Clark Humanities Museum

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.

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Past Clark Humanities Museum Events

Date Exhibit
November 14-30, 2011 Unbound Passions: Japanese Prints of the Tale of Genji

For 1000 years the Tale of Genji has been a rich source for artistic representation, especially in Japanese woodblock prints. Students in the art history seminar ARHI 186C will stage an exhibition of Genji related materials from the Scripps College collections, exploring how the narrative elements and emotions are conveyed in visual forms.

October 3-November 4, 2011 Art Conservation: A New Major and the Future of the Past

This exhibition, inspired by the inaugural year of Scripps' new Art Conservation major, looks at how art conservation and the related area of heritage science combine art, science and technology. The new Art Conservation major at Scripps is part of a larger trend of growing interest in interdisciplinary training. The exhibition, which demonstrates how art conservation develops cross-disciplinary research and decision-making skills, investigates such topics as replicas vs. forgeries; conservation of modern art in outdoor environments; and the analysis, ethics, and preservation of human remains in museums.

August 25-September 21, 2011 Women Over 25: Printing Letterpress for over a Quarter of a Century

The Scripps College Press is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding by the Class of 1941 this year and will host a number of events. In this exhibition, we honor women who have been printing by letterpress for at least 25 years and are still printing and/or teaching letterpress. Viewing books made as an artistic and/or literary endeavor is an excellent way to give students an overview of a contemporary woman's point of view on a variety of themes and issues. The books will be selected by Professor Maryatt, aided by Librarian Judy Harvey Sahak, from the excellent artist book collection at Denison Library and Honnold Library. There will be a broad variety of books: many have been printed by traditional letterpress using metal type, but there will also be books which extend the range by using photopolymer plates and laser cutting, or even digital printing, as women experiment with ways to present their message. Current and former students in the Typography and the Book Arts class will particularly benefit by analyzing the myriad procedures and techniques on view. Core III students will be presented with a spendid selection of books for identifying attributes that persist from the medieval period. The opening reception for the exhibition will be coordinated with the Frederic W. Goudy Lecture sponsored by the Scripps College Press.

March 21-May 4, 2011 Stargazing and Sky Watching: Astronomy Through the Ages

People throughout history have looked to the sky for many reasons: to chart the heavens, to navigate the seas, to establish their place in the universe, even to predict the future. To read and interpret the heavens and divine our place within the universe fascinates us today more than ever. On view in this exhibition are rare items from Special Collections at Honnold/Mudd and Denison libraries and from the astronomy collections of Brackett Observatory at Pomona College about the history of astronomy. Historical books, maps and charts, illustrations, astronomical instruments, and artifacts, from 15th through the early 20th centuries, exemplify the wonder of new discoveries and the excitement of generations past. Significant figures in the history of European astronomy such as Ptolemy, Galileo, and Copernicus will be featured as well as examples of Latin American calendars and instruments used for teaching astronomy to college students.

January 18-March 10, 2011 The Artist Book as an Agent of Social Change

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, "From Materiality to Immateriality: The Coming of the Artist Book." 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.

October 20-December 1, 2010 The Meiji Dilemma: Forward and Backward in Japanese Arts

With the rapid modernization of Japanese society during the Meiji Period (1868-1912) came the dilemma for artists of how to respond to their changing lives. The old patronage system was disappearing, and new clients were needed. What types of art would be appropriate, and how would they be made? As politics and economics evolved, what roles should artists play in the new Japan. What about the old Japan? This exhibition will explore these questions, and objects for display will be chosen and explained by students in the Art History Seminar 186C "Arts of Meiji Japan."

August 31-October 13, 2010 Rendering the Female Subject

Rendering the Female Subject features works on paper, ceramic pieces, and wood sculptures from the Scripps Permanent Collection. The selection includes Pre Columbian terracotta figures, Satsuma ware, Andy Warhol polaroids, an Alison Saar print, an acrylic painting by Jamini Roy, and much more. This exhibit is full of variety! The common thread is that all of the pieces are artistic representations of women. The works are divided into categories: the works on paper fall under thematic categories, and each cabinet will display artwork from a single artist or culture. Rendering the Female Subject displays a few of the many ways that artists have represented women and allows the viewer to draw her own conclusions about the artwork and the women (and men in a couple instances) who are the subject of each piece.

August 31-October 13, 2010 Imaginary Travel to Exotic Lands

This exhibition explores the theme of travel as a metaphysical experience in which physical or imaginary displacement leads to a profound self-enquiry. The quest for the reality of the Self through the experience of the Other characterizes the renewal of the traditional theme of the journey as self-discovery in late nineteenth and twentieth century French literature. This exhibit is linked to Voyage et Exotisme, an upper-division French offering, whose focus is on protagonists who delight in stationary voyages through memory, dreaming, art contemplation, or reading. To emulate their experiences, this small selection of paintings and engravings, drawn from the permanent collection of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, inspires a wide range of imaginary voyages.

March 22-May 16, 2010 Landscapes, Farms and Pleasure Gardens in the 18th Century

New ideas about nature, landscape, farms, and gardens radically changed the appearance and the purposes of the countryside in 18th century Europe, with many extraordinary sites being developed with these new perspectives. This exhibition will present drawings, prints, plans and illustrated books chosen from the collections of the Claremont Colleges, and is in conjunction with the Scripps College art history course "18th Century European Arts."

October 26-December 6, 2009 Japanese Prints of the Noh Theater

The noh theater of Japan dates back to the 14th century, and was supported by both the imperial aristocracy and samurai military classes. When modernization radically changed Japanese society in the late 19th century, noh lost its elite patronage but sought broader public audiences. The artist Tsukioka Kôgyo (1869-1927) was an important promoter of this traditional form of theater, and created over 500 woodblock prints in a 30 year period depicting famous actors and scenes from plays. Scripps College has more than 150 Kôgyo prints, as well as many works by other artists, some depicting the same scenes in different ways. This exhibition is in conjunction with two Scripps Core Humanities Seminars and with the "Arts of Japan" survey course.