Interpretations 2023 – online exhibitions

MA students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies have curated nine new online exhibitions using a range of open access collections.

The exhibitions have been developed as part of Interpretations — a core module for students taking MA courses in Art Gallery and Museum Studies and Arts Management and Heritage Studies.

Using an action learning approach, students are supported to learn about object research, interpretive practice, text writing, visual communication and marketing.

Visit the exhibitions

Full details and links to each of the nine online exhibitions can be found on the events pages of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage website:

Don't We Deserve a Name?
York Museums Trust collection

HERitage: Hysteria’s Shadow
Science Museum Group Collection Online

Modern Martyrs
Rijksmuseum collection

People Living with Nature
The Biodiversity Heritage Library

Rubber Revolution: Safe Sex Marketing in the AIDS Epidemic
Wellcome Collection

Shall We Grab a Drink? Challenging Representations of Drinking and Drinkers
Art Institute of Chicago

The Home
Smithsonian open access

The Human Season: Surviving, Thriving and the Art of the Seasons
The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection

The Lion's Share
Yale Center for British Art collections online

Feature images

From left:

Detail from Home of Moses Glimes, Civil War Veteran, c.1870. Photographic print with applied color, sight 7 3⁄8 x 9 1⁄2 in. (18.7 x 24.1 cm). Object no: 2002.48.14, Smithsonian. Creative Commons Zero license.

Detail from Autumn and Winter: two heads made from flora typical of those seasons, Anonymous, Italian, 16th to early 17th century. Inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Italian (ca. 1580–1620). The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2015:13. Image used under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.