Case Histories
The Hidden Meaning of Objects
October 5, 2012 — June 8, 2014

Susanna White
Assistant Director and 
Senior Curator of Collections

Wellin Museum of Art


Case Histories explores the hidden meaning of objects from various periods and cultures. Arranged chronologically to chart the human experience through art and material culture, the exhibition presents works drawn primarily from the Wellin Museum’s permanent collection dating from the Paleolithic era to today. Featured objects include a prehistoric hand axe, funerary figurines from Egypt, ancient Greek vases, a wing from a sixteenth-century Austrian altarpiece, and works by modern and contemporary artists. Faculty, staff, and student texts accompany select objects in the exhibition.