Clark Humanities Museum

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Housed in the Humanities Building at the center of the Scripps College campus, the Clark Humanities Museum features five to seven exhibitions annually. Their goal is to complement the curricular offerings of the College with particular attention to offerings in the Humanities Core Program. Scripps professors, often assisted by their students, serve as curators of these exhibits, and the majority of the materials exhibited come from the Scripps College Collections housed in the Williamson Gallery and Denison Library.

Museum hours are 9:00am-12:30pm and 1:30-5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Current and Upcoming Events

Past Clark Humanities Museum Events

Prison Obscura

September 2-October 17, 2014

Prison Obscura presents rarely seen vernacular, surveillance, evidentiary, and prisoner-made photographs, shedding light on the prison industrial complex. It builds the case that Americans must face these images to grasp the proliferation of the U.S. prison system and to connect with those it confines. It encourages visitors to ask why tax-paying, prison-funding citizens rarely get the chance to see such images and to consider what roles such pictures play for those within the system.

The Privileged and the Penniless: Marion Post Wolcott Photographs the Great Depression

March 24-May 16, 2014

Using prints on loan from Sharen Blasgen '64 and her husband Michael Blasgen as well as photographs from the Scripps permanent collection, the exhibit will inform visitors about photography and the Depression, but most importantly, it will highlight the achievements of an important woman photographer from American history.

The Artist Book as an Agent of Social Change

January 13-March 7, 2014

Denison Library holds a remarkable collection of medieval manuscripts and incunables, finely printed books, and artist books. In this exhibition, artist books from this collection which function as an agent of social change will be highlighted. The selections will be made by the members of the Core III course, "The Artist Book as an Agent of Social Change." The collection contains contemporary artist books which might advocate a change in policy, comment on an existing situation, critique social positions, or highlight injustices. Such books often express a personal point of view, or might present impersonal information which is meant to be subversive or illuminating. The fact that they are artist books means that they use the aesthetics of the book form to emphasize their point, utilizing not only text and visuals but layout, format and binding to communicate their position. This exhibition will reinforce the fact that there is a wide range of perspectives on any issue.

Modernizing the Meiji

November 15-December 10, 2013

Students in ARHI 186C will select objects from the Scripps College collections that demonstrate how Western art was adopted and adapted during the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Students will curate the exhibition and write labels for prints, paintings, ceramics, cloisonne, sculpture and textiles.

Silk Splendor: Chinese Textiles & Garments

October 10-November 7, 2013

Students in ARHI 152 will select Chinese textiles and other artworks with similar designs from the Scripps College collections to survey the extraordinary visual culture of late imperial China. Students will curate the exhibition and write labels for prints, paintings, ceramics, cloisonné, furniture and textiles of the Ming - Qing Dynasties (15th-20th centuries).

Chinese Paintings & Japanese Woodblock Prints

August 29-October 3, 2013

The Scripps College collections include over 300 Chinese paintings and prints and over 2000 Japanese woodblock prints, available for students to view and to consider for research projects.

Hand, Voice, & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop

January 22-March 7, 2013

This traveling exhibition features 40 artists' books from 36 influential, contemporary book artists, published between 1979 and 2009 by Women's Studio Workshop. Additionally, a broader view of the more than 200 works completed during that period at the WSW is provided by a companion display of books held by the Ella Strong Denison Library that were not included in the original selection.

Courtesans and Court Ladies: Images of Women in Japanese Prints

April 16-May 11, 2012

Curated by students in the art history seminar "Japanese Prints," this exhibition will explore how women have been represented in Japanese prints, with examples selected from the Scripps College Collections.

Stefan Zweig — An Austrian from Europe

March 1-April 6, 2012

The exhibit presents photographs, portraits, facsimiles of manuscripts and documents, including some recently discovered material of the prominent Jewish Austrian playwright, journalist, and biographer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942). A prolific writer in the 1920s and 1930s, Zweig fled Austria in 1934 after Hitler's rise to power, lived first in England, and then, in 1940, moved to the United States. In 1941 he left for Brazil where he and his wife committed suicide in 1942 in Petropolis. After decades of silence, Stefan Zweig is now recognized as one of Salzburg's "great sons." Reflecting the latest developments in literary research, the aim of the exhibition is to present a portrait of Stefan Zweig's life and work that includes bibliographical details and avoids nostalgic glorification. The exhibit will give the German program the opportunity to introduce an Austrian writer to our students and explore his biographical background in light of his philosophy and the political reality. A round table discussion with Klemens Renoldner, the Director of the Stefan Zweig Centre in Salzburg, and other experts in Austrian Literature is planned. The exhibit will be organized and sponsored by the City of Salzburg Culture Department and the Austrian Consulate General.

The Medieval Rôle in the Contemporary Artist Book

January 17-February 22, 2012

Because Denison Library and Honnold Library hold a remarkable collection of medieval manuscripts and incunables, finely printed books, and artist books, we can trace medieval attributes persisting in contemporary artist books. The selections for the exhibition of such books will be made by the students in the Core III course, "The Medieval Rôle in the Contemporary Artist Book." The contemporary artist book utilizes structures and textual conventions based on medieval prototypes, but experiments with new ways of presenting contemporary issues. The medieval book established the canon for Humanist letterforms which led directly to modern Roman typefaces; the medieval layout of the page is the precursor of the modern grid system; authoritative texts were extensively dissected by use of glossing, highlighting the issues of the day. Conventional attitudes about the role and depictions of women in the medieval period will be examined. Particular attention will be paid to how contemporary artist books address and question these attitudes and what forms such books might utilize to make their point. The exhibit will be designed and installed by Professor Maryatt's students. A catalog written and produced by the students will contain essays not only examining persistent medieval attributes but will critique the books, supported by their experiences in discussing the issues of the day in the Core Curriculum. A DVD showcasing the books in the exhibition will also be produced by the students. By the end of the semester, the students will create their own artist book, enriched by the knowledge they have gained over the semester. The opening reception for the exhibition will be coordinated with the Frederic W. Goudy Lecture sponsored by the Scripps College Press.