We went on location to record this episode of Campus Voices. It’s always a treat when we get to feature some of the exhibits in the University Museums. This time, Sarah Tompkins, our intern, and Richard Gordon, the show’s host, went to the University Museums galleries in Old College, where Ivan Henderson, Curator of Education, University Museums; Sarah Leonard, a Ph.D. candidate in Art History; and Janis Tomlinson, Director, University Museums, gave us a guided tour of the two exhibits being hosted in the Old College Galleries.
First Ivan told us about all four Museum exhibits for the fall semester:
- Renderings: New Narratives and Reinterpretations, in Mechanical Hall
- Sculpted by Nature: Silver and Copper from the Peter H. Farquhar Collection, in the Penny Hall gallery
- Delaware Awake! World War I at Home and Abroad, in the Old College west gallery; and
- Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Art Recovery Team Antiquities from the Guardia di Finanza, in the Old College main gallery.
Then Sarah gave us a detailed tour the Delaware Awake exhibit, which includes a mixture of pieces very specific to Delaware and its response to World War I, and several posters, books, paintings, drawings, and other material that demonstrated a variety of artistic responses to the war from artists and journalists across the United States and Europe.
Finally, Janis gave us a tour of the Art Recovery Team exhibit. We looked at wine jugs, little perfume and oil bottles, a mosaic, and a marble statue–all rescued from art thieves who roam the Italian landscape. Just spectacular.
We hope the audio interview whets your appetite to go see all of these University Museum exhibits, open Wednesdays – Sundays noon to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Listen to the Interview
Ivan Henderson, Sarah Leonard, and Janis Tominson
Photo in Old College Gallery by Sarah Tompkins
Photo of Sleeping Putto, courtesy DeBooks
Photo of Delaware Awake, courtesy University Museums