Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University
21 Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02906
"The Spirit of the Thing Given" celebrates the many gifts of Dwight B. Heath, emeritus professor of anthropology, and his wife, Anna Cooper.Heath, to the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology over the course of more than half a century. Describing themselves more as hunters and gatherers of the material world than as "collectors," the Heaths have added collections to the museum that reflect their lifetime of research together, document their passion for museums, celebrate their joy in the presence of things, and reveal their diligent pursuit of pieces that add depth and breadth to the Museum's holdings. Bringing together pieces from Bolivia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Africa, and elsewhere, "The Spirit of the Thing Given" examines the ways in which collections are built and used in the university museum, the research and projects through which they are generated, and the ways those legacies - material and intellectual - serve the University and the community as sources of inspiration for generations to come. Curator Thierry Gentis will lead a tour of this exhibit.