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3.27 / Facing Artifacts

3.27.16 / facing artifacts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NEXT: 5.30.16 / QUEEN'S CIRCLE



Casting and Collecting Profiles of San Diegans



Sunday, March 27th. 12-5 PM
@ The San Diego Museum of Man // FREE

Parkeology invited the public to donate their faces to the anthropological collections of the Museum of Man. For one day, a life casting station was headquartered in the museum rotunda. Visitors had the opportunity to sit for 30 minutes with a lead Parkeologist to have the unique features of their face cast in plaster. These new artifacts were documented and will be exhibited in the Museum of Man as a temporary loan.

Where do objects live before they end up in museums? This is a question we don’t often ask.  Facing Artifacts participantswitnessed first hand what it’s like to have a part of themselves transform into an artifact.

Collecting profiles of humans as specimens has a long history in anthropology. In 1915, Museum of Man archivists worked with the Smithsonians to acquire life casts of members of Native American tribes, as well as many other racial “types.” These casts were exhibited  to the San Diego public for the Panama California Exposition. Now, a hundred years later, the Museum of Man probes the question of racial categorization in its exhibit, Race: Are We So Different?  Artifacts collected from this one time Parkeology event, along with the 1915 casts, will be displayed alongside this exhibition.

Museum entrance free with reservation to participate in the face casting lottery.


Images by: Camille Laut



Production Team
Face Casting Technicians: Jerry Blackman, Kate Clark
Face Casting Assistants: Diana E. Benavidez, Jeremy Raab
Face Casting Support: Daniel Hathaway
Museum Interpreter and Press Contact: Elizabeth Sutton,  Jessica McPeak
Reception: Peter Chen and Ashley Moy
Portrait Documentarian: Camille Laut
Harpist: Meghan Elizabeth Orr
Stills Documentation: Clark Bledsoe
Project Liaison and Reception: Alena Vasquez
Channel Parkeology Guest: Gwyn Isaac, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Curator
Channel Parkeology Video, Editing, Direction: Ren Ebel
ParkCast: Sound, Editing and Direction: Parker Bray

Museum of Man Staff support
Karen Lacy, Collections Manager
Emily Anderson, Director of Exhibit Development
Audrey Chang, Project Director
Kelly Williams, Director of Collections
Sarah Crawford, Exhibit Developer
Kara Vetter, Registrar
Jason Porter, Director of Education and Public Engagement
Yadira Jaramillo, MoM Custodial Staff
Consuelo Hernandez, MoM Custodial Staff

Face Casting Models
Jan Wallden
Dianne Berg
Catherine Cheng
Anthony A. Labue
Captain Burnett
Carter Lee Burnett
Jessica Kohley
Mary Jeong
Carina Novik
Philip E. Church
Nikki Nee
Megan Adcock
Marilyn Rudoff
Melissa Lynn Haeffner
Gordon L. Permann II
Margaret Williams
Gwyneira Isaac
Samantha Alberts
Katty Ibarra

Thanks to Kim Duclo and Carina Weber