New Exhibits Feature WFU Student Work

This semester the Museum will display two new student-curated exhibits: Horses and the Human Experience and Children’s Holidays in Japan.  The Museum is excited to continue to be able to showcase the work of motivated and talented Wake Forest students.

Chinese Horse figure

This Chinese ceramic
figure, representing a horse galloping through the sky, is now on exhibit.

Horses and the Human Experience, which opened in late January, was developed during the fall semester by senior anthropology major Julia Mileski. Following her own interest in horses, she developed the exhibit plan, selected the objects, conducted research, and wrote the text.  The exhibit focuses on areas where horses have transformed the human experience including labor and transportation, warfare, religion and spirituality, status and symbolism, and sports.  The objects on display provide striking examples of art and technology chosen to highlight the diversity of horse and human interactions in the world and illustrate how horses are integrated into all aspects of cultural life throughout the world.  The exhibit will be on display through December 6.

Japanese Emperor Figure

This emperor doll is an important piece of the Doll’s Day set in Children’s Holidays in Japan.

Students in Wake Forest’s Second Year Japanese class are curating Children’s Holidays in Japan, which will be on exhibit February 26 through June 1.  Japan has several holidays to celebrate children including Doll’s Day (Girl’s Day) in March and Children’s Day (Boy’s Day) in May. For this mini-exhibit, the students will explore the traditions and rituals behind these celebrations through objects in the Museum’s collections.  They will conduct research and write labels in English and Japanese.  A Doll’s Day set of 15 dolls representing the Japanese royal court will be one of the highlights.



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