Magic Lanterns

FEBRUARY 13 – AUGUST 10, 2024

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Astrological Signs, Carpenter and Westley Magic Lantern Slides, ca. 1860


Magic Lanterns is an immersive exhibit containing luminous prints and projections of astronomical and astrological imagery sourced from 1860’s magic lantern slides from the Millington-Barnard Collection of Scientific Instruments. Magic Lanterns, a predecessor of modern slide projectors, was used to swindle, entertain, and enchant its audience for hundreds of years before the advent of moving pictures. Large projections of slides like these revolutionized teaching. With a single device that could fit in an average room a viewer could suddenly travel the globe or see through an observatory telescope lens.


Continued Artistry

AUGUST 1, 2023 – AUGUST 10, 2024

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continued artistry Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Pueblo of Zuni and Navajo Nation

Choctaw basket weaving is and important traditional artistry that has been practiced for centuries. Baskets were first created primarily for utilitarian use and came in a myriad of shapes and sizes to serve different functions. While production and common use has dwindles in the past century, native weavers continue the tradition, passing their skill to the next generation. Most contemporary Choctaw basket weavers are still based in Mississippi, though a few are based in Oklahoma.

Indigenous artisans of the southwest have practiced silversmithing and jewelry making since the mid-19th century. Spanish and Mexican people first taught Navajo artists the foundational skills that would later lead to their iconic artform. While initial Navajo designs were chunky pieces of silver with etched designs, the Navajo people soon began setting stones into the silver creating the style best known today.


Recent Acquisitions, 2012-Present

MAY 9, 2023 – MARCH 23, 2024

Painting. "The Diver,"

The Diver, 1977 by Jere Allen (b. 1944-)  Bequest of Lucy Turnbull, 2020


Recent Acquisitions, 2012-Present

From its inception, the University Museum has thrived due to the generosity of its many supporters. With an expansive range of historical, artistic, and cultural objects the Museum is able to offer a regular rotation of diverse and compelling exhibits. This exhibition celebrates recent donations and purchases to the Museum over the past decade featuring work by acclaimed artists such as Dean Mitchell, Purvis Young, Hale Aspacio Woodruff, Maude Schuyler Clay, Katja Oxman, Georgia Speller, William Dunlap and more.

View Recent Acquisitions in the Edmonds Gallery, Seymour Lawrence Gallery, Fortune Gallery, and Online.


Decade of Donated, Community-Funded Work on Display at UM Museum


Friends of Theora

JANUARY 17, 2023 – DECEMBER 9, 2024

Painting. "Jacob’s Ladder," ca. 1951-1955, by Stuart Purser

Jacob’s Ladder, ca. 1951-1955, by Stuart Purser

Most people know Theora Hamblett for her paintings of her childhood memories, dreams, visions, and her faith; however, this exhibit examines the external influence of other artists that inspired Hamblett as an emerging artist, student, and observational painter searching for her own artistic voice. Many of the works on view were from her personal collection, collected through art exchanges with artists that she befriended.

Friends of Theora can be viewed in person in the Lower Skipwith Gallery. This exhibit is also available online: Friends of Theora Hamblett















‘Friends of Theora’ on Display at University Museum