Methods of Memory


How do we know who we are?  How do we know what we are?  How do we remember?

Ubiquitous in Western culture is the impulse to identify, preserve, and remember ourselves and our surroundings.  This exhibit surveys various attemtps to define ourselves over the course of over 500 yars.  From writing and ritual in the Middle Ages to photographs and government records of the modern era, we privilege memories not only as representations of the past, but also objects unto themselves.


As you browse this exhibit, ask yourself these questions:

1) What do you think is important to remember?

2) How do you create and preserve those memories?

3) Who can identify an object's meaning?