Past Exhibitions

Some of our past exhibition projects have included:

Cowboy dans l’Ame  (Cowboy at Heart)

The Humanities Exchange was co-curator, advisor, and liaison for the exhibition produced by the Musee de la civilisation, Quebec City, Canada.  The 15,000 square foot exhibition included 750 artifacts and artworks loaned from over 30 institutions in the United States, Canada, and Belgium. The Humanities Exchange negotiated with the American museums for the loans of over 300 artifacts included in the exhibition.  The exhibition was produced by the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, Canada, and was on display in Quebec City from May 2002 – April 2003.

Gratia Dei: Voyage Through the Middle Ages

The Humanities Exchange was the North American liaison for the Musee de la civilisation, Quebec City, Canada.  The exhibition showcased rare objects from major collections in Germany, England, Belgium, France, Spain, and the Netherlands displayed for the very first time in North America, as well as  pieces drawn from the collections at Musée de la civilisation and other Québec institutions, such as the Musée d’art de Joliette, and Université Laval. Organized by the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, Canada,  the exhibition focused on six major themes — space and time, the land and the peasants, the city and the merchants, the crusaders and the pilgrims, the church, and knowledge and communication. Each section showed the transformations that occurred between 1000 and 1500 and their impact on human history and civilization.

Lending partners included the
University of Liege, Belgium
Tresor de la Cathedrale de Liege, Belgium
Westfalisches Landesmuseum fur Kunst und kulturgeschichte, Munster, Germany
National Archaeological Museum of Madrid, Spain
Musee d’Aquitaine de Bordeaux, France
Catharijne Convent, Utrecht, Netherlands.

The single United States site was the Grand Rapids Public Museum.  European tour from 2005-2006.

Bali: Island of the Gods

Humanities Exchange was Project Director and liaison for the exhibition organized by the Basel  Museum der Kulturen in Basel, Switzerland.

The Bali Collection of this museum has become the most comprehensive and important, and scientifically best documented Bali collection in the world.  It consists of about 5000 objects, films, photographs, and recorded material from its own fieldwork as well as master photographs by renowned photographers.
The exhibition is made up of three thematic sections:

Bali – Island of the Gods, consisted of over 250 objects, six DVD-projections and 15 color large scale color photographs
In Gold and Silk – Princely Textiles of Bali, consisted of 11 large scale b/w historical photographs and 30 textiles.
Bali – Living in Two Worlds, consisted of 35 photographs contemporary photographs, 15 objects and a slide projection.

Imperial Rome

Organized by Contemporanea Progetti in Florence, Italy, the exhibition was curated by Dott.ssa Giuseppina Carlotta Cianferoni of the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, Italy, the exhibition included ceramics and terra-cottas, portraits and reliefs, sarcophagi and urns, bronze and marble statues, pieces created by toreutics and silversmithing, gems and cameos, jewels and glass and a large group of coins. The Humanities Exchange  worked as liaison to coordinate the North American tour, and negotiate with the borrowing institutions.  The exhibition opened at the Fernbank Museum in late September 2006 and traveled to Houston, Texas, and Anaheim, California during 2007.

Through the exhibition of approximately 450 artifacts, Imperial Rome illustrated various important aspects of Roman culture, both public and private, as well as Roman artistic expression, during the days of grandeur that was Imperial Rome.   The exhibition not only demonstrated the timeless beauty and value of Roman art in itself, but also illuminated the pervasive and extenuating relationship between Roman culture, the roots of European culture and the common heritage shared today.

Bonnie Prince Charles and the Royal House of Stuart, 1688 – 1788 :  Works of Art from the Drambuie Collection, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Humanities Exchange worked with Drambuie curator, Robin Nicholson, and acted as co-curator and liaison to negotiate and coordinate the borrowing institutions.
Exhibition of portraits, medals, miniatures, ceramics and, above all, engraved glasses — over a hundred diverse works of art by some of the leading artists of 18th century Scotland, England, France, and Italy gave a fascinating insight into the uses of art: both as an elegant weapon of propaganda and as a means of expressing loyalty to an ancestral king in an age of turmoil and revolution.  Exhibited at 6 American museums during 2004-2005.

Partcipating Institutions included:
Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Telfair Museum, Savannah, Georgia
Museum of Arts and History, Albany, New York
Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
Harnett Museum of Art, Univ. of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee
The Fleming Collection, London, United Kingdom

Syria: Cradle of Civilizations

Organized by the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, Canada, in collaboration with the Antiquities Department of the Ministry of Culture of the Syrian Arab Republic.  The Humanities Exchange worked as liaison to coordinate the American borrowing museums.    Participating institutions included the

Musee de la civilisation, Quebec City, Canada
Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, Georgia
Riverfront Arts Center, Wilmington, Delaware.

Treasures from the Musee de la Marine, Paris, France

Organized by the Musee de la Marine, Paris, France, and the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, Canada.  The Humanities Exchange worked as liaison to coordinate the American borrowing museums.  The exhibition was displayed at the

Musee de la civilisation, Quebec City, Canada
Riverfront Arts Center, Wilmington, Delaware
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.

The Soul of Africa: African Art from the Han Coray Collection, Zurich

Organized by the Volkerkundemuseum of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. The Humanities Exchange worked as liaison to coordinate the American borrowing museums, in negotiation of contracts and selecting host institutions.  The exhibition toured to five US and Canadian museums from 1997 – 1999.   Participating institutions included the

Musee du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
The Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Carnegie Institute of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica, New York

Treasures from the Royal Museum of Central Africa, Brussels, Belgium

Organized by the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium. The Humanities Exchange worked as liaison to coordinate the American borrowing museums , in negotiation of contracts and selecting host institutions.  The exhibition toured seven museums in the US and Canada from 1997 – 1999.

Participating institutions included the
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa
National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC
DeYoung Memorial Museum, San Francisco
St. Louis Art Museum
Art Institute of Chicago
Kimbell Art Museum
Museum of African Art, New York City.

Circus Magicus

Organized by the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, in collaboration with the Cirque du Soleil, Montreal.  The Humanities Exchange worked as liaison to coordinate the borrowing museums.   The exhibition was on display during 2001 – 2003 at

Provincial Museum in Victoria, Vancouver
Chicago Museum of Science and Technology
Kansas City Museum

Secrets of Amazonia

Organized by the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec City, Canada.  The Humanities Exchange worked as liaison to coordinate the American borrowing museums.  Toured several US museums during 1999, including the

Denver Museum of Natural History
Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

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