Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street, New York City
January 15 – 25, 2013
Exhibition Website: bgcdml.net/making-a-world-with-a-hundred-things/
Museum categories profoundly affect scholarly knowledge claims in an A to Z of disciplines, from anthropology to zoology. In the fall semester 2012 I taught a new seminar at the Bard Graduate Center, “Tangible Things: Observing, Collecting, Sorting” in which we examined the formation and uses of nearly fifty methodical collections. In addition, the seminar built its own comprehensive collection in the very same areas of enquiry.
Every week, for ten weeks, the nine students in the seminar and I each brought an item to class. Each thing related to the topic of study that week.…