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Yesterday’s Objects and Tomorrow’s Objects: Remembering the Past and Envisioning the Future

November 13th, 2014 by Megan Hancock

Chowder Hour Talk

Thursday, November 13th
Denison Museum, Burke Hall

Frank Hassebrock
Department of Psychology,Faculty Fellow for Learning and Teaching, Denison University

What are the keepsakes that you have carried with you over the years? A childhood teddy bear? A first-place medal from a track meet in high school? A picture of you and your brother playing in the ocean as kids? Your grandfather’s favorite deck of playing cards? These objects are examples of keepsakes that adults report using as cues for remembering rich, vivid, and emotional memories of experiences, people, and places. Do men and women, as well as younger and older adults, keep different types of objects, and thus recall different kinds of memories of the past? In this talk, I will present some of my research which has investigated how our memories associated with keepsakes, souvenirs, and mementos shape our identity and self-concept, social interactions with others, and emotional responses. In addition, I will report on the types of keepsakes that people predict they will obtain and keep in the future as they age. Are these potential keepsakes a window for envisioning our future memories as well as our future selves?

Lunch is provided, RSVP required.
RSVP to Cookie Sunkle
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Expressing Memories of Atrocity: Words, Images, and the Things People Carry

October 23rd, 2014 by Megan Hancock

Thursday, October 23rd
Burke Hall, Denison Museum

Dr. Robert N. Kraft
Professor of Psychology, Otterbein University

Beginning in the late 1970s, Holocaust archives began videotaping the oral testimony of Holocaust survivors. Housed in these archives are uniquely authored accounts of traumatic memory: thousands of hours of unconstrained recall from individuals who lived through extended atrocity. These archives then document the recall of personal experiences in the context of larger historical events.
As a psychologist, I study oral testimony of Holocaust survivors to understand memory for atrocity and its aftermath and to characterize the persistent influence of such memory on the lives of the survivors. Unlike the topographic summaries of trauma in large correlational studies or the distant approximations in the laboratory, qualitative study of Holocaust testimony discloses what resides within each person: the phenomenology of the tormented. One goal of this research is to generalize the findings on the psychology of Holocaust survivors to other groups of people, including the survivors of widespread atrocities in Rwanda, Guatemala and Darfur.
Drawing on close observation of more than 130 Holocaust testimonies at the Fortunoff Video Archive at Yale University, this presentation outlines how atrocity is remembered, how it shapes the lives of the survivors, and how it is communicated to others. The presentation integrates Leslie Starobin’s exhibition, focusing on still-life montage as an effective method for representing the conflict between rupture and continuity.
Notably, the Holocaust testimony reveals two levels of representation: core memory and narrative memory. Core memory consists of representations of the original phenomenal experience – vivid perceptual images, deeply-felt emotions, and bodily sensations – which are then integrated into episodic narratives, creating memory’s second level. The core memories of atrocity are extraordinarily persistent; recent memories do not weaken or conceal them and time does not diminish their potency.
Some survivors remain silent all their lives. Others reveal their memories only reluctantly, later in life. Still others translate their private memories of horror in public gatherings, narrating the traumatic events to memorialize the lives of those who were murdered. In such cases, narrating memory ascribes meaning not to the past suffering and not to the memories themselves but to the function of memory. No longer meant to be hidden, memory is meant to be communicated: to educate others and to document the lives of those who were murdered. Ultimately, archives of oral testimony serve two functions: as a resource for scholarship and as a form of commemoration.

Learn more about Robert Kraft and his work

Fall 2014 Exhibition Reception

September 11th, 2014 by Megan Hancock

Join us as we celebrate the Fall 2014 Denison Museum exhibitions of Curiosity and Inheritance: Stories of Memory and Discovery with an Ice cream social! Stop by to see the new art and stick around for live music, art making, and a tasty treat.

FREE and open to the public.
Thursday, September 11th
Burke Hall, Denison Museum

Earth Week Photo/Video Contest

April 22nd, 2014 by Megan Hancock

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Take a photo or video of all things GREEN between April 1-22.
Topics could include but are not limited to: energy & water conservation, recycling, composting, buying local, reusing, and consumption.

Set your profile to public, then post your photo or video on Instagram, Vine, Facebook, or Twitter.


Go to the Denison Museum Facebook page and VOTE for your favorite photo or video.
Winners Announced Earth Day!

Check it out:

Submit your Photo(s) or Video(s) April 1-22.
Vote online. (Denison Museum Facebook Page)
The winners will be announced Earth Day, April 22.

First Place will win a $50 gift certificate to Day y Noche
Second Place will win a $25 gift certificate to Day y Noche.
Third Place will win a $10 gift certificate to Whit’s.
*Additional awards given for the especially creative.

1. Photos and Videos must be PG
2. You may submit more than one photo or video
3. If filming others, you must have their permission before posting

Family Day Festival

April 5th, 2014 by Denison Museum

Family day panel
Saturday, April 5, 2014
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Denison Museum (Burke Hall)
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This fun filled, child friendly event will feature the museum ‘Green Revolution’ exhibit as well as demonstrations, story time, a drum circle, and engaging hands on art making activities for all ages focusing on creating treasured objects from recyclables and awareness of an individuals impact on the Earth, or Green Footprint. Family Day is free and open to the public with adjacent free parking. Light refreshments will be served. Rediscover the Denison Museum and get an early start on Earth Day!

This version of Green Revolution is based on an exhibition originally created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago and its Black Creativity Council and is made available by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Service.

Family Day Festival is made possible with:
Carolyn Knox, Fiber Artist
Licking County Local Food Council
Granville Public Library

Opening Reception: Green Revolution

February 27th, 2014 by Denison Museum

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
4:30 to 7:00 PM
Denison Museum (Burke Hall)
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Green Revolution is a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition used jointly by Denison University and The Works in Newark to create and promote local environmental awareness and accountability through multidisciplinary hands-on experiences and community partnerships. At Denison Museum, Museum staff and student employees are proud to unveil a series of “eco-zibits” conceived, designed, assembled, and interpreted by a diverse team of students, faculty and staff. Participants come from a variety of Denison programs including Studio Art, Education, and Environmental Studies, as well as Denison Sustainability, Denison Chemical Society, Denison Science and Art Interest Group, Denison Libraries, and The Homestead.

This version of Green Revolution is based on an exhibition originally created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago and its Black Creativity Council and is made available by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Service.

Vail Visiting Artist Lectures

November 21st, 2013 by Denison Museum


Opening Reception: Personal Space

September 17th, 2013 by Denison Museum

Personal Space
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
4:30 to 7:00 PM
Denison Museum (Burke Hall)
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Personal Space

Denison Museum is pleased to welcome the exhibition “Personal Space”. “Personal Space” will explore the fragility of the human body, utopian and dystopian realities/fantasies, vulnerability, fear, anxiety, and desire. The New York based artists comprising the show — Jennifer Paige Cohen, Dani Leventhal, Yasue Maetake, Ohad Meromi, and Jennifer Nuss will exhibit work ranging from modestly scaled drawings to large sculptures and video.

In an ongoing effort to highlight the outstanding quality of Denison Museum’s permanent collection, the five artists participating in “Personal Space” have generously curated pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection that will be included in the exhibition.

This exhibition was curated by Tommy White, Denison University Assistant Professor of Studio Art.

Exhibitions on view September 12, 2013 – December 7, 2013
Free and open to the public.

Family Day and Book Making Workshop

April 20th, 2013 by Denison Museum

Saturday, April 20, 2013
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Denison Museum (Burke Hall)
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Please join us this spring for a fun-filled afternoon of family friendly events and Book Making Workshop. Refreshments will be served. All ages welcome. This event is free and open to the public.

Book Making Workshop

In association with the exhibition Druckworks: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker, the students of Denison University’s Artists Books class will conduct a one-day workshop for ages 6-18. This free class will teach some amazing and simple book binding processes that have been used by artists of all discipline to work with the book as a form of art. All materials will be provided.

Druckworks Gallery Talk

March 1st, 2013 by Denison Museum

Johanna Drucker

Johanna Drucker

Friday, March 1, 2013
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Denison Museum (Burke Hall)
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A Gallery Talk with Visiting Artist Johanna Drucker. Johanna Drucker is a distinguished writer, typographic poet, and scholar-critic. The DRUCKWORKS retrospective allows audiences to experience the course of her artistic development while offering key insights into the evolution of the field of artists’ books as an interdisciplinary, and often collaborative, artistic and literary activity.

Co-sponsored by Denison Museum and Creativity & Courage: Denison’s 2012-13 Spectrum Series

DRUCKWORKS: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker is organized by the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago.

“I really appreciated the wide range of tasks I was able to complete during my time at the Denison Museum. Some days I spent painting galleries, while other days were dedicated to collections care, cataloging, research or marketing.”

— Jane-Coleman Harbison '10