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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 2015.1.11
Object Name Print
Description "Phantoms of Lost Museums," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," three run lithograph by Mark Dion. Edition: 1/30

Designed in response to McClung Museum object: Tapir mandible (Tapirus polkensis), ca. 23.03 to 5.3 million years ago

Artist statement: While I selected a tapir mandible for my investigation, I was interested in the uncanny quality of objects at the McClung Museum. The fossils, weapons, decorative, and ethnographic objects detailed seemed utterly untethered from their context. How had they come to settle at the McClung? What other collections have they once belonged to and how had they become so orphaned?

It brought to mind my work with The Jenks Society at Brown University, a club of museum enthusiasts dedicated to the investigation of lost museums, named after a natural history and ethnography institution disbanded and discarded by the University. My print, produced with the support of artist Beauvais Lyons, is a meditation on lost museums and orphaned artifacts .
Title Phantoms of Lost Museums, from the portfolio Drawn from the McClung Museum
Date 2014
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Dion, Mark
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique lithograph
Dimensions H-20.125 W-15 inches
Credit line Gift of the artist
Subjects Museums
Natural History
Extinct animals