Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Small Monkey, 1945, Oil on masonite, 16” x 22”, Photo Credit: Gianni Dagli Orti, ©2015 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society, New York

Frida Kahlo’s Indigenous Identity

Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
April 11, 2015-April 16, 2016
M&S student Alison Tretter's Capstone exhibition, "Frida Kahlo's Indigenous Identity: Ancient Ceramics in Modern Art" compares four objects from the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum’s ancient Americas collection with three of Kahlo’s paintings in order to highlight the artist’s personal relationship with Mexican material culture.

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Baltimore National Heritage Area Trail

Multiple Locations
Spring 2015

During the Spring 2015 semester, students in Elizabeth Maloney's M&S course AS.389.275, explored how heritage areas and historic sites serve visitors through interpretation.

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Making a Museum: The Peale Family in Early Baltimore

Homewood Museum
December 4, 2014-May 31, 2015

M&S student-curated exhibit of the Peale family's Baltimore-related artwork, which also explore the origins and continued development of the landmark museum and portrait gallery opened in Baltimore by Rembrandt Peale in 1814.

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Foot Locker

The Copycat Building
Spring 2015

Footlocker, Thomas Teurlai’s solo American debut, was curated by M&S senior Joseph Shaikewitz as a Capstone project in Museums and Society and supported by an Arts Innovation Grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Recreating Ancient Greek Ceramics

Baltimore Clayworks
Spring 2015

This hands-on course in experimental archaeology brings together undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines to study the making of Athenian vases. Students work closely with expert ceramics artists, and in consultation with art historians, archaeologists, art conservators, and materials scientists to recreate Greek manufacturing processes.



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From Here to Eternity: The Symbolism of Evergreen’s Eight Immortals’ Scrolls

Evergreen Museum and Library
October 24, 2014–May 31, 2015

Curated by museums and society minor and guest Evergreen student curator Shilei Chen, the exhibit investigates a series of late 18th-century red and gold painted Chinese scrolls acquired to decorate Evergreen’s dining room in the 1920s. 

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A Sense of Place: Homewood Campus

Homewood Campus
2014–2015 Academic Year

Students in museum education consultant Beth Maloney’s course Interpreting Sites and Collections created 10 interpretive signs about the history of the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus.


Surrealism at Mid-Century

Milton S. Eisenhower Library
April–June 2014

Students in a course on Surrealism offered by Molly Warnock (History of Art) developed and curated an exhibit of surrealist journals produced between the late 1930s and the early 1950s in Paris, London, New York, and Mexico.

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Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore’s Burlesque

Modell Lyric Opera House
May 5 and 7, 2014

Museums and society minor Erin (Gloria) You participated in the two-semester MICA Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS), which resulted in the project Workin' the Tease: The Art of Baltimore's Burlesque.

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A Tale of Two Houses: Homewood, Clifton, and Historic Preservation

Homewood Museum
December 10, 2013–May 25, 2014

Curated by students in the annual Curating Homewood class offered by Catherine Arthur, director of Homewood Museum, this exhibit weaves side-by-side histories of two houses significant to Hopkins history. 

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Motifs in Jewish Art

Fall 2013–Fall 2014

Curated by museums and society minor Drew Lash, Motifs in Jewish Art is the fifth in a series of student-curated exhibitions focusing on the Henry Sonneborn Collection of Judaica.

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In Focus: Ara Güler’s Anatolia

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
December 14, 2013–May 4, 2014

Students in museums and society's Spring 2013 course Photographs on the Edge worked under the mentorship of staff from the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries to develop an exhibition of never-before-shown images of important Anatolian monuments shot by Ara Güler.


Herbert Haseltine: Sculptor of the Modern Age

Evergreen Museum and Library
March 10–May 26, 2013

Museums and society minor Chloé Pelletier curated the show, which offers an intimate look at this renowned artist through the friendship he maintained with Ambassador John Work Garrett and his wife Alice.


Please Touch: An Interactive Study

Milton S. Eisenhower Library
January 30–May 26, 2013

Museums and society minor Hannah Weinberg-Wolf curated the first ever exhibition on the Johns Hopkins University campus that aims not only to communicate cutting-edge research taking place at the university, but also to gather scientific data.

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Portrait of a City: Views of Early Baltimore

Homewood Museum
December 4, 2012–May 26, 2013

Students in the annual practicum course offered in conjunction with Homewood Museum, Curating Homewood, curated a show of prints and original works of art recording the landmarks, landscapes, and historical moments of the 19th-century Baltimore.


Reinstalling Asian Art

The Walters Art Museum
Fall 2012–Fall 2013

A multiyear collaboration in which students reconsidered the East Asian, South, and Southeast Asian collections of the Walters Art Museum.

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Jews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus

Multiple Locations
Fall 2012–Spring 2013

Students in the Spring 2012 course Staging Suburbia worked as public historians alongside Jewish Museum of Maryland curators and staff to develop a traveling exhibition about Baltimore’s Jewish suburbs.

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To Glorify and to Sanctify: The Crown Motif in Jewish Ritual and Art

Fall 2012–Fall 2013

Museums and society minor Gabrielle Barr curated a show about the significance of the crown as a motif in Jewish culture from the rabbinic period to the present.

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Federal Foodies: From Farm to Table in Early Baltimore

Homewood Museum
February 3, 2012–April 29, 2013

Students in the annual practicum course offered at Homewood Museum developed a show exploring the culture of food, farming and festivity in 19th-century Maryland.

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Print by Print: Series From Dürer to Lichtenstein

Baltimore Museum of Art
October 30, 2011–March 25, 2012

As part of the first Mellon-funded collaboration between the Program in Museums and Society and a local museum, students worked on an exhibit of more than 350 prints, many of which had never been exhibited before.


Zelda Fitzgerald: Choreography in Color

Evergreen Museum and Library
October 19, 2011–January 29, 2012

Museums and society minor Laura Somenzi curated the show, which peered through Fitzgerald's image as the definitive flapper and revealed her both as an artist longing for recognition and a representative of a broader pervasive struggle for social equality.

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From Sacred to Secular: Collecting and Caring for Judaica

Fall 2011–Fall 2012

In this exhibition, museums and society minor Emily Carambelas considered how museums balance their mission with religious instructions regarding the preservation, interpretation, and display of sacred objects.


The Archaeology of Daily Life

Spring 2011

Students in a course offered by Hérica Valladares (Classics) worked closely with the Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Museum to create an online exhibit and catalog of 24 little known and mostly unpublished artifacts of everyday Greco-Roman life. 


The Art of Diplomacy: The Garretts in Rome

Evergreen Museum and Library
March 6–May 29, 2011

Museums and society minor and Evergreen Student Curator Kit Harris curated the show, which explores how the Garretts used their status within Roman society to further an exchange between the art worlds of the U.S. and Italy.

Privileged Pursuits: Cultural Refinement in Early Baltimore

Homewood Museum
February 4–April 17, 2011

Homewood Museum's sixth annual student-curated show explored how young Baltimoreans were instructed in cultural activities including music, dance, literature, fine art, and civility in the early 19th century.


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Audio Tour for Treasures of Heaven

The Walters Art Museum
Fall 2010

Students in Walters Art Museum Associate Curator Martina Bagnoli’s course Walking With Reliquaries worked on an audio tour for the exhibition Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe.

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Reading the Peabody

Milton S. Eisenhower Library
November 1, 2010–January 21, 2011

Curated by Gabrielle Dean and her students from the Spring 2010 course Reading Culture in the 19th-Century Library, the exhibition explored how 19th-century readers might have used the rich holdings of the library's collection.

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Evergreen as Muse

Evergreen Museum and Library
December 2008–January 2009; December 2009–January 2010; December 2010–January 2011; December 2011–January 2012

This exhibition series showcased original art and writing created by students in the museums and society course Artist in the Museum under the mentorship of Homewood Art Workshops instructor Phyllis Berger and Evergreen Museum Curator and Director James Abbott.

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The Five Senses and Jewish Ritual Objects

Fall 2010–Fall 2011

The role of sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste in Jewish ritual tradition is explored in Museums and Society Minor Suzanne Gold’s student-curated exhibition.

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The Authority of Ruins

Spring 2010

Students in a course offered by Hérica Valladares (Classics) developed an online exhibit that explores the study of antiquity in Italy and changes in the methods of analyzing and depicting ruins over a span of 300 years.


Baltimore’s Billy Baldwin

Evergreen Museum and Library
May 20–October 24, 2010

Students in the Spring 2010 museums and society course Curating Culture at Evergreen worked with museum Director and Curator James Abbott to research and put together this exhibition dedicated to Baldwin's lengthy and influential career.  


Decades of Change: Alice Garrett and the Theatre, 1900-1952

Evergreen Museum and Library
February 28–April 25, 2010

Organized by Evergreen Museum student curator and museums and society minor Suzanne Gold, this focus show considers how theater provided a means of self-expression, and even self-definition, separate but parallel to Alice Garrett’s role as an ambassador's wife.

On the Road: Travel and Transportation in Early Maryland

Homewood Museum
January 28–March 31, 2010

Researched and produced by Johns Hopkins students in museums and society's annual Curating Homewood course, the show considered aspects of travel related to early Baltimore families such as the Carrolls of Homewood.  

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A Handsome Museum: Selections From the Henry Sonneborn Collection

Smokler Center for Jewish Life
November 2009

Museums and Society student Sarah DePaolo, with the assistance of Suzanne Gold, explored the history of the Henry Sonneborn Collection of Judaica on the occasion of its return to the university.  


At Your Fingertips

Baltimore Museum of Industry
Spring 2010

Students in the spring 2009 course History of the Artifact worked with historian and BMI educator Lori Finkelstein to research and organize a focus show at the BMI dedicated to the embossed type invented by Braille.  


Art on the Move

The Walters Art Museum/Online
Fall 2009

Students in Elizabeth Rodini and Benjamin Tilghman (History of Art)’s course “Material Migrations” researched the movement, over centuries, of 14 objects from the collection of the Walters Art Museum. Their findings were developed into interpretive Google Earth tours.

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Close Looking at Rinaldo and Armida

Baltimore Museum of Art/Online
Spring 2009

Students in Elizabeth Rodini’s course Close Looking at the BMA researched the richness of the Anthony van Dyck painting Rinaldo and Armida from multiple perspectives. Their findings were developed into a web-based interactive of the painting.


“Twitter Jay and the Re-Cyclists”

American Visionary Art Museum's Kinetic Sculpture Race
May 2, 2009

Follow a dedicated team of students from Arts and Sciences and Engineering as they negotiate a challenging 15-mile course through Baltimore with "Twitter Jay," their kinetic sculpture with a electronic twist.  


Next to Godliness: Cleanliness in Early Maryland

Homewood Museum
January 29–March 29, 2009

The result of research conducted by students as part of the annual Curating Homewood course, this focus show explored aspects of clean and dirty in the early 19th century.


It’s a Man’s World: The Collections of the Male Garretts

Evergreen Museum and Library
November 1, 2008–March 31, 2009

Curated by museums and society minor and second Annual Evergreen Museum student curator Matt Turtoro, the show examined the collecting activities of three generations of men in the Garrett family, who owned and resided in the Italianate mansion on North Charles Street that now belongs to Johns Hopkins.  

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Mapping the Cosmos: Images From the Hubble Space Telescope

The Walters Art Museum
February 2–July 27, 2008

Seven students in the Fall 2007 course Behind the Scenes at the Walters Art Museum worked closely with experts from the Walters and the Space Telescope Science Institute to research everything from astronomy to museum audiences and design a show of cosmic maps.

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Welcome Little Stranger: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Family in Early Maryland

Homewood Museum
January 17–March 30, 2008

Curated by students in museums and society's annual Curating Homewood course, this exhibition explored the practices surrounding pregnancy and childbirth among families like the Carrolls of Homewood.

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Printed Sculpture/Sculpted Prints

The Baltimore Museum of Art
November 14, 2007–March 30, 2008

Curated by Elizabeth Rodini and undergraduates in her Spring 2007 course Paper Museums: Exhibiting Prints at the BMA, this exhibition featured prints and small-scale sculptures from the BMA's extensive collection.

Renaissance Men: Classical Form in Art and Anatomy

Milton S. Eisenhower Library
November 5, 2007–March 3, 2008

Curated by museums and society students Gillian Maguire and Whitney Shaffer, this show featured works from the Sheridan Libraries Special Collections and the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine.  


Feathers, Fins, and Fur: The Pet in Early Maryland

Homewood Museum
January 4–March 31, 2007

Students in the annual Curating Homewood course use artifacts and objects to investigate early American history. This exhibit explored views of the pets and livestock that were part of the scenery of early Maryland.


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The Material Culture of Academic Life

Fall 2014

Students in Jennifer Kingsley’s course Curating Material Culture for the Digital Age research diverse artifacts from across the Hopkins universe and present their findings as part of an interactive online exhibit.

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