An Aesthetic Taxonomy
Congrats to my follower newfriendly for being the first to identify Friday’s Freak of the Week as fish otoliths! Otoliths, also called statoconium, are calcium carbonate accumulations drawn from the surrounding water. Otoliths are found in the vestibular labyrinth of vertebrates, aka a canal in the inner ear. Their main function serves as an equilibrium mechanism to help the animal sense things like gravity and linear acceleration. To learn more about otoliths, check out the Wiki page! The otoliths I photographed on Friday belong to a variety of sea bass (family Serranidae) and barracuda (Sphyraena)species. We all agree here that they would also make some great earrings.
In other news, our art show is HUNG AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! These photographs are from the installation on Saturday. This has been a work in progress since February when Sam, Dave and I discussed the possibility of raising money for the museum collections by having a group art show. We gathered eight artists ranging from professional artists, to current students, BFA and BA graduates, staff members, archaeologists, and hobbyists to come together and contribute work to this show. I am so proud to have worked with this talented group of people and am forever grateful for their dedication and hard work with helping me put this show together. Also, a huge thank-you to the UC Gallery staff, students, and interns who worked so hard all day Saturday to help us organize and hang the work!
For those of you in Missoula, the show is in the UC Gallery (second floor of the University Center) and will be on display through November 30th. Our opening reception is this Thursday, November 1st, from 4-6 p.m. Around 5 that day I will have a short discussion about our museum and its role on the UM campus, and share with those in attendance a bit of my experience coming to volunteer here at the UMZM.
The UCG is open Monday - Friday, 10a.m. - 4p.m. and is free and open to the public. The profits from sold work by myself, Hannah, Louis, Sam, and Kadie will be donated to the UMZM, as well as two of Dave’s pieces. Louis is also selling individual lithograph prints for $10. Be sure to stop by and leave us a note! See you at the opening!