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Products for grant AA-277708-21

Enhancing the Study of Visual, Material, and Historical Culture
April Oettinger, Goucher College

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Rediscovering Goucher's Lost Museum (Catalog)
Title: Rediscovering Goucher's Lost Museum
Author: Goucher Galleries and VMC
Abstract: exhibition catalog for first investigation of the Goucher College collection and former museum, facilitated by the NEH Grant and other institutional and endowed funding.
Year: 2021
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Primary URL Description: full pdf of catalog
Catalog Type: Exhibition Catalog
Publisher: Goucher College

Updated digital collection (Database/Archive/Digital Edition)
Title: Updated digital collection
Author: n/a
Abstract: updated digital database of the art and artifact collection
Year: 2022
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Primary URL Description: link to digital library database

Rediscovering Goucher's Lost Museum (Exhibition)
Title: Rediscovering Goucher's Lost Museum
Curator: Alex Ebstein
Abstract: Collaborative exhibition exploring this history of the Goucher College encyclopedic collection and former museum in downtown Baltimore
Year: 2021
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Primary URL Description: installation images, catalog essays and text panels written by curator, faculty and student curators

Inventing Nature (Exhibition)
Title: Inventing Nature
Curator: Goucher Students
Abstract: Humans are constantly changing. We’ve changed in how we view nature, and we’ve changed in how we view ourselves. Nature and culture are ever evolving, and Goucher has experienced much of this change itself. Our exhibition, a “Goucher Wunderkammer for the 21st century,” explores the power of specimens, artifacts, and art to tell stories of change. As part of Professor April Oettinger’s Complex Problem Exploration course, Inventing Nature (CPEC 213), students spent Fall 2021 understanding and exploring our home collections, which include the Natural History Collection (located in the basement of Hoffberger), Special Collections and Archives and The Art and Artifact Collection. Through trips to local museums such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, The Smithsonian Natural History Museum, and academic institutions such as The Johns Hopkins University, students were given the opportunity to explore different modes of display and cultures of collecting through history. What you see here before you is a carefully curated and arranged display of specimens, artifacts, and objects centered around themes of nature and artifice—naturalia and artificialia—and the blurred relationship between the two. Throughout the process of mounting this exhibition, students asked themselves about the relationship between humans and nature, what nature means to them, and how the natural world has shaped their own culture and values. Goucher students developed, researched, curated, authored, and designed every aspect of this exhibition. We wish to thank Alex Ebstein, Curator of the Silber Gallery; Professor Phong Le, Director of the Makerspace; Kristen Welzenbach, Curator of Special Collections & Archives; and Andrew Voytek, Director of Facilities; for their assistance and support. With special thanks to Professor April Oettinger for without, this exhibition would have never come to fruition.
Year: 2021
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