This exhibition culminates the work and experiences of LaToya Ruby Frazier and three generations of women—the poet Shea Cobb, her mother Renee, and daughter Zion over the course of five months of living in Flint, Michigan during the lead contamination water crisis.
The exhibition “LaToya Ruby Frazier: Flint is Family” is available at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University August 21 through December 14, 2019. [Art & Education]
The Fowler Museum at UCLA, in partnership with the university’s Art & Global Health Center, presents “Through Positive Eyes,” an art project and an exhibition created in collaboration with people living with HIV/AIDS. The exhibition “Through Positive Eyes” is available at the Fowler Museum at UCLA September, 15 through February. 16, 2020. [UCLA Newsroom]
Cherokee citizen and Stony Brook University assistant professor, Joseph Pierce advocates for us to question how queerness circulates and states, “the moment has come for queer academia to seriously question the roots of their discipline.” [Hyperallergic]
An open letter urging the art community to proactively support the neurodiverse and disabled communities. [Hyperallergic]
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities at Michigan State University and Project Director for Humanities Commons shares her thoughts on the future of academic scholarship and makes an argument for moving from Academia.edu to non-profit scholarly networks grounded in academic values. [PLATYPUS, Humanities Commons]
the president of the Ford Foundation, which is a major donor to museums, argues that both cultural institutions and donors must support artists and academics of every background. [The New York Times]
It’s not just you, those oil paintings of all white men hanging on the walls of higher education spaces make many others feel uncomfortable and excluded too. A survey conducted by Yale Med Students found that participants felt these paintings lack diverse representation and reinforce their institution’s values of whiteness, elitism, maleness, and power. [Hyperallergic]
In partnership with the Ann Arbor chapter of The Climate Mobilization, the University of Michigan Museum of Art hosted a die-in, where participants were invited to lay motionless for 11 minutes, symbolic of the numbers of years left experts say that we have left to deter climate change’s wrath on our planet. [All About Ann Arbor]
The Alaska Governor’s office is proposing to cut the University of Alaska Museum of the North’s entire state budget allocation (about 1/3 of the operating budget).
UA Museum of the North’s asks our fellow colleagues in academic & research-based museums across the country to help get the message to their Legislators and our Board of Regents why the state needs to support a state university museum. Letters of support are appreciated. Links are included in the post written by Angela J. Linn, Senior Collections Manager, Ethnology & History, University of Alaska Museum of the North. [akethnogirl]
From a crowd sourced spreadsheet illuminating the disparity of museum staff salaries, and the Association of Art Museum Directors calling for an end to unpaid internships, to the Guggenheim’s a successful union drive by the art handlers, the conversation around the mistreatment of employees and low wages is growing in urgency and voices. [The New York Times]