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Special Exhibitions

Excavating Archaeology @ U-M: 1817–2017

Architectural brick, unfired clay. Karanis, Egypt. University of Michigan Excavations, 1924-1935.

October 18, 2017–May 27, 2018

This exhibition explores the history of archaeology and museums at the University of Michigan for the past 200 years and looks forward to the future of archaeology and museums at Michigan in the coming century. The exhibition relies on carefully chosen objects, archival documents and images, and other illustrative materials to examine moments in the history of the University of Michigan’s involvements in archaeology and the location of archaeology in the museum environment.

Curators: Terry G. Wilfong and Carla M. Sinopoli

Cosmogonic Tattoos: Window Installation and Exhibition by Jim Cogswell

Detail of Apulian Krater (340 BC), 2015. Ink on mylar, 12” x 18”
University of Michigan Museum of Art: April 22, 2017–June 2, 2019

Kelsey Museum (exterior):  June 2, 2017–May 2, 2018

Kelsey Museum (interior special exhibition): June 2–September 10, 2017

In celebration of the University’s Bicentennial in 2017, artist and professor Jim Cogswell has been invited by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Museum of Art to create a set of public window installations in response to the objects in their collections.  Titled Cosmogonic Tattoos, his project uses adhesive vinyl images applied in saturated colors to windows in the two buildings, highlighting the role of these museums in the life of our campus community. Through close examination of objects separated from us by deep chronological and cultural divides, imaginatively transformed within our campus context, this project celebrates the power of architecture, ornament, and material objects to shape knowledge, historical memory, and cultural identity.

Guest curator: Jim Cogswell