"All our stories are so different, but we're all the same:" Homelessness and Addiction in our Community
An exploration of poverty, addiction and recovery in Kittitas County, including community quotes and art created by community members. Installation on Dean Lobby Wall. Co-curated by CWU museum studies interns, Sarah Bair, Barbara Hammesberg, and Elizabeth Seelye,, with Mark Auslander. Opening January 14.
Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America
In Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America, anthropologist Philippe Bourgois and photographer-ethnographer Jeff Schonberg document the daily lives of homeless drug users, drawing upon more than a decade of fieldwork they conducted among a community of heroin injectors and crack smokers who survive on the streets of San Francisco’s former industrial neighborhoods. Numerous black and white photographs are interwoven with edited transcriptions of tape recorded conversations, fieldwork notes, and critical analysis to explore the intimate experience of homelessness and addiction. Revealing the social survival mechanisms and perspectives of this marginalized “community of addicted bodies,” the exhibition also sheds light on the often unintended consequences of public policies that can exacerbate the suffering faced by treet-based drug users in America.
A traveling exhibit from the Penn Museum.
How did the Cougar Cross the Road? Restoring wildlife passages at Snoqualmie Pass
April 17 - December 6, 2014
This exhibit tells the story of wildlife connectivity corridors linking animal populations formerly divided by Interstate 90. Follow in the footsteps of native fauna over a recreated wildlife overpass and discover how the cougar crosses the road, and how humans are helping.
September 24 - December 6, 2014
A selection of handmade prints addressing migrant issues from Justseeds & CultureStrike.
Migration is a phenomenon, not a problem, something that simply is. The right to migrate and to move freely is our human right. When societies restrict or choke off the movements of their citizens, they end up doing the work of a dam- they generate power and control floods, but in doing so they destroy life and wreck the surrounding space.
We want to re-imagine migration as an inevitability, as a social practice that is not to be prevented but to be related to, like weather. All migration starts with social relationships. When people move, they are going either towards their families or communities, or more often, away from them. They move to help their relatives, or support them by leaving. People migrate because their homes stifle them, because those homes become burdens they need to shed in order to have full lives. They move in search of opportunity, or to escape their past, or to simply survive. They move because of lies they are told and that they come to believe, and they move to fulfil the most beautiful and fragile of dreams. Migration is fundamentally about our right to move freely across planet Earth, in search of our fullest and best
Wolves in Washington State
January 30 - June 14, 2014
Wolves, once hunted to near extinction, are making a comeback in Washington State. Understanding how to coexist with wolves is crucial to their survival. A complex story, Wolves in Washington State examines wolf ecology and management issues as well as highlights the critical role wolves play in promoting a healthy ecosystem.
Incorporating thought-provoking text, map, and wildlife photos onto free-standing banners, the exhibit presents visitors with a balanced approach to the story of wolves in Washington State. The exhibit also illuminates the important cultural significance of the wolf in Pacific Northwest Native American culture.
The exhibit also includes a touchable wolf skull cast and comparative species tracks, a "frequently asked questions" brochure, and a magnetic "current events" message board with brochure box.
Wolves in Washington State was organized by the Burke Museum, University of Washington with help from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Where there's Smoke... Living with Fire
October 2, 2013 - March 22, 2014
Where there's Smoke explores the impact that fire has on our lives and our landscapes. Featuring current research on ancient fires, stunning photographs of the Taylor Bridge Fire, and artifacts from the human history of fire, this exhibit touches on many aspects of how humans and the environment live with fire.
Voices of the River: Life along the Yakima
January 9, 2013 - June 11, 2013
Voices of the River celebrates the diverse stories and experiences inspired by the Yakima River of south-central Washington state, giving voice to the women and men whose lives have been intertwined with the river and introducing visitors to the web of biodiversity in this dynamic, changing ecosystem.
fashion STATEMENT: Native Artists Against Pebble Mine - January 9 to March 16, 2013
Archeologists Dig Central: Excavating the Campus
October 13, 2012 - December 1, 2012
History exists beneath our feet, waiting to be dug up. Archaeologists Dig Central explores the role of archaeology on the Central Washington University campus, and brings to light some rarely seen items left behind over thousand of years. Co-curated by students Erin Chenvert and Karina Harig, with help from Shane Scott of the Central Washington Anthropological Survey.
Particles on the Wall
September 19, 2012 - December 1, 2012
Particles on the Wall (POTW) is an interdisciplinary group exhibit exploring elements of science and the nuclear age, Hanford history, their thread through our lives and their bearing on the Columbia River and natural world. The goal of the exhibit is to unite the arts and sciences to forge a more healthy and peaceful world, while exploring Hanford history and the nuclear age. Exhibit pieces illuminate key events regarding the nuclear history and role of nuclear technology in Washington State, current concerns with radioactive contamination, and the quest for peace. Given the magnitude of the topics, the tone of the exhibit is one of quiet commentary yet restraint, to best impart both the need for concern and an element of hope in the face of issues on war, peace, and the nuclear age that rest in our own back yards.
No Place Untouched by War: The Second World War and Central Washington College of Education
May-October, 2012, Barge Hall
No Place Untouched by War explores the experiences of the cadets of the 314th Army Air Corps detachment and their time at CWCE, from 1943 until 1944. Using photographs, newsletters, and personal accounts, this exhibit provides a rare glimpse into the lives of young people—both cadets and college students—during WWII. This exhibit was curated by Museum Studies senior Kevin Sodano, with assistance from senior Michael Chapman
Through the Rabbit Hole: A Journey into Imaginary Worlds – May 3 to June 15, 2012
The Mapmaker’s Eye: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau – March 15 to June 15, 2012
Cruisin’ the Washington Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson – February 2 to April 15, 2012
In My Shoes: Stories about Life, Told from the Bottom Up – January 28 to June 15, 2012
Journey Stories – January 28 to March 11, 2012
Storytelling through the Mail: Tall Tale Postcards – September 29, 2011 to January 21, 2012
Sacred Spaces – February 3 to June 11, 2011
The Secret Life of Shells – October 7, 2010 to June 11, 2011
Bicycle Eclectic – May 5 to June 19, 2010
Guns, Furs, & Steel: Alexander Ross at the Crossroads – March 31, 2010 to January 15, 2011
The Wenas Creek Mammoth – March 25, 2010 to Ongoing
Beyond Black and White: The Stories Behind Our Masks – February 19, 2010 to December 11, 2010
Collections Spotlight Mini-Exhibit: Ceramics - February 19, 2010 to March 20, 2010
River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia – September 26 to December 17, 2009
A new exhibition on the indigenous arts of the Philippines will open at CWU’s Museum of Culture anTraveling Exhibit Teaches The Facts On Composting
Facts on Composting, a traveling exhibition developed by the Institute for Neurotoxicology and NeuroKIMA TV On The Museum's Homelessness Exhibtion
See Crystal Bui's report, on KIMA TV, on the Museum of Culture and Environment's exhibition on Homel