The History of Perception
January 9 to April 22, 2018
Sensory perception is a complex combination of physiological, psychological, cultural, social, and political factors. As a result, perception has a history: different groups of people in different times and places have, quite literally, perceived the world in very different ways.
This exhibition explores the history of perception through the lens of visual art and serves as primary source material for a University of Chicago class of the same title. Drawn from the Smart Museum’s collection, the works on view illustrate a spectrum of perceptual interests—from social consequences to optical dimensions. As part of the class, students will write accompanying label texts for the exhibition and explore qualities of perception through performance and other experiences.
The History of Perception was first incubated during a class visit to the Smart's study room and is one of several concurrent exhibitions that showcase the ways in which the Smart Museum engages with and shares the intellectual life of the University with the broader public.
Carrie Mae Weems