Excavating the Smart Museum: (Re)viewing the Classical Greek and Roman Collection

April 1 – June 8, 1997

The exhibition focused on eighty artifacts from the Smart Museum’s classical Greek and Roman holdings.

University students researched objects ranging from sculpture to coins and then catalogued them according to the themes of death, gender, public space, entertainment, and religion. By examining these objects in light of current scholarship, the students were able to reinterpret their meanings and better situate them within a social context.

Based on a seminar taught by Gloria Pinney, Professor of Art History and Classical Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago.