By any standards, the University of Michigan collections are remarkable. In scale and breadth, the University’s more than 20 distinct collections, and museums rank among the largest and most significant of any American university. Despite the importance of U-M’s collections and museums, no research to date has considered their history and significance. This project addresses this lacuna. Taking a synoptic view, we set out to investigate the history of U-M’s museums and collections from 1837 to the present, their contributions to U-M’s self-understanding as a research university and the history of science and knowledge production. The project’s research will culminate in a bicentennial exhibition in 2017. In collaboration with artist Richard Barnes, the exhibition will consider how U-M’s museums and collections were created, how they have changed over the last 200 hundred years, and how they continue to contribute to new scholarship.
$10,000 from UMOR Artistic Productions and Performances.
$12,500 from the University of Michigan LSA.
Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowledge: The University of Michigan Museums, Collections and Libraries, 1817-2017 -- Book & Exhibition Project
$20,000 from the Bicentennial Committee.
Presented at the Association of Academic Galleries and Museums (AAMG); Eugene, Oregon
Presented at the Institute for the Humanities.
Presented at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.