Kristie Winther ’11 spent her summer selecting,
When Winther began her internship, she knew the department wanted to choose some artifacts from the North African collection to promote an upcoming trip for the BMA and its members, Moroccan Discovery: From the Imperial Cities to the Sahara. After choosing the 12 jewelry pieces and textiles to appear in the showcase, she soon discovered that most of the objects lacked photographic records as well as geographical and historical information. This led her on an African adventure she had not anticipated. Her research provided the museum with specific origins of the pieces as well as information regarding the original social functions for which they were used.
Winther says her interest in North African culture came through her participation in MICA’s Summer Travel Intensive to Morocco. On the 2007
“As a painting major, I have constructed paintings that contain copious depictions of patterns contained within figural narratives. I am very inspired by...imagery from ornamental, embroidered, and embellished textiles from Africa, Pre-Columbian Peru, and Central Asia,” Winther said. “As an artist and a human, I have always been conscious of the immensely transformative power of museums. I plan to continue to use the BMA and other museums as resources in the development of my work.”