Fall 2016

A Provenance Didactic: Foregrounding Museum Provenance

Abstract/Artist's Statement: Since UNESCO’s 1970 convention on looting of cultural property, a focus on provenance research has resulted in the accession and deaccession of antiquities in many museum collections. Provenance is the record of ownership for an object, perhaps leading back to its archeological find-spot, or its provenience. The Collections Analysis Collaborative—a project in conjunction with the Menil Collection and Rice University—hosted a conference in October that brought museum professionals and scholars together to discuss the processes of provenance research.

Sound + Art: The Oral Histories of Archway Gallery

Abstract/Artist's Statement: Over the course of the semester, I engaged in the Archway Gallery community as both a researcher and an artist. Conducting extended interviews with four artists and collecting other short oral histories with several other Archway artists at various events and other gatherings, I immersed myself in an environment brimming with creative introspection but largely undocumented annals and histories. While working on my project, I began to see the interconnections between art and community history, especially through the use of storytelling.

Religious and Spiritual Dimensions of Disorders of Consciousness

Patients with traumatic brain injury are sometimes diagnosed with Disorders of Consciousness, which encompass comatose, vegetative, and minimally conscious states. Over the course of the last semester, I interviewed religious practitioners and academics to explore what religious traditions have to say about brain damage and the implications it may have on personhood in a medical context. Using the spatial metaphor of being “in there” to structure these conversations, my goal was to aid interdisciplinary communication and explore the religious significance of disorders of consciousness.