Reordering the Universe: Recent Acquisitions

Chandelle
Chandelle, 1966
Norman Bluhm
Oil painting
Gift from the family of Norman Bluhm
Although it may seem a hyperbole to declare the universe reordered with the confluence of three dozen  works of art, it just might be accurate when taking into account the magnificent miscellany that is Reordering the Universe: Recent Acquisitions.

This assortment of the latest works of art to enter the BSUMA collection is delightfully diverse. All the works have been acquired since Peter Blume became director in 2003. The scope of the exhibition is enormous, including everything from artifacts made in pre-Dynastic China to contemporary artists. Sculpture, painting, decorative arts prints, and more are given space in this remarkable exhibition. A bonus to Reordering the Universe is its thematic organization. Games, Vanity, Politics, Foodways, Drawing on the Classical World, Rituals and Symbols of Power, Deluxe, and Myths and Legends are the sub-themes that group works of art from disparate cultures and time periods around these powerful ideas that are prevalent in all cultures. Members of the Ball State faculty were invited to contribute brief insights into the meaning of these works of art from their discipline’s point of view, as part of a larger cultural matrix. A successful work of art will always reveal a great deal about the time and context in which is was made and used.

Professors dedicating their time and knowledge to this exhibition were Able Alves, History; Colleen Boyd, Anthropology; Frank Felsenstein, English; Patricia Nelson, Art; Diana Saiki, Family and Consumer  Sciences; Chris Shea, Modern Languages and Classics; and Ken Swope. Also contributing were Ruta Saliklis, associate director, and Peter Blume, director of the BSUMA.

Exhibition Date: November 5, 2006