Adrian Van Allen
Anthropology design art about contact
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TITLE: Crafting Nature: A Visual Anthropology of Natural History Collecting at the Smithsonian
DATE: 2015-
MEDIA: Digital C-prints, 30" x40"
Currently being organized into a book with essays
Objects tell stories – through their social lives, their materials, their paths of exchange, and the different meanings they acquire as they shift between contexts. This project traces the path specimens take within the museum, following their transformation from living things into museum specimens into data.