The art of the museum - or a museum of art?

Posted by uatemp13 at Sep 27, 2012 12:20 PM |
School of Museum Studies exhibition examines artistic responses to museums
The art of the museum - or a museum of art?

Yvette Hawkins, 'Book Apothecary'

PhD students at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies have organised an exhibition demonstrating the work of seven artists from around the UK, entitled: Μουσείον: artists’ reflections on museums.

Stuffed creatures carrying fragile treasures, Victorian-esque “quizzing glasses” and a set of storytelling boxes of relics will feature in the museums-inspired art exhibition. The show takes its name from the original ‘mouseion’ built in Alexandria, Egypt, over 2000 years ago.

Book Apothecary
Dawn Felicia Knox, 'Book Apothecary'

It will be curated by Alex Woodall, a PhD Researcher in the School, who has previously worked for Manchester Art Gallery, Museums Sheffield, Renaissance East Midlands and Kettle’s Yard gallery in Cambridge. Cy Shih, an exhibition planner and

Quizzing Glasses
Hazel Jones, 'Quizzing Glasses'

designer from Taiwan who is currently studying for a PhD at the School of Museum Studies, has designed the exhibition, and a team of PhD students will work as installation assistants.

The exhibition programme, a recent innovation for the School, provides our students with unique opportunities to develop experimental approaches to display, interpretation and design.

bird tree apples
Karl and Kimberley Foster, 'bird, tree, apples' (Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts) © andi sapey / hedsor 2010
Lyndall Phelps, 'Softkill' © Peter Mennim / Lyndall Phelps
Museum, Michael Leigh

The exhibition will run from October 1 to March 1 at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies, 19 University Road, Leicester. The exhibition will be open to the public and admission is free.