Oct. 6, 2011

Series offers closer look at Museums

by Erin Rosacker

Fireplace restoration complete

Before and after photos of a fireplace restoration in the Farm House. Maintaining the National Historic Landmark is the next subject in the Object Lesson series, Oct. 6. Submitted photos.

Last spring, University Museum staff members began "Object Lessons," a monthly series of lectures with topics based on frequently asked questions and their behind-the-scenes work.

"Object Lessons are designed to help people look more deeply at works of art using visual literacy skills, alternate points of view and historical context," said Museums communications coordinator Allison Sheridan. "They allow program-goers -- ranging from collectors to students -- the chance to access objects and museums spaces on a more intimate level."

Exhibit installations, handling techniques and the bronzing process are some of the topics already covered in the series. Hands-on activities and special viewings of objects that are not currently on exhibition also have been included.

"When planning the Object Lessons, our educators look within the Museums staff to determine whose position or expertise best matches the program topic," Sheridan said.

The latest in the series will take place at the Farm House Museum (Oct. 6, 7-8 p.m.), where Museums staff will talk about the responsibilities of maintaining and preserving the National Historic Landmark.

The planned lectures to close out the year include:

  • "Hole-y Cow! Conserving John Bloom's Post Office Murals," Nov. 3, 7-8 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building
  • "Exhibition Design and Installation," Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall

The lectures are free and open to the public. More information on the Object Lessons series and other Museums events is online.