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Art History Exhibition: Material Agents-Objects as Intermediaries

March 13, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


This exhibition explores the social action of artworks, artifacts, and material and visual culture from the UWM Art Collection and is co-curated by students and faculty from the “Intro to Art Museum Studies II” class.

The exhibition demonstrates that inanimate objects take on social agency as nexuses that draw together people across time and space, serve as portals to separate realms of being, or both. as earthly intermediaries, objects facilitate relationships between individuals and communities. The results are syncretic aesthetics that reveal both harmony and tension in interpersonal connection. As portals to other realms, objects are conduits by which people and communities transcend the physical sphere to spiritual realms. With more than 40 objects in the exhibition, the curators assert that while objects might seem inanimate, they are powerful agents in connecting beings in the material and spiritual worlds.

The show is open December 8 through March 31, Mondays through Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Opening reception is Thursday, December 8 from 5 to 7 pm. Free and open to the public.



March 13, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery
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