Cover Lover: “Let It Happen”

Tame Impala’s “Let It Happen” reimagined by fellow Aussies Husky feels like a bedroom recording, indeed.


Continuing the conversation: Indigenous Contemporary opens this week

Well gee golly. I wrote an article about our imminent exhibition for the USF Museum Studies blog, and it just went live. Fun fun fun!!

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by Nicole Meldahl

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The best part about being a Museum Studies graduate student is stepping outside your comfort zone within your chosen field, even if you’ve been a museum professional for some time. This is particularly true for students in Professor John Zarobell’s Curatorial Practicum being taught this Fall as an elective course in the University of San Francisco’s museum studies program. This week, our class opens Interwoven: Indigenous Contemporary–the contemporary Native Californian art exhibit we have curated at USF’s Mary and Carter Thacher Gallery.

The curatorial practicum students meeting with Professor John Zarobell to begin the installation process. The curatorial practicum students meeting with Professor John Zarobell to begin the installation process.

Interwoven: Indigenous Contemporary continues a conversation on Indigenous artistry from the Thacher Gallery’s Fall exhibit, Interwoven: Native California Basketry Arts from the Missions Forward. It moves the dialogue forward by presenting a survey of generationally diverse artists who dispel romanticized Native American archetypes and challenge preconceived…

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What it’s like to install an exhibit

In case you were wondering what it’s been like to install a contemporary art exhibit, wonder no more!! Here’s the inside scoop from USF.

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The installation of Indigenous Contemporary is well underway and we have been hard at work to ensure everything is in place by the opening.  It is exciting to finally have an opportunity to directly apply what we have learned in our Curatorial Practicum course in the actual installation of the exhibit.  It is one thing to discuss the artwork and choose which works will be exhibited, but it is another entirely to unpack it yourself and see it firsthand.  As our professor John Zarobell remarked, “It’s like Christmas!”


Implementing the exhibition layout planned by the installation team has been a fascinating process.  As one might imagine, 20 people brainstorming and debating how to best display each artist’s work is both exciting and exhausting.  Curators must take account of many different factors when placing artwork including spacing, height, sequencing, and even how well separate artists’ works relate to each other.



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