Museum looks at anthropology through art

BELOIT—A new exhibit at the Logan Museum of Anthropology combines art and anthropology by examining a series of its own murals to show how anthropologists’ ideas about human evolution has themselves evolved over the past 80 years.

The exhibit titled “A History of Mankind: Them and Now,” is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and will run through the end of December, on the Beloit College campus.

In 1923, the museum’s patrons, Josephine and Frank Logan, commissioned painter John W. Norton to create a series of 12 murals illustrating human evolution based on the most up-to-date research available at the time. The murals have remained on display at the Logan Museum ever since and have traveled to many other venues including the Art Institute of Chicago. The images also have appeared in many widely circulated publications.

The exhibit explains the cultural stages represented by each of the 12 images of “primitive” life, and shows how anthropological science has added to or reinterpreted the understandings of human evolution since the murals were created.

“The History of Mankind: Then and Now” exhibit will include several public programs in the fall. There is no charge for admission, but donations are always welcome. For more information about this exhibit, please contact Paul Thistle at 608-363-2616.

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