Corn: From Ancient Crop to Soda Pop was open from April 12, 2014 through April 30, 2017.
Where did “corn” begin? It was a long journey. From its earliest days as an important crop in the Americas to its current presence in food and drink around the world, corn has impacted human health–for better or worse– for thousands of years.
Corn: From Ancient Crop to Soda Pop draws upon the Penn Museum's vast international collections to tell a story about this now ubiquitous crop. A dozen artifacts, from North America, South America, and Africa, covering more than 2,500 years of human history, have been selected to help illustrate corn's changing role in societies through the ages. Three student curators from Penn's College of Arts and Sciences brought their diverse perspectives together and worked with Mainwaring Teaching Specialist Katherine Moore and the Penn Museum exhibition, collections, and academic engagement teams to select objects and develop the exhibition.
Student Exhibition Team:
- Monica Fenton, C’15, Kirsten Myers, C’15, and Julia Chatterjee, C’17, Student Curators
- Skye Olson, MFA, 2014University of the Arts, Student Exhibition Designer
- Callie Montalvo, MA, 2014, University of the Arts, Student Marketing Consultant
Penn Museum Curatorial Advisors:
- Katherine Moore, Lead Curatorial Advisor
- Janet Monge, Lucy Fowler Williams, Dwaune Latimer, Curatorial Advisors
Corn: From Ancient Crop to Soda Pop is the inaugural student exhibition of a new internship program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that provides a special opportunity for Penn students to collaborate with Penn Museum staff and other university students to learn by doing, drawing upon the rich resources of the Museum to develop and design exhibitions aligned with the University of Pennsylvania Provost Office's theme year focus.