Mellon Exhibition Graduate Seminar: Berkeley Collects!
The University’s vast collections are a treasure trove of extraordinary objects that range from natural history and ethnographic materials to ancient texts and many kinds of art. The gifts of many dedicated collectors over the past century, these collections (in the Phoebe Hearst Museum, the Starr East Asian Library, BAM, Bancroft, and other campus depositories) provide extraordinary opportunities for cutting-edge research. The work of this year-long graduate seminar will be to curate an exhibition in the handsome new gallery in Bancroft Library. We particularly encourage students with interests in Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek and Roman, Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin American, Native American, American, European, Chinese, Japanese, South Asian Art, and the history of collecting. Students will select the objects, arrange for the loans, craft label copy, create an app, write press releases, and orchestrate the opening in May 2016. Available for 4 units each semester (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016).