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From Ceramics to Scrolls, SCC Enriches Art Collections

Samella Lewis Childs Game

The Scripps Collectors’ Circle met late last fall to choose a selection of new works for the College art collection.

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Highlights of the Collection: Oliveira

In this series, we look at three artists who employ the recurring motif of bodily distortion to express postwar trauma.

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Baltermants, Trial of a Bourgeois Landowner, Vietnam

Dmitri Baltermants, 1955, Trial of a Bourgeois Landowner, Vietnam, 1955, gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in., Gift of Sally Strauss Strauss and Andrew E. Tomback, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

In his photograph, “Trial of a Bourgeois Landowner, Vietnam,” Baltermants captures the aura of a temporary court in Communist Vietnam.

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Highlights of the Collection: Pink Kimono

Pink Kimono, 1950-1960
Japan Anonymous
Silk
51 in. x 48 in.
Scripps College, Claremont, CA

Created in the mid-twentieth century, this floral, silken kimono was likely intended as a dressing gown for women in the West.

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Bird Vase by Peter Voulkos

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Peter Voulkos Bird Vase, 1958 Stoneware, glazed 9 x 15 x 15 in. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Scripps College, Claremont, CA Peter Voulkos is regarded as one of the most important ceramists of the 20th century. His career reshaped the role of ceramics, pushing it into the arena of fine arts. After […]

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Highlights of the Collection: Peking Opera Robe

0439 Opera Coat

The amazing colors, juxtapositions of images, and metamorphic potential of this costume continue to provide a window into the splendor of Beijing opera today.

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Kingfisher Hair Ornament

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Crafted in the 19th century and consisting of copper inlaid with kingfisher feathers, this decorative hairpin reveals much about the society in which it was produced.

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Doug Humble: Smashing Cups

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Photo by Susan Einstein Douglas Humble Untitled (Broken Cups and Saucers), n.d. Porcelain 4 5/8 x 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Scripps College, Claremont, CA In a recent interview, Douglas Humble described his artistic processes as freeform and spontaneous: “I like to work with the material and […]

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The Highlights of the Collection: Noh Theater Robe

Noh Theater Robe Detail

The robe is decorated with wisteria flowers and fans with maple leaves, motifs dating back to the Heian period (c. 794–1185 CE) and associated with feminine refinement, elegance, and sensitivity.

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Artists in the Collection: John T. Scott

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A sort of jack-of-all-trades, the breadth of John T. Scott’s artistic mastery includes drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture; his subject matter ranges from self-portraiture to work with important political and social messages.

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