Thursday, March 30, 2017

Museum Happenings: April

April is a busy, busy month for the Museum! Click the images to go to each event's site and learn even more information!

 All Month, Tues-Sat 10am-6pm
University Museum
All Ages
April is National Poetry Month, and the Museum is excited to integrate art and literature in a new, interdisciplinary celebration! All month, on the blog and in the galleries, we will spotlight student work inspired by our collections, share lesson plans, and hold interactive events tied to National Poetry Month. #joinus4npm in person or on social media!

 June-July, Most camps 9am-12pm
University Museum
Grades Pre-K-8
$65 for members at the Family-level and above
$85 for non-members
Summer Camp Sign-ups are ongoing. See the website for complete listings and #joinUS this summer!

Every Monday in April, 8:30am
University Museum

Saturday, April 1st, 9am-12pm
Jackson Ave. Center

Ages 0-5
Come join us and Lafayette-Oxford United Way's Excel-ebration! An Excel By 5 Program.

Monday, April 3, 2017, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
University Museum
Grades 6-12

Storytime at the Lafayette-Oxford Public Library
Friday, April 7, 2017, 10:30 am

First Friday Free Sketch Day & Poetry Write-In
Friday April 7, 2017

University Museum
All Ages
The perfect antidote for writer’s block! Come use our LOFT (Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow) gallery stools to sit in the collection and use our artwork as inspiration for your next poem or story. Free sketch, writing, and inspiration materials provided.

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
University Museum

Ages 0-2 with a grown-up
Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ the Powerhouse
Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ the Museum
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Ages 2-5
$5 per family
People, Places, and Things! Kate Freeman Clark Family Day
Saturday, April 22, Drop-in 10 am-noon

University Museum

April (Double) Art Crawl
April 25, 2017
Various around Oxford
Fun, free jump-on, jump-off tour of Oxford’s art scene and YAC Sculpture Trail hosted by the Yoknapatawfa Arts Council. Come meet our new sculpture, Zorro the Fox, and attend a poetry reading at the Museum featuring the works of Professor Blair Hobbs’ students starting at 7pm. Transportation and refreshments provided.

Double Decker Arts Festival
April 28-29
The Museum is happy to announce that it is a co-sponsor of this year's Double Decker Arts Fest! Please come by our information tent on April 29 from 9am-11am for a free children's activity. Check back through out the day and "Meet the Museum," as other staff members inform the community about their role at the Museum!

GFOS's 5th Annual Gospel Choir Showcase 
and Cooking Competition
April 30, 2017 3-5pm
Next to Oxford City Hall

We will also work with groups from:

Dr. Louise Arizzoli’s Art History, Stone Park Mothers' Morning Out, Scott Center, EDHE classes, Lafayette Middle School, Batesville Middle School, DT Cox Elementary, Leap Frog, and more!

Classroom Connections: National Poetry Month Kick-Off

In mythology, the muses were the goddesses of music song, and dance. They were depicted as beautiful, young women, and were the keepers of knowledge because they remembered all things. One of their most important roles, however, was providing inspiration for poets. The word museum translates as "seat of the Muse," and poets would often travel to these temples to pray and hope for the gift of inspiration. Poetry senior lecturer Blair Hobbs has updated the ritual, and brings her introductory poetry students to University of Mississippi's own "seat of the Muses," every semester.

Did you know that there were nine muses and each was responsible for a different area of art?
Kalliope (Calliope), epic poetry; Kleio (Clio), history; Ourania (Urania), astronomy;
Thaleia (Thalia), comedy; Melpomene, tragedy; Polymnia (Polyhymnia), religious hymns;
Erato, erotic poetry; Euterpe, lyric poetry; and Terpsikhore (Terpsichore), choral song and dance.

While the visit and tour is meant to encourage their creative thinking and expose them to an excellent campus resource, she also requires the students to select one piece and use it as the inspiration for a poem. She has shared some of the students' work with Museum staff over the last few years, and we are forever impressed at the depth and new meaning that they bring to our collections at the Museum. These unique, interdisciplinary experiences are as enriching for the staff as they are for the students, and, in order to share this experience with the wider community, Museum Education is happy to announce that we will be celebrating National Poetry Month all April long!

For this first post, we've invited Hobbs to kick-off the month with a modified version of the lesson she teaches to her introductory poetry class:

Lesson Plan:
  1. Read and discuss the student poems on the Museum's education blog. 
  2. If possible, take a tour of the University Museum! Tours can be arranged by contacting Education Curator, Emily McCaulley at If it isn't possible to tour the University Museum, visit our website to see pieces in the collection, or visit another local gallery, museum or online virtual gallery of art work. 
  3. As students tour, they should be on the look-out for a piece that resonates with them. Imagine that they're shopping for ONE piece to take home with them. 
  4. Students should take detailed notes and ask questions of their tour guide. They should write down information from the wall plaques; getting the media/medium, date and artist's name is crucial. Often, the poems work best if the title mirrors the art piece's title. 
  5. The following prompts can help students form a poem
    • Imagine you are the person in the art work, so write from that person's perspective (persona poem). Many times, this approach requires some light research, ex. Googling a Roman goddess (wee!)
    • Write a descriptive poem, including brushtrokes, color, type of paint or clay, a series of images AND end with a slight reaction to the piece or a with a memory conjured by the piece. 
  6. Make sure the poem is not melodramatic and too poet-y. Never write the words dream, soul, God, death, or very general adjectives like beautiful, horrible, interesting, exciting--strive to SHOW not TELL
Once students are finished with their poem they can send it to us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! @ummuseum or use the #joinus4npm. Be sure to check the April Museum Happenings to stay up to date on our latest activities and check back as we post things every Monday and Thursday!

Monday, March 27, 2017

MMT: Revealed! Edward McKnight Kauffer

The graphic artist is Edward McKnight Kauffer!

Library Sloth sits with the illustration for Requiem for a Nun book jacket. 

Referred to as “the Picasso of advertising design” Edward McKnight Kauffer was an influential advertising poster artist in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s.  He produced the dust jacket art for the 1951 first edition of William Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun.

Portrait of Edward McKnight Kauffer

Kauffer may be best known for the 140 posters that he produced for London Underground, and later London Transport. The posters span many styles: many show abstract influences, including futurism, cubism, and vorticism; others evoke impressionist influences such as Japanese woodcuts.

Kauffer returned to America at the outbreak of World War II where he struggled in the more competitive New York City advertising atmosphere until he was approached to do a series of posters for American Airlines in 1947. He created posters for Shell Oil and other commercial clients, and also illustrated books and book covers. In his later years after returning to the United States, Kauffer continued to use the book jacket as a medium for graphic and typographical experimentation, designing jackets for Random House, Alfred Knopf and Pantheon Press. In addition to designing the book cover for Requiem for a Nun, Kauffer illustrated several other Random House Faulkner offerings, including Intruder in the Dust, Light in August and Sanctuary.  

The University Museum and Archives and Special Collections are happy to be a part of the 24th Annual Oxford Conference for the Book! Be sure to stop by for the free, public events next week: 

March 29th, 11 am, Conference Kick-Off with a welcome lunch at Library and Special Collections on March 29th 11:30 am, Jay Slatterfield Lecture entitled "Faulkner at Random: Building a House, Building a Brand" 
March 30th, 1:30pm Panel Discussion related to "Lasting Impressions: Restoring Kate Freeman Clark," with special guest curators Annette Trefzer and James G. Thomas, Jr., and Carolyn J. Brown, author of The Artist's Sketch: A Biography of Painter Kate Freeman Clark

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Museum TAKEOVER! Who Is This Graphic Artist?

Hey folks! I'm back and so excited to takeover the Museum again and share some of what we have in Archives and Special Collections over in JD Williams Library! 
This month, I've been busy helping my archives crew set up the new "Faulkner at Random" exhibit in anticipation of The Oxford Conference for the Book!
Library Sloth hanging around with some good books in Archives and Special Collections
Known for his preference for spare text and symbolic representation, who was the American graphic artist that produced the dust jacket art for the 1951 first edition of William Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun?
Have you ever read Requiem for a Nun? Have you seen this dust jacket before? 

Here is a close-up of the original artwork. What does this look like to you?

This year's Oxford Conference for the Book will be Wednesday, March 29th through Friday, March 31st. Click for a complete list of events. 
The conference kicks off with a welcome lunch at Library and Special Collections on March 29th at 11 am, followed by a talk at 11:30am by Jay Slatterfield entitled "Faulkner at Random: Building a House, Building a Brand". 
#JoinUS at the Museum on March 30th at 1:30pm when special curators will lead a talk related to our newest exhibit "Lasting Impressions: Restoring Kate Freeman Clark." Hope to see everyone there! 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Museum Mystery: What Famous Artist made this Glasswork?

Frequent visitors to the Museum should know who this artist is right away! Her collection is almost always on permanent display in our Speaker's Gallery, and she is most famous for her unique, lacey trees. Not many people are familiar with her glasswork, but it is intriguing to see how she replicated her signature style across different mediums! Do you know who she is? 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Museum Happenings!

Spring is in the air, and we are excited to share with you upcoming plans for March at the UM Museum! In February, our educational programs reached 930 on-site (including repeat participants) and 265 participants off-site. We traveled to Jonestown, MS, learned about ice with our Mini Masters, visited the public library, saw our Scott Center friends, and welcomed families on an exciting journey along the Silk Road Trading Route. We hope you will join us for more fun in March!
We had so much fun sharing the Museum with families at our On the Silk Road Family Day! 

March Museum Public Educational Programming
Click the links to find out more information! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017- Summer Camp Registration Opens Online! 

Friday, March 3, 2017 (Drop-in/Self-guided) First Friday Free Sketch Day

Friday, March 3, 2017, Come visit us for story time at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library!  (FREE, @ library)

Mondays @ 8:30 a.m. (with the exception of 3/13) RebelWell Yoga in the Galleries

Monday, March 6, 2017, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Middle School and Teen Museum Milkshake Mash-Up
(FREE, grades 6-12)

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 3:45-4:30 p.m. (ages 2-5  w/ adult) Mini Masters @ the Powerhouse
($5 per family)

March 23, 2017, 3:45-4:30 p.m. (ages 2-5  w/ adult) Mini Masters @ the Museum

In addition to these programs we look forward to sharing the Museum with the following groups: 

Scott Center, Leap Frog, Jonestown Community Resource and Activity Center, Oxford Elementary INSIGHTS, Art Zone,  Lafayette Elementary, Della Davidson Elementary, UM Art History classes, Batesville Intermediate, Tate County School District, United Way, North Pontotoc Elementary, Conference for the Book. 

Interested in scheduling a group tour or traveling trunk? Contact Emily McCauley at or 662-915-7205