The Marvelous Museum: A Project by Mark Dion
The Oakland Museum of California
September 11, 2010 - March 6, 2011
I was the Curatorial Intern for this major, museum-wide exhibition from start to finish, reporting directly to Senior Curator of Art René de Guzman. Beginning with the initial research in June 2010, I culled images from the museum archive and collected research for the artists. I was also involved in image research for the exhibition catalog published by Chronicle Books.
An unprecedented expedition through the Museum’s art, history, and natural science collections, conceptual artist Mark Dion presents a multiple site-specific installations and interventions throughout the art galleries, drawing upon the overlooked orphans, curiosities, and treasures from the collections. Many of these objects date back to OMCA’s predecessor institutions (a baby elephant, a sled used in a nineteenth century Arctic expedition, an elaborately decorated hornbill skull, a snuff bottle collection, and much more) and, while they often lie outside of OMCA’s California focus, still tell a rich and captivating story of how museum collections are assembled over time.
More on the exhibition and accompanying events.