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NEW ON VIEW: 'THE AMERICAN KITCHEN'

Museum Studies Program undergraduate students in professor Susan J. Bandes' Curatorial Practices course have assembled and

curated Home: Perspectives on the Familiar. The exhibition of approximately 19 pieces presents a variety of subjects and mediums that explore the concept of home. Objects are from the Broad Art Museum, MSU Museum, and the MSU Archives and Historical Collections. The exhibition will be on view in Kresge Art Center's Gallery 125 from December 2 through Dec. 9, 2011. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, 5-7 p.m. The reception is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend.The exhibition has served as hands-on experience for students in the Museum Studies Program. For Home: Perspectives on the Familiar each student in the course actively participated in the show's development. After the theme was collectively developed, students selected and researched artwork and objects from the aforementioned collections, and wrote the labels. They were assigned to groups representing different aspects of exhibition development ranging from marketing and editing, to installation and education, with each group advised by a museum staff member.

Throughout the semester, Professor Bandes' students explored the many ways in which home is conceptualized. They reflected on their own ideas of home, in addition to the ways home manifests itself across social, cultural, and international borders. The students used their discussions to assemble objects dating from the 19th century to the present,that examine both traditional and non-traditional conceptions of home.

An adjunct exhibition, The American Kitchen: Functional Objects from the 19th and 20th Centuries, curated by three Honors College students in the course, is on view in the Orientation Gallery of the MSU Museum (pictured).

Admission is free to Kresge Art Center. Gallery 125 is located on the first floor of the Kresge Art Center at the intersection of Physics and Auditorium Roads, on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.