“Encountering Early America”

Worcester Magazine

February 20th, 2014 by 

The most recent issue of Worcester Magazine features “Global Encounters in Early America,” a new exhibit at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. Patricia Johnston, Rev. J. Gerard Mears, S.J., Chair in Fine Arts and primary curator for the exhibit, explained that “Global Encounters in Early America” strives to change the way people perceive early American visual art and its connection to the world.

“A lot of what we’re trying to do at Holy Cross is not only the education of our students, said Johnston. “We want to go beyond the Holy Cross campus, and there will be many classes coming in from the Worcester public schools to see this, because the way that world history is being taught in the middle schools and the high schools is much more global. So we are having several world history classes come in from the Worcester schools so that they can incorporate this into their curriculum.”

Another unique aspect to “Global Encounters in Early America” is the involvement of Johnston’s curatorial seminar students in the exhibit.

“I like to teach periodic curatorial seminars where students get a chance to work with objects from period collections and learn the museum field,” said Johnston, “Putting together objects that make arguments that explore questions that are interesting for the field of art history, but also for the general public.”

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