On November 27th, members of the Exhibits Committee met with a huge endeavor: narrowing a selection of 43 objects down to just 6 to 8 for our upcoming African stools exhibit. We went through all the images Geralyn and Thierry sent us, and discussed what objects would best relate to the themes of our exhibit. We also had the option to put any additional objects we liked in the CultureLab, so we had a little more flexibility with the number of objects we could request.
We looked for stools that exemplified themes such as class and iconography. For
example, the portability of stools is a big indicator of gender: men’s stools tend to be lighter, whereas women’s stools were heavier and not meant to be moved. We chose stools that illustrate these differences clearly, and are also appealing to the eye. Stools that might not fit in to our larger themes will be put in CultureLab so visitors can see more examples of the diversity of African stools, along with smaller objects, such as a sword and a comb with stools carved on them. Another interesting addition to our exhibit will be a colorful parasol Thierry selected from the collections. It should add a nice pop of color to the whole exhibit—maybe even a color theme?
While we narrowed down the list pretty effectively, we want to do a little more research on specific objects to see which pairings make more sense. If some of the objects we intended to represent one theme are more appropriate in another pairing, we’ll switch up some of the objects to make them relate better to the larger exhibit. Geralyn left some articles and books in the CultureLab for reference, but we will also consult Thierry to see which objects make most sense for the exhibit.
Also, don’t forget: tomorrow, December 1st from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., will be our big gala, “A Night at the Haffenreffer: An Evening Soirée.” Zal and Ariana organized this lovely event, and we hope tons of people will make it! There will be music, refreshments, and interesting things to look at. We hope to see you there! Sponsored by the Late Night Fund, organized by the Haffenreffer Museum Student Group.