Cultural Heritage

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.