Kansas City Object Lessons is a field trip course, facilitated by Erin Zona, in which students will visit, view, and discuss often unshared archives and collections within our city.
Meeting each week in a different location, students have the very special opportunity to view objects, art objects, and works on paper that exist in local personal and private collections as well as "hidden" within well known Kansas City institutions. To view these types of objects, removed from the traditional museum display, allows the viewer a unique experience including insight into the wide functions of art and the ways in which art and collecting are reflective of Kansas City history.
As a field trip / experience based course, the issue of documentation and tangibility became very important to the instructor. Erin wanted students and our tour guides to leave each field trip with something material. So each week, she would customize a laser-cut relief block (or stamp) as a gift for our tour guide. At the end of each field trip, She would ask our tour guide to personally stamp a paper record or “passport” for each participant in the course.
Kansas City Object Lessons will be offered again in Fall 2015.
Fall 2014 Collections Visited:
Belger Art Center
Tour Guide: Mo Dickens
LaBudde Special Collections and GLAMA
Tour Guide: Stuart Hinds
The Museum of Funeral History
Tour Guide: Lee Ward
KU Spencer Museum, Print Study Room
Tour Guide: Stephen Goddard
John and Sharon Hoffman Collection
Tour Guide: John Hofman
Leila's Hair Museum
Tour Guide: Linda