 1972 | Unravel, 2014 | Lithograph on Kozo Shi wove paper, ed. 7/8 | © Julie Buffalohead | Acquired with funds from the Board of Visitors Muscarelle Museum of Art Endowment | 2017.002


April 17, 2020 - August 2, 2020

Muscarelle Museum of Art, Spigel Gallery

Shared Ideologies, an exhibition of selected works by Native American artists from the 1970s to the present, will offer visitors an opportunity to engage in a sociopolitical dialogue about the space between history and memory. Paintings and works on paper by artists such as the late T.C. Cannon (Kiowa, 1946 - 1978), Tom Poolaw (Kiowa/Delaware, born 1959), Julie Buffalohead (Ponca, born 1972) and several others, transcend the two-dimensional artwork by their elders, that came to define Native American art. Shared Ideologies will ask us all to reflect upon the relationship between modernity and the Native American experience. Several works from our collection by T.C. Cannon will be on view at the Muscarelle for the first time.

RISING: The American Indian Movement and the Third Space of Sovereignty

April 17, 2020 - August 2, 2020

Muscarelle Museum of Art, The Herman Graphic Arts Print Study Room

A careful look around campus and Williamsburg will show you that students and fellow citizens are engaged in a “common read” by the Native author, Tommy Orange (Cheyenne, Arapaho). The 2019 novel by Orange is called There, There, and introduces readers to the contemporary urban Indian experience. Set in Oakland, California and Oklahoma, Orange draws on the rise of AIM—the American Indian Movement—and the real-life takeover of Alcatraz Island, in 1969, and makes it a foundational element in his popular book.

Anthropology students enrolled in Native American Sovereignty, a spring 2020 senior seminar with Dr. Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, will research the rise of AIM in photographs and historical documents as well as curate an exhibition. The exhibition will highlight some of the central events associated with AIM, such as the takeover of Alcatraz, Wounded Knee 2 and the Trail of Broken Treaties. Biographies of AIM leaders; Russell Means, Dennis Banks, the Bellecourt brothers, and Leonard Peltier will be featured as part of this historical and visual overview. The rise of AIM took place during the wider social upheavals of the protests against the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement.