“Travels and Technologies” at the Field Museum
This small exhibit shows how the journeys of 20th-century archeologists came into the American consciousness.
The treasure-hunting journeys of 20th-century archeologists have piqued the imaginations of many. This small fieldmuseum.com/expeditions—are exhibited with wall texts. The show’s most imposing display—seemingly cooked up by a stoned art student—features recently snapped 5' by 7' color images of Bhutan bound in a book, which has been projected onto the wall surrounded by a melee of black-clothed, Laurie Anderson–like page-turners. The simpler the medium, the better: A tiny but fascinating photo shows how paint chips helped accurately capture the piercing hue of a blue fish with mothlike wings during a 1940s expedition to Galapagos.exhibit shows just how those expeditions came into the American consciousness. Technologies—from hand-colored, glass-plate photography to archeologists’ digital snapshots amassed on