Scene at the Museum: Performing Exhibits and Exhibiting Performance
Wednesday, December 3; Noon

This talk, by Dr. Beth Kattleman, Associate Professor/Curator of Theater at the Lawrence and Lee Theater Research Institute at Ohio State University, will explore the synergy between exhibits and performance, focusing in particular on how puppets are especially potent in their ability to evoke the stories of a specific time and place. Every artifact contains a story, and it is a curator's responsibility to help unlock these stories and bring them to life for museum visitors. A puppet is an artifact that perhaps best "embodies" performance and culture, whether still or in motion. As a human simulacrum, the puppet often captures the look and feel of a culture in ways that other artifacts do not. Puppets can look like human beings (more or less), and even in stillness, they denote a performance in which they may move like human beings, perform human acts, and exhibit human emotions. The event will be free and open to the public.

WinterFest--Creating Cookbooks and Other Gifts
Sunday, December 7; 2-3:30 p.m.
Bring your favorite recipes and we'll help you turn them into a special cookbook to be given as a gift this holiday season. Also, colleagues from BloomingLabs will drop by to teach us how to make pop-up cards. And while you're here we'll work on other gift-worthy crafts during this free public event.

Exhibit Opening--Still/Moving: Puppets and Indonesia
Friday, December 12; 4:30-6 p.m.
Join us for the opening of Still/Moving: Puppets and Indonesia, curated by students in T775: Museums and Performance class, taught by Jennifer Goodlander, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. The exhibit uses puppets, one of the oldest types of Indonesian performing arts, which still persists today in many forms, as a way to better understand the dynamic peoples and places of Indonesia--focusing on Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese cultures. The event will feature presentations by the students, followed by a reception, and will be free and open to the public.