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F15 Roberts - ANTHRCUL 158 - The Anthropology of Garbage

Cultural Anthropology (AnthrCul) 158 The Anthropology of Garbage Elizabeth Roberts Why is someone's trash, another’s treasure? Why is dirt disgusting inside but not outside the house? Why do people around the world deal with their garbage so differently? What does pollution and toxic waste have to tell us about social hierarchies, like race and class? In this course we address these questions by introducing first year students to how anthropologists think about garbage, waste, pollution, disorder and disgust. Together we will read books and articles, watch films and analyze popular media in order to challenge what we think we know about the perennial problem of garbage.

A mixed media assemblage consisting of welding goggles, rusted metal, a padlock, and two rusted bells hanging from a chain mounted on a wooden board with screws. The position of the objects, with goggles at the top, makes the assemblage look vaguely face-like.
George Vargas
Michigan Worker
1985
welding goggles, metal, hanging bells, rusty bottle cap, pulleys, chains, padlock | plywood
Gift of the artist
2004/1.153
A "Norton Abrasives" wooden crate is filled with empty rusted gallon paint containers with dried paint inside. A cracked rearview mirror is attached to one side and an American flag is smushed into one side of the box. A small toy platypus sits inside one of the paint cans, although the platypus is moveable; instructions to museum state that museum staff can place platypus where they please.
Tyree Guyton
Untitled (Paint Cans)
1980 - 2010
paint cans, wooden crate, American flag, rearview mirror and ceramic figurine
Gift of H. David Zucca
2013/2.310
This small sculpture consists of a black rectangular base with spools on it, all spray painted black. A red wooden pole is sticking out of the center of the base and is holding up a thin red platform, with additional spools and a bright red ball on top. Multiple rubber belts are threaded among the spools on both the red and black elements.
Gordon Newton
Model No. 30183
1984
wood, paint, rubber | wood
Gift of H. David Zucca
2013/2.302
A top-down view of a manhole cover upon which are littered cigarette butts and rubbish.
Walker Evans
Street Trash, New York
1963 - 1973
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Lunn, Jr., in Honor of the Centennial of The Michigan Daily
1990/2.39
This small sculpture is made from crumpled paper and aluminum foil coated in resin. One end of the sculpture is blue, the other a brown-red, and the center is silver.  Pieces of paper which look like newsprint are stuck to the bottom of the sculpture. The piece is deceptively light.
John A. Chamberlain
Untitled
1960 - 1997
paper, aluminum foil, glue, painted resin
Gift of the Lannan Foundation in Honor of the Pelham Family
1997/1.120
This mixed media collage consists of a long skein of yarn of varying colors attached at point A at the top of the print, creating a jumbled mass of yarn below and exiting at point C, also at the top of the canvas.
Buky Schwartz
Line A-C
12/03/1971
mixed media collage, wool | canvas
Gift in honor of Dr. E. Bryce and Harriet Alpern, by their children
2012/1.220
Burhan Cahit Doğançay
Faschismus
1997
collage, acrylic, pencil, chalk, and sand | cardboard
Anonymous gift
2005/2.64
An assemblage of found objects: a salvaged wood frame with wood inlay letters spelling &quot;COLORED,&quot; four portrait photographs of African American females (two photogaphs on either side of a printed poem), nine thread samples under photographs, and one hand mirror hanging on a decorative brass hook to the viewer&#39;s right of the frame. The poem reads:&nbsp;<br />
&quot;Light is Alright<br />
Yellow is Mellow<br />
Brown, Stick Around<br />
Black, Get Back<br />
(but black don&#39;t crack)&quot;<br />
<br />
The wood has a strong smell, may have been treated with molasses.<br />
<br />
&nbsp;
Betye Saar
Colored
2002
photographs, paper, thread, wood
Museum purchase made possible by Dr. James and Vivian Curtis and the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
2003/1.406
This photolithographic print in shades of blue and rusty red is separated into three main registers. There are three television screens at the top, each with a different image: from left to right, a woman putting on her earrings as a man looks on, an American football game, and an image of a man in a suit from the chest up with the text Dr. Walter W. Heller. Below these images, there is a register with a grid of squares within squares with two large rectangular boundries; at the far right, two larger squares are stacked vertically. The bottom register of images shows a contemporary domestic kitchen, the colors of which are transected in two places, and, in the foreground, an oversized image of a female hand holding a sandwich and a fork with salad attached.
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Calling Radio Free America
1965 - 1970
photolithograph | paper
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick
2000/2.14.5
This print is separated into four horizontal registers of images and text, all printed in pink and black. At the top there is text that reads "COLOR AND ORGANIC / Permanent Institution.. Riding the Rolls. Reward of the Oppressed.. Whither?.. Traitors to France.. Toward Insurrection.. New Semester.. Frank Lloyd Wright Says.. Tough Times.." Below is a series of photographs of a man in a suit putting make-up on a woman with bare sholders and her hair pulled back. The second register has one large image of two men at a factory, manufacturing children's dolls. Below that, there is one cropped scene of people of various ages standing in line. The bottom row of images includes four images on the left, of a man taking photographs of a girl and a puppy in a bubble bath and three images on the right of an oven, open, closed and with someone putting steaks inside. 
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Frank Lloyd Wright says...Tough Times
1965 - 1970
photolithograph | paper
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick
2000/2.14.11
Two orange buildings on snow-covered ground on either side of an unplowed road. 
Object Orange
Auburndale Site, Highland Park, MI, #3
2007
iris print | paper
Museum purchase made possible by Stuart and Maxine Frankel
2007/2.2
Hana Hamplová
Untitled
1980
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Marion Hrebek Keys
1990/1.235

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