With associations of discovery, recognition, and perception, found is a powerful word suggesting that a thing lost has been regained, or a new possibility has been revealed. Here, collectors create new meaning for lost or discarded objects while artists incorporate such materials into their art making—all revealing the vast potential for complex and fundamental human truths inherent in what is lost or overlooked.

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Explore collection stories—texts, videos, and creative responses from faculty, students, artists, scholars, and curators to works in the Tang collection.
Associate Professor of Art Sarah Sweeney’s class “Picturing Time,” which considers time as subject and medium, held a discussion around photographs from the Tang collection.
Tang Collective Catalogs are short written responses from a multiplicity of voices responding to objects in the Tang Teaching Museum collection.
Pattern by Erin Barry ’16
Inspired by the exhibition The Jewel Thief
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.