Best practices from a former academic museum director

Best practices from a former academic museum director Imagine no museum admission fees, a membership of 175 people, and a building totaling 4,000 square feet…one Director later – membership of 14,000 families, a building of 125,000 square feet, and a multimillion-dollar budget. “Oh, and all bills were paid,” exclaimed Gary Libby, retired museum director. GaryContinue reading “Best practices from a former academic museum director”

Curating Racism: Understanding Field Museum Physical Anthropology from 1893 to 1969

Curating Racism: Understanding Field Museum Physical Anthropology from 1893 to 1969 LUCIA PROCOPIO Theory and Practice, Vol. 2, 2019 Abstract Early anthropological study has often been credited with advancing both existing and new racist ideologies. As major research institutions, nineteenth and twentieth-century museums were often complicit in this process. This paper uses the Field Museum asContinue reading “Curating Racism: Understanding Field Museum Physical Anthropology from 1893 to 1969”

A Museum Without Walls: Community Collaboration in Exhibition Development

A Museum Without Walls: Community Collaboration in Exhibition Development MARIA FERGUSON, MA and KATE RENNER Theory and Practice, Vol. 2, 2019 Abstract In his 2010 article, “Embedding Civil Engagement in Museums,” Graham Black discussed the role that museums can play in promoting communication and understanding between local communities. He asserts that because museums are uniquely positionedContinue reading “A Museum Without Walls: Community Collaboration in Exhibition Development”

Exhibition Review: ‘Beyond Curie’ – a Design Project Celebrating Women in STEM

Exhibition Review: ‘Beyond Curie’ – a Design Project Celebrating Women in STEM HELENA AROSE, MSc Theory and Practice, Vol. 2, 2019 Abstract In 1989 the Guerrilla Girls posed the question: “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met Museum?” contrasting the statistics of women artist’s work on display with nude paintings of womenContinue reading “Exhibition Review: ‘Beyond Curie’ – a Design Project Celebrating Women in STEM”

Museums and War: documentation provides security to the collections

Museums and War: documentation provides security to the collections Maryam Abdulla Al Thani, MA The Museum Scholar, Volume 3, Number 1, 2019 Abstract The increase in the number of museums built in Qatar has led to an increase in the awareness of individuals living and visiting Qatar of the importance of these museums. The objects thatContinue reading “Museums and War: documentation provides security to the collections”

The Enslaved Image: A Contemporary Visualization of Gender & Race

The Enslaved Image: A Contemporary Visualization of Gender & Race JULIANNE M. SCHMIDT The Museum Scholar, Volume 2, Number 1 Abstract The reluctance to address difficult history results in its erasure from the dialogue of historic sites. This paper analyzes the use of artwork in historic house museums as a method of confronting the legacy of slaveryContinue reading “The Enslaved Image: A Contemporary Visualization of Gender & Race”

Book Review: Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historic Sites, edited by Gretchen Buggeln and Barbara Franco

Book Review: Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historic Sites, edited by Gretchen Buggeln and Barbara Franco Hannah Overstreet The Museum Scholar, Volume 3, Number 1, 2019 Abstract Recognizing and interpreting diversity brings new challenges to public historians, and this is certainly true when it comes to religion. In a new volume for the American Association for StateContinue reading “Book Review: Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historic Sites, edited by Gretchen Buggeln and Barbara Franco”

Sharing Gallery Activities

Sharing Gallery Activities GABRIELLA KULA, MS and LUNED PALMER, MS The Museum Scholar, Volume 3, Number 1, 2019 Abstract Museum education professionals agree that gallery activities are an essential part of a meaningful group experience in an art museum, yet there is no organized method for collecting and sharing these resources across institutions. This paper willContinue reading “Sharing Gallery Activities”

Glasgow Pantomime: Initial Planning for an Exhibition

Glasgow Pantomime: Initial Planning for an Exhibition Alessandra Ceglie, MSc The Museum Scholar, Volume 3, Number 1, 2019 Abstract The planning of an exhibition is a long process that brings together different themes, considerations, and professionals. This article describes the early stages of Glasgow Pantomime, a collection-based project for a temporary exhibition within Glasgow Museums. ItContinue reading “Glasgow Pantomime: Initial Planning for an Exhibition”

Beyond boundaries: Mixing art and science in University Museums

Beyond boundaries: Mixing art and science in University Museums BLANCA MARÍA CÁRDENAS CARRIÓN, M.Phil The Museum Scholar, Volume 2, Number 1, 2018 Abstract By mixing art and science, beauty and truth, we are allowed to transform museums into facilities for curiosity, where collections and exhibitions could motivate creative and significant learning among visitors. This article discussesContinue reading “Beyond boundaries: Mixing art and science in University Museums”