On Friday, September 22, the Anderson Gallery opened a new exhibit, “APPARATUS: The Technology of Seeing / Worldviews,” showcasing the art and technology of seven different cultures. This gallery showcased art of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, the art and technology of the Renaissance, and works of the Gothic period, along other cultures of the world.
The exhibit was curated by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen, an art history professor at Drake University. According to the Anderson Gallery’s website, Metrick-Chen said the gallery “provides the experience of walking through [seven] different ways of seeing and understanding the world.”
Visitors to the exhibit were also able to interact with the technology of the period, although some of the technology had to be handled carefully. Some visitors could play with or look at virtual reality technology of the current day, and there was also the option of looking through different images through a mirror while the image becomes clearer to the viewer.
Other options visitors could do is appreciate the work of Renaissance art, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man,” or look at the fabrics of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. There was also a video playing in the exhibit about the ways the Yoruba use technology. Along with enjoying the exhibit, visitors were also allowed to enjoy a buffet of food outside of the gallery.
The “APPARATUS” exhibit is open until October 22. For more information about the Anderson Gallery, visit the Anderson Gallery’s website at theandersongallery.wordpress.com or the Exhibitions page at drake.edu.