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The Collection Speaks

an audio tour and curatorial installation

I was invited to create a project for the 30th anniversary of the Berman Museum at Ursinus College. From the 8000 artworks and artifacts in the museum’s eclectic collection, I selected thirty pieces—some by signature artists in the collection, others by anonymous craftspeople.


Looking through the storage vaults I couldn't help but wonder what these things say to us (and to each other) when they venture from their quite hibernation. The modernist bronze figure, the Victorian bathing suit, the painted egg. They carry with them so many questions about our attempt to imagine a past and a future that inevitably eludes us.

Listen to excerpts from the audio tour

( Click on thumbnails for full view of images )

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LISTEN:Painting and Palette
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LISTEN:Spoon and Hand
00:00 / 01:02
LISTEN:A Child's Drawing
00:00 / 03:19

My thanks to Nancy Berman, Lisa Minardi, William Earle Williams and Deborah Barkun for lending their time and voices as I learned about the pieces I selected. Special thanks to Berman Director Charlie Stainback for such an interesting opportunity.


Andrew Bishop: music direction

Jacob Warren: bass

Grant Flick: violin, nyckelharpa

Jeremy Edwards: music engineer

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