Anthropologist in the Field
December 15, 2014
Last week, Dr. McDonald’s curatorial collective, Ethnographic Terminalia (www.ethnographicterminalia.org), installed a new exhibition entitled, “The Bureau of Memories: Archives & Ephemera” at the Hierarchy Gallery in Washington D.C. These exhibitions are experimental projects that look at the intersections of art and anthropology. During the exhibition Dr. McDonald co-lead an Artist/Curator discussion prior to the opening night reception.
Dr. McDonald also participated in the American Anthropological Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting in D.C. She was a panel discussant for a remarkable session entitled, “Material and Sensory Attachment: Intimate Engagement in Religion and Politics.” Dr. McDonald also presented a paper on her own primary research from her PhD, “Sensing Our Material World: The Aesthetic Transformations of Woolen Blankets in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Indigenous Cultural Property”. Her paper addressed how, at a basic level, a woolen blanket something most of us across various cultures are likely to have had an experience with in either an imagined, sensory, or an embodied way. The numerous creative transformative and intentional actions by makers such as Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and craftspeople capture the movement of blankets across time and place and reflect the mediated sensory engagements in relation to the haptic experiences our material world.