Raid the Archive: Edwin Way Teale and New Works

January 17 to March 10, 2023

Raid the Archive is an exhibition of selections from the Edwin Way Teale Papers and new works by participants in Art 5383, Special Topics in Studio Art. Teale was an American naturalist, writer, and photographer awarded the inaugural Pulitzer Prize for nature writing in 1966; Teale’s papers are preserved by Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library. During the fall of 2022, graduate students, guided by Professor of Art Janet Pritchard, undertook a semester-long project to curate an exhibition from this collection augmented by visits to his home, Trail Wood, in Hampton, Connecticut, now a Connecticut Audubon Sanctuary. Each artist created new work responding to curiosity, research, and discoveries. The course reimagines the Raid the Icebox exhibition from the RISD Museum in 1969–70, in which RISD staff invited Andy Warhol to curate a show from their collection and make new work in response. Raid the Archive begins the 25th-anniversary celebration of the Teale Lecture series at UConn.

Student Curators: Mahsa Attaran ’25, Amira Brown ’25, Monica Hamilton ’25, Hanieh Kashani ’25, Anna Schwartz ’25, and Noah Thompson ’24.

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Image credit: Monica Hamilton, Photographing in the field, Box 375, Edwin Way Teale Papers, Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library. Used with permission.