October 28, 2020
Stamps students in Catherine Barry’s Florilegium: A Plant Compendium course respond to work featured in the exhibition Curriculum / Collection, on view online and at the U-M Museum of Art (UMMA) through June 2021.
As part of Curriculum / Collection exhibition, Barry opens up her course prompts to the general public through guided “assignments.”
In Curriculum / Collection, an incredible variety of University of Michigan courses take material form. Collected for each course are objects that address the nature of reality, imagination, and vision in relation to politics, social action, science, mathematics and more.
Working in collaboration with University faculty, the works in this exhibition were selected for their capacity to provoke engagement with the guiding questions and themes of their specific courses, while also offering students material and inspiration for research projects in their areas of study. The exhibition demonstrates some of the diverse and creative ways art plays a central role in learning across the disciplines. It also asks us to consider what we can learn from art objects across an infinite variety of specialties and subject matter.
As classes begin in Fall of 2020, you’ll be able to use this page to explore the collections designed for each course, dive into the works themselves, and hear from the professors and students about how they are engaging with art and objects in new ways. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something surprising along the way, too.
Leaf from an Arabic translation of the De Materia Medica by Dioscorides.