Weekly Topics and Reading Assignments
1st week - introductions – discussing gallery space on campus –
Read: Carol Duncan, “The MoMA’s Hot Mamas,” Art Journal, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 171-178.
2nd week – Continue Introduction.
9/10 What do Museums do, how do they do it.
Read: Henning, Introduction and Chapter 1.
9/13. Visit to the Smith College Art Gallery – Assignment on-site writing begin on this day - due the following week.
Read: Smith College Gallery website
3rd week – Section 1. Museum as Educator: National Identity
9/17 Discussion – the nation, national identity and the role of the museum
Read; A. E. Coombes "Museums and the Formation of National and Cultural Identities," and M. P. Leone and B. J. Little "Artifacts as Expressions of Society and Culture," in Museum Studies
9/20 In class – personal skills assessment, deciding which part of museum work you are interested in – curatorial, design, website, outreach (education)
Read: Susan Vogel, "Always True to the Object, in Our Fashion,"
First Writing due
4th week – Continue with Museums as educator – also begin to frame projects
9/24 Modes, methods and contexts of display
Read: Henning, Chapter 2
9/27 visit to BMAC
5th week – End Section 1
10/1. Discussion – comparative analysis of the museums we have visited and issues raised by readings, what are the components of a successful educational museum experience?
Read: Henning, Chapter 3. Media
10/4. Work in your teams on projects.
Second Writing due
10/5 – Visit to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Read: Castro, “An Analysis of Repatriation: A Study of the “November Collection” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” pp. 59-77
6th week – Section 2. Preservation
10/8. Repatriation historical context and current circumstance
Read: Neil Curtis, "Universal Museums, Museum Objects and Repatriation," in Museum Studies and ' 2004
10/11. Work on project
7th week – The Museum and its Public
10/15 – The public’s role
Read: Henning, Chapter 4 Public and James Cuno, "The Object of Art Museums" in Whose Muse? Art Museums and the Public Trust, Princeton U Press, 2004
10/18 – no class
8th week – Work on Projects
10/22 – Hendricks Weekend - no class
10/25 – First draft of proposals due – in-class presentations led by Cathy Osman and Tim Segar
9th week – Museums under fire/iconoclasm and the museum
10/29 – Case study the Egyptian Museum
Read: Zainab Bahrani, “Iraq's Cultural Heritage: Monuments, History, and Loss,” Art Journal, Vol. 62, No. 4 (Winter, 2003), pp. 10-17 and Nabil Shawkat, “The Egyptian Museum: protecting the past in revolutionary times,” The National and Farah Halime, “Revolution brings hard times for Egypt’s Treasures,” The New York Times, October 31, 2012
11/1 – Wrap up preservation sectionRead: Barry Flood, “Between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, Islamic Iconoclasm, and the Museum,” The Art Bulletin, Vol. 84, No. 4 (Dec., 2002), pp. 641-659
11/2 visit to the MMA in New York City – visit to the Islamic wing and the Ancient Near Eastern wing – map both galleries, so that you can figure out some questions to ask Kim Benzel when she visits class on the 22nd of this month. Also prepare notes for your third writing assignment. If time allows find three works of art in each section that you can use as an example of an object that bridges (formally, iconographically or visually) at least two distinct cultures.
10th week – Section 3. Conservation
11/5. Discussion of culture, cultural difference, the meaning of culture
11/8 – The Louvre vs the MMA – Representing Islam
Read: David J. Roxburgh, “on the Musée du Louvre’s galleries of Islamic Art,”
Third writing assignment due
11th week – Museums and Memory
11/12 What is the relationship between the museum and the archive?
Read: Henning, Chapter 5
11/15 continue discussion
Read: Susan A. Crane, "Memory, Distortion and History in the Museum,"
11/19 Work on Projects, open discussion
11/22 – visiting lecture by Kim Benzel, senior curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Read: Prakash and Corrin in Museum Studies
11/23 – visit to Yale University Art Gallery
13th week – Museums and Academe
11/26 The University/college Museum
11/29 – Thanksgiving no class
14th week – Marlboro’s Art Collection – what is its role
The remainder of the classes will be updated shortly