Museum Studies Blog

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Posted on September 27th, 2022 in Blog, Featured, Public Scholarship by Laura Holzman

Exciting news: this year IUPUI Museum Studies is partnering with the Museum of Broken Relationships and members of our local communities to create The Museum of Broken Relationships Indianapolis, an interdisciplinary project featuring an exhibition and related public programs that will open at the Herron Galleries at IUPUI and at sites around Indianapolis in early …

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Posted on November 30th, 2022 by rileyshr

By Elise Daugherty   It is easy to get caught up in the academic hamster wheel, constantly keeping track of due dates, studying, readings, networking, and applications. In what is often an intense and fast-paced environment, it can be difficult to actually take stock of what you have learned, reflect on where you are, and …

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Posted on November 24th, 2022 in Blog by rileyshr

By Michael Cranick When I visit a museum, I appreciate the opportunity to interact with exhibits and artifacts in different ways. I might take part in a workshop, engage in a conversation with a museum staff member during a presentation, read exhibit labels, or participate in a hands-on activity. As we explored this week, these …

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Posted on November 22nd, 2022 in Blog by rileyshr

By Kayla McLean This week we considered  several different tools a curator may use and how important they are to creating an exhibit. We started connecting these tools and their importance in curatorial practice using our readings. Of the two tools that stood out the most in our discussion, one was very familiar and the …

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Posted on November 18th, 2022 in Blog by rileyshr

By Syd Overtoom (he/they) Are you considering a museum career path? Have you been inspired by a museum education program or two to pursue this world of amazing work? Me, too! I’ve loved the different programs and educational materials I’ve experienced over the years. As we learned this week from Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer et al. and …

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Posted on November 17th, 2022 in Blog by rileyshr

By Peyton Reicherts “Sometimes you walk into a historic house museum looking for volunteer opportunities for college and then you spend the next three years playing the ghost of Jack the Ripper victim, Catherine Eddowes.” This is the beginning of the story I wrote to go along with the broken relationships and objects we came …

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Posted on November 11th, 2022 in Blog by rileyshr

By Chloe Teall This week’s theme was one that I have really been looking forward to: community curation. We initiated class by trying to come up with our own working definition of community curation. In order to achieve a more complete understanding of how this practice can be done successfully, we looked to this week’s …

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Posted on November 9th, 2022 in Blog by rileyshr

By Noah Nobbe   As a second-year public history master’s degree student, I have had many classes discussing museums and public history institutions and their role in public-facing, informal education. But before now, I had not had many chances to put any of that teaching to work, explore museum studies theory, or consider how to …

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Posted on November 4th, 2022 in Blog by rileyshr

By Bryn Foreman I was nervous when I sat down in class for the second week of Curatorial Practices. I had, of my own volition, signed up to do a spotlight presentation on Deborah Bright’s 2001 article, “Shopping the Leftovers: Warhol’s Collecting Strategies in Raid the Icebox I.” Better to just get it out of …

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Posted on November 2nd, 2022 in Blog by rileyshr

By Jennifer Mott From the thrilled look on my professor’s face at the beginning of our Museum Education class session, I could tell she had big news. However, I could not have guessed the amount of personal excitement that her news would bring me. Our discussion this week focused on some foundational questions that underlie …

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