Museum Studies

Museum Studies @ IUPUI

Welcome to the IUPUI Museum Studies web site. The Museum Studies Program’s mission is to support the development of self-reflective, skilled, and engaged leaders in the museum field through experiences in and outside of the classroom and to advance the scholarship of museums and their missions. See what makes this program a leader in museum public scholarship, civic engagement, and in training professionals to serve museums and their communities.

Recent news: 

  • Split but Not Separated: Recapturing the Legacy of the Near Southside, a new exhibit designed by students in the Museum Methods class, will open on Sunday, April 27,  at the Concord Neighborhood Center, 1301 South Meridian.  This pop-up exhibit originates in a class taught by Professor Modupe Labode (History and Museum Studies), and was inspired by an earlier student research project.  In 2010, Anthropology students from IUPUI began collecting oral histories, photographs, and other memorabilia from African American and Jewish elders who had grown up together on the Near Southside. This research is captured in the oral history book The Neighborhood of Saturdays, by Professor Sue Hyatt, which was published in 2013 by Dog Ear Press.  The exhibit presents another view of the history of the community and moves the story into the future by involving the views of children who are currently participating in programs at the Concord Neighborhood Center.  The exhibit is open from 2-4 p.m., and the program begins at 2:30 p.m.

    For more information, please contact Modupe Labode, Assistant Professor of History and Museum Studies,, 274-3829
  • Elee Wood is part of the Sabbatical Speaker Series: Around the Country in 52 Museums: Finding the Objects of Experience
  • Laura Holzman, Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art, discusses the process of producing Making Memory 
  • Making Memory, an exhibition Laura Holzman, Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art, has been recently working on, opens Friday, January 10 in the Marsh Gallery at Herron. It will be on view through January 29, 2014. 
  • Congratulations to Elee Wood and Kiersten F Latham on their recent publicationThe Objects of Experience: Transforming Visitor-Object Encounters in Museums
  • Public Scholars Laura Holzman and Modupe Labode discuss arts issues related to Detroit bankruptcy
  • Why Guantánamo? exhibit April 10, 2013-May 12, 2013, Cultural Arts Gallery, 2nd floor of the IUPUI Campus Center. Please follow this link for more information about the Guantanamo Public Memory Project.  
  • On January 25, 2013, artists and scholars from across the country as well as many leaders from Indianapolis’s arts and culture community gathered for the Art, Race, Space symposium. This interdisciplinary symposium explored the complicated relationships among art, race, and civic space.  Participants began by reflecting on artist Fred Wilson’s E Pluribus Unum, a public art commission for the Indianapolis Culture Trail that was cancelled in 2011 due to controversy surrounding Wilson’s appropriation of a freed slave figure from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.  Building on the ideas about race, class, visual culture, and democratic debate that emerge from the Indianapolis project, presenters addressed related historical and contemporary examples from other parts of the United States.  The Art, Race, Space project continues with dialogue on social media and broadcast of portions of the symposium,  and the development of curriculum to support continuing conversations in formal and informal learning settings about these issues. See the Art, Race, Space web site for details and Please follow us on Twitter, and on Facebook,
  • July 25, 2012 Museum Studies Administrative Secretary recognized with Schultheis Award for Outstanding Staff 

  • July 24, 2012 IUPUI Museum Studies professor receives Association of Midwest Museums Distinguished Service Award
  • Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Grants Museum Studies Program $50,000 for Fellowships