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Fri, November 30, 2018

10:00 – 12:00

Visit to the ethnographic collections with Francesca Baldry, Collection Manager of the Acton Collection and the museum curator. (Event opened to NYU Students only)

Have you ever seen in one European museum a collection of treasures such as the ones collected by James Cook during his third trip between the Pacific islands and the west coast of Canada (1776-79)? Or those collected by the Lucca explorer Carlo Piaggia in 1853 along the course of the Nile? Not to mention such objects as the ones used by the people of New Guinea, brought back to Florence in 1876?

A behind the scenes tour will bring us to examine these unusual collections, their origin and impact in Italy, and to hear about the challenge curators have today in choosing a way to present this material to a large and diverse public with a new perspective.

Museum Meetings s a cycle of conversations in art spaces designed for all students. It is dedicated to various aspects of art and museums, including: art history, photography, anthropology, collecting, display, techniques and media, conservation, and the role of museums and archives in society today. The program originates in the Acton Collection and expands to other locations in Florence and Italy. All the meetings are conceived as discussions and envisage an active participation.