Art History Class Treated to Exhibit Tour by Museum Curator

Laughing students packed into a van on a field trip.
Graduate students in Dr. Rachel Stephens’ ARH 577 class travel to the Birmingham Museum of Art. Photo courtesy Jude Anogwih.

This fall, Dr. Rachel Stephens took her graduate seminar students in American Portraiture (ARH 577) on a field trip to the Birmingham Museum of Art. The class visited the exhibition Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now, organized by the National Portrait Gallery, and were treated to a tour by BMA Curator of American Art Dr. Katelyn Crawford, who organized the BMA’s installation of the show.

Stephens said that before taking the trip, the class read and discussed the exhibition’s scholarly catalogue, highlighted by an opening essay by the exhibition’s curator Dr. Asma Naeem. Crawford hosted a discussion with the class in the exhibition. Students continued their discussions with the curator over lunch at the museum.

Transportation, as well as breakfast and lunch at the museum, were funded by the College Art Association Art History Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions.

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