Human Forms, Human Functions


Image of african maskThis exhibit showcases the diversity of human forms in art from around the world.  Although all reflect idealized representations of particular human qualities or characteristics, these idealized elements serve many functions, from beautifying adornment to remembrance of loved ones or signification of power. 

Chosen from the Fleming's large material culture collection, this collection of historical and ethnographic objects challenges the viewer to look beyond the compelling visual qualities that each offers to see their larger significance as part of human dramas and human lives.


Curated by the students of HCOL196F: Introduction to Museum Studies, with thanks to the University of Vermont Fleming Museum and the Center for Teaching and Learning.