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Evansville Museum Opens Covid-19 Exhibit

Curators at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science have spent months collecting artifacts for the new exhibit that captures the pandemic’s effect on the human experience, opening Sunday.

Posted: Sep 18, 2020 3:58 PM

The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science is opening a new exhibit focused on the pandemic called Life In Isolation: The Coronavirus.

The exhibit, which opens Sunday, Sept. 20th, was designed by the museum’s art curator, Tory Schendel Cox and history curator, Tom Lonnberg.

The collection includes photographs and artifacts not just locally, but internationally, from personal protective equipment equipment actually designed by artists for health care workers, to used masks and closing signs.

And the Evansville Museum is one of the leading institutions around the country opening pandemic exhibits, even starting their collection one month before the Smithsonian.

Those behind the local exhibit say they are honored to have the chance to help tell the story of the suffering and the triumph that has taken place as communities have come together.

"Through visual representation, we can have a better understanding of the humanistic experience,” Cox said. “There always is a human component to these types of pandemics. It has a face, it has a persona and it deserves to be recorded in human history."

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