Hands-On Curatorial Program
provides an opportunity for high school students to work hands-on with the Coe collection of over 2,300 works of Indigenous art from around the world. Through museum visits and weekly sessions, the curators learn how to create their own exhibition from the Coe collection.
This year the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting closures threw our student curators a curveball. Normally, these curators would have completed their exhibition installation by May—resulting in a wonderful public opening. In an amazing act of resiliency and creativity, this group of curators has continued to meet weekly, adapting their exhibition to these new circumstances.
The exhibition this year is about nostalgia and how objects and spaces can trigger those feelings. Their title, decided upon in December, is
(I’m Nostalgic For) Memories I’ve Never Lived Before
—which feels particularly prescient given what has happened since then. They are in the final stages of preparing this exhibition, which will be shared with the public through a website that they have built themselves.
Their website will be live in a few weeks—please stay tuned for the announcement! In the meantime, maybe you can take time to think about the weight of
for the things that we all, collectively and individually, haven't lived before.
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