Past Program

Mexico: The Ethnographic Museum


Wintersession Travel Course
  • Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Oaxaca, Mexico
Winter 2010

Course Dates: Jan 4, 2010 — Jan 27, 2010

Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Academic Credits
  • Architecture
Course Numbers
  • ARTH H655

Full Course Description

This course is object-centered and will explore the theories and methodologies that have been adopted for the display of ethnographic materials in museums over time. Students will have the opportunity to visit a number of local and regional museums, exhibitions and private collections. We will talk to collectors and to curators, and engage in exercises that focus on the display of objects for general audiences. This will give students a general background on such questions as: how can 3D objects best be displayed? What information should objects be displayed with? What are the goals of an ethnographic exhibition? How are exhibitions organized? Is modern technology making museums obsolete? What are the repatriation regulations, and how have they impacted collectors and museums? The course will require a number of weekend visits to collections, as well as a final project that will be object-centered.

Program Details

Wintersession Travel Courses are open to all RISD + Brown University students. To apply for a Wintersession Travel Course, you must:

  • attend an infosession with faculty (general or course-specific)
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application (Note: Students seeking exception to this academic policy should contact the Registrar at with any questions.)
  • be in good standing in terms of conduct and finances
  • First year students must provide approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies as part of their applications.
  • Brown University students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to RISD students.

Per Student Financial Service requirements, students who plan to travel on school-sponsored trips must first pay their student account in full. Students with an account balance are ineligible for travel and may forfeit any funds already used to book travel arrangements. Contact Student Financial Services at with any questions.

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