Contextualizing Objects in the Oberlin College Ethnographic Collection

Gilbertese sword

For the spring 2013 session of Anthropology 456, Seminar in Culture Contact and Colonialism, Professor Amy Margaris gave her students a choice between writing a traditional research paper or using OMEKA to design and create a group exhibit that would explore some of the theoretical issues surrounding culture contact and colonialism. Five students took the challenge. The result is Contextualizing Objects in the Oberlin College Ethnographic Collection an engaging production that will serve as a foundation for future students to build on.

Gilbertese sword

Siamese drill

Small folded mat

Zulu Necklace

Artists’ Books from 1960 to 2000

Rirkrit Tiravanija Untitled 1998: (On the Road with Jiew, Jeaw, Jieb, Sri, and Moo)

How has art changed since 1960?

Rirkrit Tiravanija Untitled 1998: (On the Road with Jiew, Jeaw, Jieb, Sri, and Moo)

Andrea Fraser’s Woman 1/ Madonna and Child 1506-1967

Sol LeWitt’s Lines & Color (1975)

The Anti-Warhol Museum: proposals for the socially responsible disposal of Warholia

 

In researching this topic Oberlin College Professor Sarah Hammil’s Arts 306 students found that  “artists working after 1965 used the inexpensive, reproducible format of the book–and in some cases the magazine page –as an integral component of their art.”  Read more…

Festive Collectarium of Abbot Sigismund

The Festive Collectarium Of Abbot Sigismund de Fulchini(s) of the Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria Vallis Serena, diocese of Parma, Italy. Written by Genesius de Pezannis in the 2nd half of the 15th century. 61ff. 21 X 14 cm. Student exhibit created by Amanda Holt, OWU Class of 2012.

Oberlin College: Jorges Luis Borges Collection