Editorial: Museum Symposium Presents Opportunity to Evaluate Western Canon at Oberlin, Broader Academia

Kate Fishman and Katie Lucey, the arts editors for The Oberlin Review, reflect on the necessity increased representation of underrepresented artists and curators and the need for academic courses outside of the Western-based cannon of art. This reflection comes in the wake of the Allen Memorial Art’s recent “Creating Space: Curating Black Art Now” symposium. (The Oberlin Review)

Image above by Claire Wang

AAMD Announces Partner Museums in Internship Program for Underrepresented College Students

In July 2018, the Association for Art Museum Directors announced the launch of a pilot internship program to “engage undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds and nurture their career opportunities in the art museum field.”

Interested museums involved in AAMD were asked to submit proposals to host interns through this pilot program.

In November 2018, AAMD announced the list of participating institutions:  the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Anchorage Museum, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Missoula Art Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the San José Museum of Art, and Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. (ARTFORUM)

On Display: A Curators’ Guide to Must-Sees at the Princeton University Art Museum

Alden Hunt ’20, a Princeton Art Museum intern explains, “Acting as buyers, researchers, historians, and often teachers, curators have an intimate understanding of the works they purchase, study, and assign for display.” In his recent article in the Princeton Alumni Weekly, Hunt interviewed nine of the eleven full-time curators at the PAM to learn more about their personal favorites from the 4,500 items currently on public view.   (Princeton Alumni Weekly)

Image above: BRYAN JUST, Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas

(Photograph by Ricardo Barros)

The Block Museum of Art’s New Graphic Identity

The Block Museum of Northwestern University has announced its new logo. According to an article in Art Daily, the Block is “seeking to capture the museum’s active, ever-changing nature and spirit of inquiry, the museum refocused its image this fall with a strikingly bold “B,” and a new campaign asking patrons to ponder the question: “What’s inside The Block?”

Lisa Corrin, the Ellen Philips Katz Director at the Block, explained that “Every inch of the museum offers a new creative opportunity. As The Block has expanded the possibilities of what an academic art museum can be to its campus and community, it was time for a refreshed, contemporary look and feel. We were looking for an identity that fully reflected the dynamism and active spirit of the work going on within our walls.” (Art Daily)

Judith and Stephen Shank Endow Curatorial Position at Ringling Museum

Florida State University’s John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota has received a gift from Judith and Stephen Shank to endow a performance-art curatorial position that will now be named the Currie-Kohlmann Curator of Performance, in reference to the performance program’s co-founders, Dwight Currie and Michael Kohlmann.

The Ringling’s director, Stephen High said, “With the restoration and re-opening of the theater in 2006, we renewed and re-energized our commitment to a program of innovative and ground-breaking performance. Steve and Judy’s visionary gift will ensure that the Ringling remains a world-class center for performance programming in perpetuity.” (ARTnews)

Berman Museum at Ursinus College Receives Iconic Public Sculpture from New York City

For 42-years, William Crovello’s Cubed Curve (1972) was installed in the plaza of the Time-Life Building on West 50th Street and Sixth Avenue in New York City. Thanks to a donation by the Rockefeller Group, is now part the collection of Ursinus College’s Berman Museum of Art.  From the Avenue to the Americas to the front lawn of the Berman Museum of Art, Cubed Curve marks “the growth of our collection and programming at the museum,” according to museum director Charles Stainback. Cubed Curve joins the Berman’s collection of more than 75 outdoor sculptures spread across Ursinus College campus. (Art Daily)



Review of “The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S.” at John Jay College

The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S.” features a diverse range of artists addressing depictions of sexual violence in the history of art, and the psychological implications for the women involved. The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery is the primary fine art gallery at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. (The New York Times)

The Met’s Luke Syson to head Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

Luke Syson, chairman of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2012, has been appointed director of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge beginning early next year. Syson’s main tasks will include leading and fundraising for the Fitzwilliam’s Museum Masterplan, a major capital development project to improve facilities over the next 15 years. The ambitious scheme will include more galleries and a dedicated temporary exhibition space. (The Art Newspaper)