Contemporary Spin: The Guinness Collection Re/Imagined
April 1 – September 18, 2022
Graduate students in the Museum Professions program at Seton Hall University explored the Morris Museum’s historic Guinness Collection, mining it for contemporary stories these mechanical musical instruments and automata might tell. Four themes emerged from this process: stereotypes and identity, public music, technology and innovation, and migration and memory. This exhibition is the result of their work. Organized for Seton Hall University by Professor Greg Stevens, Director of the Master of Arts in Museum Professions program; and student Project Managers Christopher Bohm and Julie Golt, M.A. Candidates.
Organized for the Morris Museum by Jere Ryder, Guinness Conservator; Anne Ricculli, PhD, Guinness Curator; and Sara O’Connor, Preparator; with assistance by Ronald T. Labaco, former Chief Curator. Support for this exhibition provided by Gillian Suss, Collections Manager and Registrar. Lighting by Lewis Perlmutter, Bickford Theatre Technical Director; and Jimmy Warren, Assistant Technical Director.
Learn more about this exhibition, plan your visit, download family activities, and listen to the exhibition audio tour here.
Major support provided by Novartis. Additional support provided by the College of Communication and the Arts, Seton Hall University.
Artwork Credit: Installation view, Hedley Gallery. Photo Morris Museum