College of Communications and Fine Arts Art Museum of the University of Memphis

"Is it an artifact? Is it art?"

 French Pistol: 1981.2.1 14 1/2 x 8 1/2” Bradshaw Grazing horse, Japan: 1990.6.8 10 1/2 x 15 1/2” Cargile   Eccentric flint: 1984.1.78 8 1/2 x 2” Koch  South Indian relief: 1976.1.2 36 x 16” Quinn  Rice scoop, Dan, Ivory Coast: 2008.2.162 8 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 1 1/4” Reckard  Boss Tweed  SW Indian (Acoma) pot: 1984.1.200 5 1/4 x 6 1/2” P. Harris
 Panama, mola: 1984.1.246c 23 1/4 x 32” Dodds  Folding book, Mexican: 1984.4.6 7 x 5" folded Rowe  Samurai helmet: 1983.1.1a 13 x 13 x 9” Babineau  Sword, Ethiopia: 1980.1.6 30 1/2 x 9 x 1 1/2” Mundy  Yam Mask, Abelam, New Guinea: 2008.2.166 16 x 11 1/4 x 4 1/4” Pearson  Basket, Indonesian?: 1987.4.1 9 x 3 1/4” Clynes  Janus cup, Classical: 2002.1.1 3 1/2 x 3 x 3” Valentine

This exhibition is designed for you to answer that question for yourself! You will see objects from many different cultures and time periods that are displayed with numbers instead of labels. Do you know if they are Art or Artifact? Is there a difference? Is the answer in the eye of the beholder?

If you wish to learn about the culture or history of the objects, there is an information packet that corresponds with the number beside each object. You may pick up a packet when you enter the exhibit, and return it before you leave.

When you finish your journey through Art(ifact), please feel free to record your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and opinions about Art and Artifact in our Response Book.


Art(ifact) will be on display: December 1, 2012 – January 12, 2013

AMUM is closed: December 23, 2012 – January 1, 2012


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Installation Images

This exhibition was developed and installed by University of Memphis students as part of their Museum Studies class on Museum Exhibitions (Art History/Anthropology 4662/6662/7985). The students and faculty wish to thank the director and staff of the Art Museum of the University of Memphis for their help and guidance in the preparation of this exhibit. 

Graduate Students: Kimberly Bradshaw, Penny Dodds, Patricia Harris, N. C. Kaplan, Clare Brooke Mundy, Alexandra Pearson, Harris P. Quinn Jr., Ginni Reckard, Kelly Rohlman, and Megan Valentine. Undergraduate Students: Walter Babineau, Lois Mandy Cargile, Kristen Clynes, Toni Michele Haines, Rachel Koch, and Brian Rowe. Supervising faculty: Dr. P.V. Podzorski.


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