The Spencer Museum of Art is excited to share a new resource that we invite you to explore! Developed by and for university educators, the Spencer Museum of Art’s Curricular Resources Database brings together a variety of assignments and activities that incorporate the Museum’s collections.
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In 1934, commissioned by the Works Progress Administration, Victor Arnautoff painted thirteen frescoes at George Washington High School. The images depict Washington as a slaveowner and his detriment to Indigenous populations and their land. The school board voted to remove the mural. [Hyperallergic]
Read the CAA’s response to the school board’s decision to destroy the mural. [CAA]
Read the engaging work by the winners of the Exhibition Label Writing Competition, which is sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Curators Committee, in cooperation with the EdCom and NAME networks, and in partnership with the Museology Graduate Program at the University of Washington, Seattle. [American Alliance of Museums]
In 1941, artist Elizabeth Tracy Montminy, who had previously completed several commissions for the U.S. Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture, began work on her mural Bathers, in the post office of Kennebunkport, Maine. Following a dramatic outcry by men and conservative locals declaring that the women’s natural figures depicted were unattractive and grotesque, the mural was removed and never seen again. Now, Southwestern University students are determined to find the missing mural. [Southwestern University]
A week-long program held at the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) offered students from historically black colleges and universities the opportunity to learn hands-on conservation techniques and expose the aspiring scholars to the networks and careers within the cultural heritage sector. [YaleNews]
Eric Segal, Director of Education and Curator of Academic Programs at the Harn Museum of Art, discusses the ways in which the Harn Museum of Art promotes community engagement as part of a broader five-year diversity and inclusion plan. Segal explains the many ways in which the Museum is achieving this goal: through the Bishop Study Center, the Head Start Program, the “made by an immigrant” initiative, and the Tele-Tours.
In this segment, Eric Segal, Director of Education and Curator of Academic Programs at the Harn Museum of Art, speaks about student engagement. Segal expands on how the museum becomes a part of many students’ experiences at the University of Florida through a required freshman year course (The Good Life), volunteering, internships, and by having professors curate exhibitions from the collection which reflect their unique perspective and discipline.
An open letter was addressed to the director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Sara J. Bloomfield, penned by humanities and social sciences scholars from institutions around the world urging the museum to retract it’s condemnation of Democrat of New York Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who compared the detention camps along the southern US border to concentration camps. [The New York Review of Books]