Interdisciplinary expertise takes shape in our galleries.

We collaborate with faculty to give physical and visual form to research and ideas. Together we generate projects that include exhibitions, programs, installations, and publications.

Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography
Students in the Rauschenberg Course

Students in the art history course, Robert Rauschenberg: Art, Archives, and Exhibitions
examine Rauschenberg works from the WCMA collection.

Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography is organized by curator of contemporary art Lisa Dorin, professor of art C. Ondine Chavoya, and the students from fall 2016 Art History 319.

Rauschenberg’s monumental print, Autobiography, 1968 is the centerpiece in an exhibition that brings together 26 original works of art with 56 archival objects primarily on loan from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. It is the first exhibition to make use of the artist’s extensive archives, newly accessible through the Rauschenberg Foundation. Students in the fall Art History 319 course, led by curator Lisa Dorin and professor of art C. Ondine Chavoya researched the artist’s life, work, and the often blurry intersections between the two. Their investigations culminate here in a thematic exploration of the artist’s use of his body, performance collaborations,  love of animals, and interest in technology.

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African Art Against the State
African Art Against the State, 2016. Photo by Arthur Evans.

African Art Against the State, 2016. Photo by Arthur Evans.

Curated by professor of art Michelle Apotsos with curator of contemporary art Lisa Dorin, African Art Against the State highlighted the history of activism, intervention, and resistance that has characterized a great deal of African art-making from prehistory to the present.

Michelle Apotsos taught a winter study course that addressed the methods of creating an effective exhibition space for the arts of Africa. Students read foundational texts on African art and the history of its display in Western museum institutions and discussed the issues and politics of these ventures. They turned these conversations into practice by organizing and installing a section of the exhibition. An art history course followed in the spring which took students through the history of mediation, activism, protest, and resistance as it has unfolded within the arts of Africa.

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We work closely with faculty from development of the initial concept through installation. Contact Lisa Dorin to learn more about the process.