Museum Exhibition - The Art of the Everyday: Objects from Ancient Daily Life
New Exhibition Opening - The Art of the Everyday: Objects from Ancient Daily Life
April 26- July 5
Stamelos Gallery Center
Friday, April 26 5-7 p.m.
Featured speaker: Elaine K. Gazda, Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Curator of Hellenistic and Roman Collections at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
The Art of the Everyday is focused on the objects that were used in the lives of ordinary people in the ancient Mediterranean world, from Greece to Italy to Egypt and beyond. The artifacts in the exhibition were used in homes and sanctuaries as parts of social rituals, religious practice and cultural interaction. These themes are explored in the exhibition to show that the ancient coins, ceramics, figurines, and glass vessels on display should be examined not just for their artistic value, but also for what they represent about worlds both different from and similar to our own.
In featuring examples of ancient glass alongside modern studio pieces from the permanent collection of UM-Dearborn, the exhibition invites visitors to consider both how much and how little has changed in craft traditions over thousands of years. Connecting our exploration of ancient artifacts to the technologies of today, the exhibition features examples of ancient artifacts that have been scanned and processed into 3D-printed samples. What new technology allows scholars to do, and what are still limitations in digitizing and replicating museum objects may be surprising.
Under the guidance of faculty guest curator Prof. Diana Y. Ng, students in two art history classes taught over 2018-2019 were given the opportunity to handle ancient artifacts at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, researched and wrote content for the catalogue and web platforms, and prepared the gallery displays. The university is grateful to exhibition lenders Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Toledo Museum of Art and Don Miller, Lecturer IV of Biological Sciences, UM-Dearborn.