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The Past on Display: A Curatorial Perspective

The Past on Display: A Curatorial Perspective
Sidney Smith Hall, room 2135 (100 St. George Street)
Time: Feb 13th, 5:15 pm End: Feb 13th, 7:15 pm
Interest Categories: Sociology (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Human Geography (UTSC), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), before 400 BCE, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Archaeology, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 400-1 BCE, 1-400 CE
Lecture by Dr. Catherine Lucinda Cooper

The Archaeological Institute of America Toronto Society, Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, and the UofT Archaeology Centre proudly present:

Dr. Catherine Lucinda Cooper, Rebanks Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology, ROM.

The Past on Display: A Curatorial Perspective


Abstract: Museums are one of the most public arenas of engagement with classical antiquity.  The highly visual experience of the museum encounter is subtly but fundamentally determined by how objects are selected and presented for display, and these displays have an enormous impact on perceptions of the ancient world.  Yet the academic and practical challenges encountered in creating a display are rarely considered.

Kate takes you behind-the-scenes of the recent redisplay of the Greece and Rome gallery at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (UK), where she worked as curator, to examine the practical and conceptual issues that are involved in creating a display that is at once up-to-date, informative, accessible, and appealing.  The Fitzwilliam’s approach will be compared to other recent European displays of classical antiquity, such as that of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the New Akropolis Museum, Athens.

This event is free and open to the public. View an event flyer here; learn more hereFor details please contact the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilization at (416) 978-3306. 


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