Fall 2019

Eat! An Exhibition Seminar at the Mead

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-303


Amy C. Hall (Section 01)
Emily A. Potter-Ndiaye (Section 01)


In this weekly seminar, students will research, design, and install an exhibition at the Mead Museum centered on the theme of food. Working in teams, students will have the opportunity to experience various aspects of curating a museum exhibit - from selecting and researching art and objects to display, to determining interpretive strategies, to coordinating installation, to writing object labels, to planning educational and public programs for the exhibition. Critical course readings centered on food and museum studies during the first half of the course will provide the foundation for student-directed research outside the class. Situating art and objects as both visual culture and ethnographic evidence, the course asks: How have people built kinship, community and meaning through food and eating? What visual and material culture has been created to celebrate and interrogate the act of planting, preparing, and consuming food? What has been considered a food delicacy and how has that shifted in time? In what ways have foodstuffs been part of a “transit of empire”? What new stories might emerge through conversations amongst those objects?

Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Hall and E. Potter-Ndiaye.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to juniors and seniors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019