A handbook for academic museums : exhibitions and education
Academic museums share a unique mandate: they are partners in education. As such, they have evolved in tandem--and not always easily--with their parent organizations. They can often pursue their missions in innovative ways, address controversial topics, produce unorthodox exhibitions, and have the freedom to experiment. But they operate within a challenging administrative structure--a two-tier environment in which operations, planning, governance, administration, financial support, and fundraising can all become more complex. And in recent years, some colleges and universities have questioned the very need to maintain a museum, while others have attempted to monetize art collections to raise capital. This pioneering 750-page book brings together in one place as much good, current thinking as possible about the opportunities and issues unique to academic museums. Wide-ranging and committed, this is a collection of essays written about, by, and for the community of academic museums. Above all, they are intended as a practical resource for that community. The authors were charged with sharing useful information: strategies, best practices, mistakes made, lessons learned, what worked, what didn't, and why. This book offers the combined wisdom of the profession for the benefit of its practitioners. [Provided by publisher]
Table of contents:
Creativity and the relevant museum : a proposal / John R. Stomberg (Mount Holyoke College Art Museum) -- Using collections to enhance the student experience : developing a new learning offer / David Gaimster & Ruth Fletcher (Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow) -- Mining the hidden jewel : engagement and transformation / Emily Kass & Carolyn Allmendinger (Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) -- Crossing the street pedagogy : using college art museums to leverage significant learning across the campus / Steven S. Volk & Liliana Milkova (Oberlin College) -- Five strategies for strengthening the teaching role of an academic art museum / Stefanie S. Jandl (independent museum professional) -- Visual literacy and the art of scientific inquiry : a case study for institutional and cross-disciplinary collaboration / Ellen M. Alvord (Mount Holyoke College Art Museum), Linda K. Friedlaender (Yale Center for British Art) -- Three-dimensional learning : exploring responses to learning and interacting with artefacts / Deborah Schultz (Richmond American International University London) -- Coaxing them out of the box : removing disciplinary barriers to collection use / Dan Bartlett (Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College) -- Living worlds at the Manchester Museum / Henry McGhie (Manchester Museum) -- Setting the table : creating communities of awareness around eating disorders / Laura Evans (University of North Texas) -- Go with the flow : fluxus at play in a teaching museum / Juliette Bianco (Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College) -- The curatorial classroom : creating opportunities for engaged learning / Jessica Hunter-Larson (Colorado College) -- Faculty and student curators : an exhibit template for course integration / Joy Beckman (Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College) -- Managing a controversy : art, politics and Hitler's early years in Vienna / Deborah Rothschild (Williams College Museum of Art) -- Effective collaborations : the case of the dominated and demeaned exhibition / Alice Isabella Sullivan, Wendy Sepponen & Jenny Kreiger (University of Michigan) -- Whose body now? The many lives of a university medical collection / Leonie Hannan (University College London) -- Beyond collections : big issues and university museums / Jane Pickering (Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History) -- Cultivating a curatorial culture through the college library / Laurel Bradley, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Aisling Quigley & Heather Tompkins (Carleton College) -- Pharmacy students in the art museum : lessons learned from an unlikely collaboration / Amanda Martin-Hamon & Barbara Woods (University of Kansas), Pat Villeneuve (Florida State University) -- Where art and history meet : a perspective and an approach / Rick Riccio & Terry Barnhart (Eastern Illinois University) -- A mutually beneficial exchange : the University of Melbourne's Cultural Collections Projects Program / Helen Arnoldi (University of Melbourne) -- University museums inspiring the teachers of tomorrow / Philip Stephenson (University of Cambridge) -- Connecting university art galleries, art education certification programs, and local teachers / Stephanie Harvey Danker (Sawhill Gallery, James Madison University) -- Peer-to-peer tours / Kathy Gaye Shiroki (Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College) -- Achieving preservation and access in an academic museum / Suzanne Davis (Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan) -- University museums in the digital age : the Cravens World Open Storage Teaching Collection / Peter F. Biehl & Laura Harrison (University at Buffalo) -- The good, the bad, and the ugly : an exercise in curatorial practice / Louise Lincoln (DePaul Art Museum, Chicago)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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