Elizabeth Moodey’s “Art of the Book” Student-Curated Exhibition Cited as Successful Collaboration with Vanderbilt Library

artofthebook-jonericksonElizabeth Moodey, associate professor of history of art, and her HART 2288 seminar students this past spring chose and researched the works in an exhibition, Book as Art: Medieval Necessity and Modern Invention, currently on view in the lobby of the Heard Library through March 2017. They investigated medieval and contemporary artists’ books to deduce common threads and broader stories. They also acquired new skills to share oral histories and digital resources.

The exhibition, curated by students Anna Childress, Mary Helen Johns, BA’16, Ariana Parrish, Danielle Pettiti, Francesca Salvatore, BA’16, Sharon Si, Rebekah Smith, and Daniel Weitz, BA’16, represents a successful collaboration between the library and the department of history of art. Composed of seven cases, two interactive touchscreens and a website, the exhibition will be part of a panel discussion at the Southeastern Museums Conference in Charlotte and the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association in Pasadena later this fall.

The Library as Incubator Project has posted an article by Celia Walker, HART MA’85, director of special projects, who plans to offer student-curated exhibitions again next year and is spreading the word to faculty about this opportunity. Walker envisions the library’s exhibition program as a positive part of the students’ academic life, enhancing the collaborative experience at Vanderbilt.

“Art of the Book” exhibition on view in the Central Lobby of the Vanderbilt Library and photographed by Jon Erickson, librarian with the Science and Engineering Library

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