Scent and Symbolism: Perfumed Objects and Images

April 6 – July 2, 2017

The experience of scent brings to the forefront one of humankind’s most powerful yet enigmatic senses. Scent and Symbolism: Perfumed Objects and Images will consider the role of scent in the history of art through a collection of 140 scent bottles from the seventeenth through twentieth century from the collection of the Umi-Mori Art Museum in Hiroshima, Japan. The exhibition will also reveal how the sense of smell has been described by painters over time: woven into allegory and literal experience, medicinal and spiritual use, as a tool of seduction, and a product for consumption.

The Smellery: an interactive room for kids and families is included in the exhibition. Experience hands-on activities related to scent in art and nature in this room reserved for learning and discovery. 


Artifact of a Relationship: Jason Miller

May 7 – July 23, 2017

Local artist and curator Jason Miller photographs everyday objects that have meaning to him. Through this series of photographs, he recounts his memories of these objects, linking one relationship to the next.



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