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
September 1-October 16, 2009 Printing & Patronage: Books in Renaissance Italy, 1450-1550

On view are original letters, illuminated manuscripts, and printed books from Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library and from Denison Library's Rare Book Room. The writings of Angelo Poliziano are highlighted along with such intellectuals as Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, Landino, Bruni, and others. The earliest printed works of Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Savonarola, Machiavelli, Guicciardini, and Ariosto also are featured. Selections of the landmark Italian Renaissance printers in the Libraries include works printed by Aldus Manutius, Nicolaus Laurentii, and Sweynheym and Pannartz, to name a few.

August 24-October 16, 2009 Buddhist Art at Scripps College

Scripps is fortunate to have several important works of art that illuminate the teachings of Buddhism. From an 8th century Chinese sutra scroll to a 20th century Korean woodblock print, the collection includes a wide variety of paintings, calligraphy, prints, sculptures, ceramics, cloisonné and textiles. This exhibition will focus on images of bodhisattvas and Bodhidharma, and is in conjunction with two Scripps Core Humanities Seminars and with the "Arts of Japan" survey course. Of particular interest is a recently restored 15-16th century Ming Dynasty baimiao / fine line ink painting of the Bodhisattva Samanthabadra; this is one of 15 Chinese paintings currently being conserved by one of Japan's foremost painting conservation studios in Kyoto.

April 27-May 15, 2009 Fabulous Flowers: Rare Books and Botanical Illustrations, 1491-1891

Organized by students in the Core II seminar "The Nature of Nature : Enlightenment Ideas about the Landscape," the exhibition features illustrated books about botany, farming and herbal medicine. More than 30 volumes were selected by the students from the Rancho Santa Ana Special Collections Library and the Honnold Mudd Library Special Collections. The oldest volumes are herbals from 1491, showing how medicinal plants could be grown and used. Several herbals from the 16th and 17th centuries show how the knowledge of plants was transmitted and increased, due to global trade. Many 18th century volumes depict exotic plants newly introduced to Europe from Asia, Africa and the Americas. Two volumes document the voyages of Captain Cook to the South Pacific. Three volumes are by the famous botanic illustrator Pierre Joseph Redoute and feature lilies.

April 20-May 8, 2009 Seeing Sites: European Landscape Prints

The students in Core II "The Nature of Nature: Enlightenment Ideas about the Landscape" will curate an exhibition of 18-19th century prints that depict views of nature and the landscape. These images will be selected from the Denison Library Rare Book Room and Special Collections and from the Scripps College Collections of engravings, lithographs and woodblock prints. Students will be organizing the exhibition and writing labels as part of the Core II seminar.

March 23-April 16, 2009 Haydn on Tour: A Documentary Exhibition on Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

A primary source for research on luminous historical figures and their work is the collection of documents which they themselves created, such as letters, memoranda, notes, and other original documents in the hand of the historical figure. Other documents, such as letters written to them by colleagues and friends, and commentary and reviews by recognized contemporary critics, can also shed light on milieu, context and contemporary thinking. The exhibit, "Haydn on Tour: A Documentary Exhibition on Joseph Haydn (1732 — 1809)," will bring to the Clark Humanities Museum a collection of selected documents in facsimile from various Haydn archives in Austria. With the support of the Austrian Consulate of Los Angeles, and the international celebrations organized by Haydn 2009, Scripps College and the Clark Museum are among a select small group of venues around the world hosting this exhibit during the 2009 year. Honoring the 200th anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn, the documents in the exhibit, along with other sources in the Honnold Libraries, will serve as source material for student projects during the spring, 2009, semester.

February 16-March 6, 2009 Culture in Conflict

This exhibition presents images from the recent war in Northern Ireland and focuses in particular on the murals which played an important role in articulating the conflict. The mural images selected include representations of historical events and processes, the political standpoints of all of the main players in the conflict (including the Irish Republican Army, Ulster Loyalist paramilitary forces and the British Army), the concerns of local communities at the centre of violence, and modes of formal political and ideological address. The tone and content of the murals ranges from overtly political declarations to brutal depictions of the violence, from death-threats to the use of humour and irony. Taken together, the images reflect the attempt by various forces to use the walls, streets and public spaces of Northern Ireland to regulate, construct and possess space for political purposes.

January 20-February 6, 2009 Pushing the Envelope: The Scripps College Press since 1986

Forty-five fine press artist's books made at the Scripps College Press will be shown in the exhibition curated by members of the Core III course, From Materiality to Immateriality: The Coming of the Artist Book. The Scripps College Press has been at the forefront of the private press movement since its establishment in 1941. In the 60s, Ed Ruscha, Sol LeWitt and others gave a new twist to bookmaking and challenged us to see the book as art. By 1986, the Press took a new direction by focusing on limited edition books produced by students in the Typography and the Book Arts course as a collaborative project each semester. Core III students will critique each book presented in the catalog, identify how it fits into book genres as defined by Johanna Drucker, and mount the exhibit. A DVD produced by the students showing several pages of each book, with commentary, will be shown at the exhibit.

January 19-March 12, 2009 Foundations: Groundwork for Contemporary Artist Books

The foundations of artists' books will be shown in the exhibition curated by members of the Core III course, From Materiality to Immateriality: The Coming of the Artist Book. Core III students made selections from Denison Library's significant collection of artists' books that demonstrate key influences from the long history of the book. The significance of materials like papyrus and vellum, of hand-written and typographic styles, printing practices, imagery techniques and textual changes will be presented through examples from Denison's Special Collections. Core III students will critique each book presented in the accompanying catalog, identify how it fits into book genres as defined by Johanna Drucker, and mount the exhibit. A DVD produced by the students showing several pages of each book, with commentary about its influences, will be shown at the exhibit.