Related Courses

Obermann Center Special Topics Graduate Seminar: What Can Museums Become?
GRAD:7280, 1 s.h.

4:00-5:30 pm, Fridays (1/24, 2/21, and 3/14); attend WorldCanvass program, 5:30 pm, 2/6; and fully attend the symposium, 3/5–3/7.

Museums have never been mere containers for objects, nor should they be. The March 5–7, 2020 Obermann Humanities Symposium asks: How might we draw strength from existing institutions to enable vibrant futures? How can we expand the communities who feel a sense of belonging within and around museums? What must we confront and transform to make this possible? This seminar prepares students to participate in the Symposium through a selection of relevant readings, a site visit, and an object-based study session.

Team Teachers: Jennifer Buckley and Joyce Tsai

Art, Artists, Institutions: Objects, Networks, Power
ARTS:3050:0001, 3 s.h.
This seminar asks what we expect from artworks, artists, and the institutions enable artistic production and exhibition from historical and contemporary perspectives.
Faculty: Joyce Tsai, Chief Curator, UI Stanley Museum of Art

Art at the End of the World: History, Theory, & Practice
ARTS:3250:0001, 3 s.h.
What is the role of the apocalyptic artist*? In this class, students will explore the history of the end of times from ancient prophecy through maleficent technological takeovers of the near future.
Faculty: Vero Rose Smith, Associate Curator, UI Stanley Museum of Art

Introduction to Museum Studies
MUSM:3001:0EXW, 3 s.h.
While providing a holistic view of the museum community ecosystem, this course engages students in a semester long conversation about what museums have been, what they are now, and what they will become.
Faculty: Heidi Lung

Historic House Management & Preservation
MUSM:3100:0EXW, 3 s.h.
After learning about the origins of the historic house movement, students in this course will use recent case studies to explore innovative approaches to operations, interpretation, collections management, and community engagement.
Faculty: Heidi Lung

Museum Evaluation and Visitor Studies
MUSM:3131:0001, 3 s.h.
Students explore theory, methodology, and application of evaluation and research processes through case studies and class projects.
Faculty: Heidi Lung

Museum Object Preservation
MUSM:4200:0001, 3 s.h.
Detailed study of specific types of museum objects, their materials, and care; for students planning museum careers or taking care of collections as part of their professional responsibilities.
Faculty: Cindy Opitz, Director of Research Collections, Pentacrest Museums

Literature and Art: Writing and Performance
This course addresses the ways in which creative and critical writers have approached performance.
Faculty: Jennifer Buckley

Related Events

Thursday, February 6, 5:30 p.m.
MERGE, 136 S. Dubuque St.
WorldCanvass program: The Future of Museums

What does the museum of the 21st century look like? What does it house? What is its role in the community? Does it see itself differently than museums of the past? And how do galleries, libraries, archives, and museums capture the zeitgeist of the time and reinvent themselves as expectations change? Join us for the first WorldCanvass program of 2020, when our guests will explore the future of museums. Free and open to all. Hosted by UI International Programs with support from the Stanley Museum of Art and the Obermann Center for Advanced studies. Pre-show reception from 5:00–5:30.

Monday, October 28, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Iowa City Public Library, Room A
Black Curators’ Roundtable
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This event marks the end of the exhibition Anonymous Donor, guest-curated by Anaïs Duplan and shown at the Figge Art Museum as a part of the Stanley Museum of Art collections-sharing program, Legacies for Iowa, sponsored by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family. Join Duplan and curators Gia Hamilton, Eileen Isagon Skyers, and Gee Wesley in a moderated conversation about their practice working in multiple exhibit, artistic, and community contexts.

Free and open to all. Organized by the Center for Afrofuturist Studies at Public Space One and The Stanley Museum of Art with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies