"A vital resource... it will become the standard text for generations to come."
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 (with a second companion volume) 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.
Praise for A Handbook for Academic Museums
"A Handbook for Academic Museums is a vital resource for anyone working in or concerned about such museums. It will become the standard text for generations to come."
James Cuno, President & CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust
"Academic museums are a means through which the academy can engage with the community, both local and national, to allow society to gain access to knowledge - A Handbook for Academic Museums demonstrates how this is made possible."
Kate Pretty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.
“The essays in this volume provide insight into a range of complex issues facing college and university museums. This Handbook is essential reading for all who work with and benefit from these unique institutions.”
Kimerly Rorschach, Director, Seattle Art Museum; President, Association of Art Museum Directors; and previously Mary D. B. T. and James H. Semans Director, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
"These volumes contain responses to the new realities for college and university museums from some of the leading thinkers in the field on a variety of issues… Some of these thoughts are bound to be controversial. So much the better.”
William U. Eiland, Director, Georgia Museum of Art
"The many fine essays contained in this useful Handbook broadly represent the rich range of activity and thought presently underway throughout the world of higher education and will delight all readers."
Jock Reynolds, The Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery
"This publication is an extraordinary resource for anyone interested in museums, teaching, and curating."
Michael R. Taylor, Director, Hood Museum of Art
1. Strengthening the Teaching Role of the Academic Museum
Creativity and the Relevant Museum: A Proposal
John Stomberg, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Using Collections to Enhance the Student Experience: Developing a New Learning Offer at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
David Gaimster and Ruth Fletcher, Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow
Mining the Hidden Jewel: Engagement and Transformation at the Ackland Art Museum
Emily Kass and Carolyn Allmendinger, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina
Crossing the Street Pedagogy: Using College Art Museums to Leverage Significant Learning Across the Campus
Steven S Volk and Liliana Milkova, Oberlin College and Allen Memorial Art Museum
Five Strategies for Strengthening the Teaching Role of an Academic Art Museum
Stefanie Jandl, Independent museum professional
2. Object-Based Learning
Visual Literacy and the Art of Scientific Inquiry: A Case Study for Institutional and Cross Disciplinary Collaboration
Ellen Alvord, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and Linda Friedlaender, Yale Center for British Art
Three-dimensional Learning: Exploring Responses to Learning and Interacting with Artefacts
Deborah Schultz, Richmond American International University in London
Coaxing Them Out of the Box: Removing Disciplinary Barriers to Collection Use
Dan Bartlett, Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College
3. Exhibition Programs for an Academic Community
The Living Worlds Gallery at the Manchester Museum
Henry McGhie, Manchester Museum, Manchester University
Setting the Table: The Role of University Art Museums in Creating Communities of Awareness Around Eating Disorders
Laura Evans, College of Visual Arts and Design, 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 in the Academic Museum
Jessica Hunter-Larson, Colorado College
Faculty and Student Curators: An Exhibit Template for Course Integration
Joy Beckman, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College
4. Controversial Projects
Art, Politics, and Hitler's Early Years in Vienna: Managing a Controversy
Deborah Rothschild, Williams College Museum of Art
Effective Collaborations: The Case of the Dominated and Demeaned Exhibition at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Alice Sullivan, Wendy Sepponen and Jenny Kreiger, University of Michigan
Whose Body Now? The Many Lives of a University Medical Collection
Leonie Hannan, UCL Museums and Collections, University College London
5. Interdisciplinary Collaborations
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 and Heather Tompkins, Carleton College
Pharmacy in the Art Museum: Lessons from an Unlikely Collaboration
Amanda Martin-Hamon, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas; Pat Villeneuve, Florida State University; and Barbara Woods, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Where Art and History Meet: A Perspective and an Approach
Rick Riccio, Exhibit Designer and Terry Barnhart, Eastern Illinois University
6. Experiential Learning
A Mutually Beneficial Exchange: The University of Melbourne's Cultural Collections Projects Program
Helen Arnoldi, Cultural Collections, University of Melbourne
University Museums Inspiring the Teachers of Tomorrow
Philip Stephenson, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Strategies for Connecting University Art Galleries, Art Education Certification Programs, and Local Teachers
Stephanie Danker, University of Illinois
Kathy Shiroki, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Czurles-Nelson Gallery, and Buffalo State College
7. Collections Stewardship
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 at the University at Buffalo
Peter F Biehl and Laura Harrison, State University of New York at Buffalo
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: An Exercise in Curatorial Practice
Louise Lincoln, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago
About the editors
Stefanie S Jandl is an independent museum professional with expertise in strengthening the teaching role of academic museums within their campus communities. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator for Academic Programs at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, MA, where she helped strengthen the museum’s Mellon Foundation-funded academic outreach program. Jandl has organized numerous exhibitions, including the Labeltalk series, and has published on Man Ray. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Art History from Williams College.
Mark S Gold is a partner in the law firm of Parese, Sabin, Smith & Gold, LLP, in Williamstown, MA. His diverse practice includes non-profit and museum law and he has done considerable research into the ethical rules on using the proceeds of deaccessioning. Gold is a Board Member of the New England Museum Association and holds a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from The American University, a master’s degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University and a law degree from Georgetown University.
Title: A Handbook for Academic Museums: Exhibitions and Education
Editors: Stefanie S Jandl and Mark S Gold
ISBN: 978-1-907697-52-4 [paperback] | 978-1-907697-53-1 [hardback]
Published price: £69.95 [paperback] | £99.95 [hardback]
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