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The Faces We Wear
Meredith Diamond '23 is a Computer Science major and East Asian Studies minor. She has been working for the Cunningham Center for two years now.
Chinese Jades in the Newly Reinstalled Ancient World Gallery
Yao Wu writes about a project last year, before the pandemic hit, of reinstalling the museum’s Ancient World gallery to provide a more global perspective.
A Pair of Paintings in SCMA Then\Now\Next
One of my favorite pairings from 'SCMA Then\Now\Next' is separated by nearly five centuries: a Cubist painting by Picasso and a small Renaissance panel painting.
Jo Ortel ’83 on the Work of Truman Lowe
"I have to say, I have very little time anymore for art that hangs politely in museums. I really think that there has to be some connection with the current issues, and the environment seems, to me, to be among the most important."
About That Narrative: Hương Ngô
As the only audiovisual piece in my series on artworks addressing memory, the video poses a compelling question: how do speaking and listening contribute to our recollections of the past?
From the archives: Never Exhausted
From the archives: Cunningham Center Brown Post-Baccalaureate Curatorial Fellow Maggie Kurkoski '12 on master wood engraver Paul Landacre.
From the archives: Vanguards of Ukiyo-e: The Women of Modern Japanese Printmaking
This historic 'SCMA Insider' post from 2018 is about trailblazers: coming of age during World War II, Iwami Reika and Naoko Matsubara were two of the first women ukiyo-e woodblock printmakers in Japan.
From the archives: T. Frantisek Simon
We hope you enjoy this historic post from 2015 by Maggie Hoot '16 about the prolific, intriguing, but little-known Czech printmaker T. Frantisek Simon.
About That Narrative: Joanne Leonard
Leonard’s interest in questioning photographic “truths” might serve as a way to tell a more accurate version of her family’s story by fracturing the materials at hand.
Expanding the View
'South Pass Wind River Mountains, Wyoming' came into SCMA's collection nearly 70 years ago, and our view keeps changing.
About That Narrative: Jess Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre
For over five years, photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre traveled around the United States photographing and interviewing older members of the transgender community.
From Home: An Interview with Lucy Xiaochuan Liu '21
"I think that sometimes the value of grief and suffering are that they capture a moment, and, by capturing it, create a sense of existence."
Asian Ceramics in American Paintings
Ceramic is a type of material that has been extensively traded and imitated around the globe.