In the fall of 2019, twelve undergraduates in the Art History Museum Object class under the direction of Professor Doron Bauer curated the exhibition Stories Laid in Stone: Modern Architecture in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in the WJB Gallery. Using photographs, ceramics, digital text facsimile, and 3D printed objects, the exhibit showcased the variety of modern architectural styles in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Visitors were invited to look at these cities, often viewed mainly as politically charged and sensitive locations, with new eyes: to explore their histories, cultures, and identities, even through something as seemingly innocuous as an office building.
The Museum Object course is the culmination of the Museum Studies minor for undergraduates at Florida State University. This course examines the history, philosophy, and practice of displaying objects, and provides students with hands-on experience curating a show in a gallery setting. The students are divided into groups similar to the departments of a museum: curation, design and installation, fundraising and public relations. This course helps undergraduates gain valuable team experience in preparation for careers in the arts.
Student Authors: Eli Goldstone, Ariel Raskin