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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.

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

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
 

Dioramas at the Field Museum

As we began researching Botany Hall and its role in the museum in earnest, I learned that the Field Museum in Chicago is making a new diorama, their first new one in 60 years! It will house 19th century taxidermy hyenas. On their website you can hear from the artists about their art-science process to make the diorama represent a specific moment in time.

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  • Dioramas in Context
  • Graduate Work
Botany Hall, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
 

The Botanical Dioramas of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Botany Hall is situated in a corner of the second floor of the CMNH, accessible through the North American Wildlife section. Inside, seven window dioramas depict seven different biomes of the United States. In each, a richly painted curved wall supports a highly detailed three-dimensional scene, in which every individual leaf, stem, insect wing, and bit of moss is hand crafted and botanically accurate. 

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Dioramas in Context
  • Debating Visual Knowledge
  • Graduate Work
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HA&A Graduate Student Trip to the College Art Association Annual Conference

With generous support from the Dean of Graduate Studies, ten HA&A graduate students (Maria Castro, Nicole Coffineau, Clarisse Fava-Piz, Annika Johnson, Isaac King, Colleen O’Reilly, Ben Ogrodnik, Nicole Scalissi, Krystle Stricklin, and Marina Tyquiengco) traveled to New York to conduct individual research and attend the annual conference of the College Arts Association.

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  • Agency
  • Temporalities
  • Environment
  • Identity
  • Mobility/Exchange
  • Visual Knowledge
  • Graduate Work
  • Faculty Work
Underwood and Underwood, Traveling in the Holy Land through the Stereoscope

Underwood and Underwood, The Pool of Siloam, --outside of Jerusalem, Palestine, 1900, 2 photographs mounted on card; (8.5x17cm). From a collection of stereo views of Israel/Palestine c.1900. Collection of Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. http://haagradsymposium.pitt.edu/Abstracts/Richmond-Moll.pdf 

 

A Reflection on Debating Visual Knowledge

Earlier this month, students in History of Art and Architecture and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh hosted Debating Visual Knowledge, an interdisciplinary graduate symposium.

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Current Projects
  • Debating Visual Knowledge
  • Graduate Work
  • UAG