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New exhibition explores cultures and fosters global understanding
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AMES, IA.- The Christian Petersen Art Museum’s spring exhibition, Creating Global Understanding: World Languages and Cultures and University Museums, showcases works of art from University Museums' permanent collection and explores the ability of art to transcend cultures.

The exhibition is located on the main floor of the Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall in the Lyle and Nancy Campbell Art Gallery. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed holidays and university breaks) and the exhibition will be open from January 13 through July 31, 2020.

The exhibition was co-curated by Adrienne Gennett, Associate Curator, University Museums and Dr. Michele Schaal, Associate Professor of French and Women's and Gender Studies. “This exhibition aims to help students and visitors to start the process of becoming global citizens, traveling the world with eyes open to constantly learn from other cultures and other makers while also connecting their own cultural identities to those that they encounter,” said Adrienne Gennett, Associate Curator at University Museums. “To understand that while we are all very different, there are aspects of our world that are remarkably similar.” The selected works of art were chosen to display the diversity of University Museums’ permanent collection and highlight art from different cultures across the globe. Faculty members wrote interpretations for selected works of art in order for viewers to develop a deeper understanding of the objects and to then develop their own interpretations.

“Countless writers, playwrights, poets, sculptors, architects, and other artists from the Medieval period through today have found inspiration in the works of art produced before their own times. Part of being a global citizen today means knowing the past and reflecting on its impact on today. We learn about the values of different cultures and grapple with how that knowledge brings clarity to the future." -Dr. Rachel Meyers, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Exhibition Contributor










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