Fighting air pollution with a whisk

Author: Shelby Brewster - Consuming Nature Workshop

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  • Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh
New Itinera Visualization

This is a screenshot of the foundation for the new Itinera visualization that I've been working on. The goal is to be able to show relationships between different people in an informative way. This would allow for new understandings of the relationships between the Travelers as a whole, or in smaller more personal groups. 

 

Summer Progress on Itinera's "Travelers" Visualization

For the past year or so I have been working on learning how to write Javascript D3 code and use that knowledge to write a new visualization for the "Travelers" section on Itinera. This is an update of the progress I've made while at the VMW this summer.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW

John Yodanis Papers, 1919 – 1987, MSS 293, Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

 

Revisiting Pittsburgh’s Pigeondom

Author: Melissa Yang - Consuming Nature Workshop

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  • Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh
Deinstallation

Natalie (left) is examining works for condition reports and Kate (right) is cutting foam

 

Delighted to Make Your Acquaintance: Deinstallation of Edward Eberle Exhibition

Author: Abigail Meloy

Fine Foundation Fellowship, Fall-Spring 2016-7

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  • Undergraduate Work
  • Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh

Ferdinand Bauer engraving

 

What is the real, "real" object?

As an information scientist striving to define and describe online exhibitions, I am constantly reflecting on what constitutes a “real object” versus one that is acknowledged only through its absence. The status of the object has historically correlated to changes in museology, and it seems we are in the midst of a particularly challenging moment, in this regard.

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Dioramas in Context
  • Graduate Work
  • Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh
Schenley Park Entrance 1922

Schenley Park Entrance, 1922, Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection, courtesy of the Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

 

Picturing Nature in Early 20th Century Oakland

In the context of the Consuming Nature workshop, sparked especially by our plans to visit the Hunt Botanical Institute, I was thinking a lot about how to situate CMNH’s Botany Hall and its dioramas in the social and cultural context of Oakland. I had learned from research conducted by Kate Madison and Emily Enterline, collaborators on our project, about the involvement of Rachel Hunt with Andrey Avinoff in the creation of the botanical dioramas.

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Dioramas in Context
  • Graduate Work
  • Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh
 

Another Year, Another K'zoo

For the second year in a row, I had the distinct privilege of attending the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. According to the Medieval Congress' Twitter feed (@KzooICMS), this unique conference attracted almost 3,000 attendees this year. 

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  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • Faculty Work
  • VMW
Globe before repair

This globe is used to simulate an eclipse, but was falling apart. Now the outer layers of the globe have been repaired and the globe can be used for demonstrations leading up to the eclipse this summer.

 

From Eclipses to Science Fairs: An Archival Internship at the Buhl Planetarium

     Climbing the ladder up into the dome of the planetarium, the last thing you would expect to find are boxes of old scripts, scrapbooks, photo albums, and films. But that is exactly what the Buhl Planetarium, now located in the Carnegie Science Center, found. The original Buhl Planetarium was constructed in 1937 and opened to the public in 1939, making it the fifth planetarium to open in the United States.

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  • Academic Interns
  • Undergraduate Work
 

Botanical dioramas, collaborative research, digital space

Aisling and I continue to chip away at our Botany Hall project, and it seems high-time for a status update. Back in January, we held a colloquium in the History of Art and Architecture department to share our progress and experience with three undergraduate museum studies students, Leslie Rose, Eliza Wick, and Bridget Lynch, who worked on our project in the context of their academic internships last fall.

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Dioramas in Context
  • Undergraduate Work
  • Graduate Work
 

Curatorial Internship at the University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms

            I never anticipated how the Nationality Room’s curatorial internship would evolve. I always had desired to participate in an organization that I could contribute something more than just adding to an email list. I was challenged in this internship, but the experience I gained is invaluable.

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  • Academic Interns
  • Undergraduate Work