Object Lab is a hybrid gallery-classroom and a responsive pedagogical platform. Faculty across academic divisions collaborate with museum staff to select works of art that employ, convey, or investigate key course concepts. These works of art are installed in the gallery for the semester, offering students and faculty extended access to the art.
Biology 220 Field Botany and Plant Natural History
Professor Joan Edwards encourages her Field Botany students to closely study a work of art and describe what they see, paying particular attention to the botanical details. Students then revisit their work after they have examined the plant in the lab and perhaps its natural environment as well. The short papers they write reveal how their ways of viewing the plant and the art have changed.
AFR 323 Comic Lives: Graphic Novels & Dangerous Histories of the African Diaspora
Professor Rashida Braggs of Africana Studies used Thomas Nast’s preliminary sketches in tandem with Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Students created designs incorporating text from the book. They also wrote short response papers looking at works of art through the lens of representing ethnic trauma.
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