“AH 865: Things: Making, Consuming, Remembering, and Subverting”
Professor Martin’s graduate seminar “AH 865: Things: Making, Consuming, Remembering, and Subverting” partnered with the Mt. Horeb Historical Society in preparation for their new museum. Each student analyzed an object in their collection and will present their findings at a public presentation in Mt. Horeb on January 30. One winning research finding was that the women’s jumpsuit uniform from Badger Ammunition plant was “stolen” by its wearer against regulations and may be the only such item known. Another was the close reading of a doll supposedly owned by the first white child “Victoria Wisconsiana” born in Dane County. Norwegian furnishings, a mid-century living room set, Victorian handicrafts, and stereograph cards were part of the array of objects studied.
Joanna Wilson speaking to members and guests of the Mt. Horeb Historical Society
Wisconsin State Journal article:
The art students in the class also mounted an installation “Re-imaging the Domestic” at the Grace Verny Gallery at the Arts Loft of their own work responding to their objects. (Compliments even came from some art faculty). Some of their design and interpretation ideas will be used in the future at Mt. Horeb.
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