Chicago Association of Specialized Museums

Chicago Association of Specialized Museums CASM is a coalition of small and quirky institutions with exhibits in Chicago.

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Join CASM members American Writers Museum and the Center for Decision Research, University of Chicago Booth School of Bu...
07/09/2021
Sundays on State

Join CASM members American Writers Museum and the Center for Decision Research, University of Chicago Booth School of Business at Chicago Loop Alliance's Sundays on State this Sunday, 7/11! While you're downtown, you can also check out some of our other members within walking (-ish, for some :) ) distance of State Street, including Design Museum of Chicago, McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine, and Museum of Contemporary Photography.

https://loopchicago.com/events/sundays-on-state/?fbclid=IwAR3jyqCCWGL6V6_BPswcUxNH--SBG0DDmpVnmEqwFR8DK9cPozTfL0hfpQo

Chicago’s most iconic street, State Street, will close to traffic from Lake to Madison on select Sundays this summer and transform into an open street full of surprises. #SundaysOnState

Sure, you like poetry. Surgical science interests you. You even know a thing or two about contemporary photography and o...
04/22/2021
CASM Culture Like a Local Trivia Night

Sure, you like poetry. Surgical science interests you. You even know a thing or two about contemporary photography and outsider art. But how well do you know the Chicago institutions that specialize in these subjects? CASM welcomes all Chicago arts and culture supporters—whether you live here or happen to be a Windy City enthusiast—to put their knowledge to the test at a free virtual trivia night on Thursday, May 6, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. CDT. Grab a friend or be a team of one and play against other teams for a chance to win a CASM goodie bag with swag from member museums and partner organizations! You might even discover a cultural institution to add to your to-go list.

Join CASM for a free trivia event focused on some of our favorite niche museums in Chicago!

We're excited to share that the American Writers Museum will be reopening its doors on Friday, May 14! Tune in live on Y...
04/09/2021
Reopening Preview Event

We're excited to share that the American Writers Museum will be reopening its doors on Friday, May 14! Tune in live on YouTube on April 14 at 4:00 pm Central for an overview of what’s happening at the AWM, from reopening plans to exhibits and programs and more. Get a first look at their new virtual exhibit Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable. Staff will answer your questions live and give away prizes. You read that right, PRIZES!! Register for the event here:

Tune in live on YouTube to hear about the AWM's reopening plans, new virtual exhibits, program announcements and more!

Not for the faint of heart, but a fascinating conversation from the American Writers Museum's podcast Author Talks.
03/08/2021
Episode 39: Nicole Perlroth | AWM Author Talks Podcast

Not for the faint of heart, but a fascinating conversation from the American Writers Museum's podcast Author Talks.

New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth about her new book This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race.

03/03/2021

We have an exciting program coming up on Monday, March 8! Join MBC board member and broadcaster Andrea Darlas, as she hosts a panel of three incredible women in radio. Registration is open now at www.tinyurl.com/mbcevents

Any bookshelf-by-color organizers out there?
02/26/2021
All the Covers of the Rainbow: BLUE

Any bookshelf-by-color organizers out there?

Check out some classic blue book covers! All the Covers of the Rainbow is a blog series that explores different colors and book covers.

Remember goals and motivation that didn't involve snow, ice, and meetings that could have been emails? Join Chicago Boot...
02/16/2021
Think Better with Ayelet Fishbach - | Hong Kong | The University of Chicago

Remember goals and motivation that didn't involve snow, ice, and meetings that could have been emails? Join Chicago Booth's Ayelet Fishbach, Northwestern University's Rima Toure-Tillery, and the Chicago Booth Center for Decision Research tomorrow (Wed. 2/17) at 6pm for a discussion on best practices for setting goals, monitoring progress, juggling multiple goals, and soliciting social support. (Don't panic, the page says it starts at 8 am, but only if you're in Hong Kong!)

https://www.uchicago.hk/events/think-better-with-ayelet-fishbach-stay-motivated/

What does behavioral science teach us about goals and motivation? In this installment of the Think Better speaker series, Chicago Booth's Ayelet Fishbach and Northwestern University's Rima Toure-Tillery will discuss best practices for setting goals, monitoring progress, juggling multiple goals, and....

Can't make it to the Museum of Contemporary Photography? Take a walk through the exhibition, virtually! This digital wal...
02/15/2021
MoCP | Reproductive

Can't make it to the Museum of Contemporary Photography? Take a walk through the exhibition, virtually! This digital walk-through will be featured on the forthcoming iArt Walks app.

You can access the digital walk-though here: bit.ly/MoCPWalkThrough

Reproductive - Health | Fertility | Agency

Did you the International Museum of Surgical Science has returned to regular operating hours? Well, now you do – if you'...
02/04/2021

Did you the International Museum of Surgical Science has returned to regular operating hours? Well, now you do – if you're visiting, but sure to check out their Women in STEM!

We're thrilled to showcase more of the contemporary women scientists in our exhibits. Please join us in welcoming Megan Prescott, Dorothy Tovar, Dr. Ritu Raman, and Dr. Danielle Robertson to the walls of the International Museum of Surgical Science!⁠

This exhibit is made possible in part by a #GenderEquityGrant from Association of Science and Technology Centers and IF/THEN . We’re proud to be part of the community of science museums promoting equity in STEM, including equitable gender representation.

Tomorrow!
01/12/2021

Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, LIVE on Facebook, our Great Debates panel is back to give some insight about how to approach the events of the last week with students. This will be an excellent resource for parents and teachers trying to navigate questions about impeachment, the 25th Amendment, and the attack on the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday.

Panelists include Deborah Douglas, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University, Carol Summerfield, Co-Author of www.greatdebates.org curriculum, and Dennis Cremin, Professor of History at Lewis University.

CASM member American Writers Museum has a new blog series, – check it out for the writers their staff are excited about ...
01/11/2021
Writers of the Month — January 2021

CASM member American Writers Museum has a new blog series, – check it out for the writers their staff are excited about each month!

Rod Serling, Gillian Flynn, Martin Luther King, Jr. and more make up this month's list.

Love it or hate it, the Elf is a thing.... Join Museum of Broadcast Communications for a fun Holiday at Home broadcast!
12/22/2020

Love it or hate it, the Elf is a thing.... Join Museum of Broadcast Communications for a fun Holiday at Home broadcast!

Coming Soon...

A message from the elf OFF the shelf! You've heard of her, right? ;) #MBCStayHomefortheHolidays

Free! Tomorrow night "at" the Museum of Contemporary Photography – register today!
12/01/2020

Free!

Tomorrow night "at" the Museum of Contemporary Photography – register today!

We are so excited for the next installment in our Lectures in Photography series, featuring Mimi Plumb. Described as a dreamlike vision of American dystopia encapsulating the anxieties of a world spinning out of balance, Plumb’s work defies categorization. Mark your calendars and be sure to register for this free virtual event.

The lecture will take place Wednesday, December 2, 6 p.m. CST

Register on Zoom for this free event here: bit.ly/LIPPlumb

Looking for something to get you through this next period of stay-at-home? What about starting a podcast? Join Museum of...
11/16/2020

Looking for something to get you through this next period of stay-at-home? What about starting a podcast? Join Museum of Broadcast Communications this Wednesday!

Come on, we know you have thought to yourself at least once, “I should start a podcast...” hasn’t everyone? Join us and Third Coast Senior Producer, Isabel Vázquez, next Wednesday and learn how to get that big idea off the ground! Grab your co-host and and your zoom account! Registration is open now: https://museum.doubleknot.com/facility/want-to-start-a-podcast/2756421

Let's be honest, we all need a moment to smile right now. Museum of Broadcast Communications is hosting what looks like ...
11/02/2020

Let's be honest, we all need a moment to smile right now. Museum of Broadcast Communications is hosting what looks like will be a delightful event this evening. Take a break from your cable news coverage and doom scrolling to join them!

We are so stoked for tonight! Join us at 6pm for a LIVE discussion with Al Gini and Abraham Singer, moderated by our executive director Susy Schultz! Bring your questions about satire, politics,and what the heck happens after tomorrow! 🗳

We can't agree more with Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art being included on this list!
10/15/2020
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

We can't agree more with Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art being included on this list!

Intuit is thrilled to be named in The Guardian's latest article, "Weird, wacky and utterly wonderful: the world's greatest unsung museums," where writer and cultural critic Olivia Laing describes the Henry Darger Room Collection as "a monument to indomitable creativity."

Among the many great institutions listed is Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne, where Intuit's hit exhibition Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow is currently on view until November 1, 2020.

Have you checked out the American Writers Museum's Author Talks podcasts yet? If not, this one is a great one to start o...
10/13/2020
American Writers Museum

Have you checked out the American Writers Museum's Author Talks podcasts yet? If not, this one is a great one to start on!

In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, check out our latest AWM Author Talks podcast with Tanaya J. Winder and Frank Waln. The two discuss their work, their heritage, and the power of writing to heal. They also play some songs!

Originally recorded live at the American Writers Museum in May of 2019.

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-20-frank-waln-tanaya-winder/

A perfect event for October!
10/12/2020
International Museum of Surgical Science

A perfect event for October!

PREORDER SIGNED COPIES OF DARK ARCHIVES & THE BUTCHERING ART NOW!

There are books out there, some shelved unwittingly next to ordinary texts, that are bound in human skin. Would you know one if you held it in your hand? In Dark Archives, Megan Rosenbloom, a librarian and a cofounder of the Death Salon, seeks out the historic and scientific truths behind anthropodermic bibliopegy. Dozens of these books still sit on the shelves of the world’s most famous libraries and museums. What are their stories?

On October 25th, 2020, at 2pm CST, the International Museum of Surgical Science is hosting a FREE, VIRTUAL author reading with Megan Rosenbloom in conversation with medical historian, author, and TV host Dr Lindsey Fitzharris. These two friends will discuss medical history, explore the English alleged human skin books, and reveal their adventures that were cut out of Dark Archives.

Signed copies of both books are available to preorder NOW in our online store! Click below 👇

Love poetry? Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine is hiring!
10/09/2020
Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine

Love poetry? Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine is hiring!

At the Poetry Foundation, we exist to celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. POETRY, an independent literary magazine published by the Poetry Foundation, is committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.

We believe it is our duty to better serve the poets who entrust us with their work, creative or otherwise, and serve audiences who find solace, joy, insight, catalysts for change, and more in poetry.

Our job search seeks to develop a broad and diverse applicant pool of candidates who share a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and building a culture of inclusion, as well as a passion for poetry and supporting poets.

As part of this commitment, we are inviting Guest Editors to edit several issues of POETRY. Guest Editors would be responsible for:
• Bringing new perspectives to the magazine and providing support as we select our next President
• Working with the editorial team in reading submissions and editing the magazine
• Audience outreach and strengthening relationships with poets
• Helping to deepen the magazine’s commitment to antiracism

We're also looking for a POETRY Editorial Assistant who will be responsible for a variety of administrative and editorial tasks to keep the magazine’s production on track.
• Administrative: Keep various magazine files and databases organized and up-to-date while ensuring all necessary paperwork and correspondence is completed and filed correctly to meet internal deadlines.
• Editorial: Assist the magazine team in typesetting and proofreading each issue of the magazine and confirm accuracy of digital versions in advance of publication.

We are also currently on the search for a Product Manager, responsible for:
• Driving the success, efficiency, and continued improvement of poetryfoundation.org and our various digital projects
• Product management of all digital platforms
• Project management across teams and tools
• Digital development

Come! Share! Knowledge is power!
10/08/2020

Come! Share! Knowledge is power!

This Thursday, October 8, 6 p.m. CDT, we are thrilled to be hosting a panel discussion that will focus on the barriers that eligible voters face in trying to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right. Exhibition co-curator Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin, Associate Professor of Journalism, will moderate the panel. Panelists include Ami Gandhi, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights; Rose Colacino, Indivisible Illinois; Brian Simmons, Chicago Votes; José Morales, Jr., Fair Fight Action.

Register for this free zoom event here: bit.ly/votingMoCP

Image: Hyers + Mebane, Voting Booth 3719, from the EMPIRE portfolio, 2006

Join the Museum of Broadcast Communications for a post-VP debate discussion tonight!
10/07/2020

Join the Museum of Broadcast Communications for a post-VP debate discussion tonight!

Can you talk about politics and be nonpartisan? Join us tomorrow after the vice presidential debate to see. We will discuss the debates, the candidates, the content and how to use them as an educational opportunity with high school and middle school students. Our panelists are Deborah Douglas of DePauw University, Dennis Cremin of Lewis University and Carol Summerfield. We expect to begin at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday but if the debate runs long, we'll start immediately after it ends.

On view through January 17, 2021!
10/07/2020
International Museum of Surgical Science

On view through January 17, 2021!

Introducing Selva Aparicio: 𝑯𝒀𝑺𝑻𝑬𝑹𝑰𝑨.

𝑯𝒀𝑺𝑻𝑬𝑹𝑰𝑨 is an installation by Spring 2020 Artist-in-Residence Selva Aparicio (@selvaaparicio) designed in conversation with the collections and exhibitions at the International Museum of Surgical Science. With a focus on the fragility of life and the implications of gender, race, and power dynamics in medicine, Aparicio draws on her own experiences to explore the innate power of liminal objects like the gynecological exam table and an assortment of forceps and specula at the heart of her exhibition. 𝑯𝒀𝑺𝑻𝑬𝑹𝑰𝑨 centers both the memories imbued within and the imprints of past patients upon these enduring pieces to explore the nature of womanhood as a condition defined by conflict, pain, and transition, constantly positioned at the very precipice of life and death.

𝑯𝒀𝑺𝑻𝑬𝑹𝑰𝑨 invites viewers to consider the effects of the institutionalization of medicine and subsequent imposition of strict boundaries in relation to gender, race, and authority in its most basic practice. The professionalization of gynecology in particular is a central theme in Aparicio’s work as it saw women removed from centuries-old positions of authority in favor of their textbook-educated male counterparts and the exploitation of marginalized women in the name of advancement and innovation.

Like curtains in an examination room, Aparicio juxtaposes historical artifacts and natural materials to manifest these boundaries in the reflective process and represent the limitations of medical practice and long-standing social conventions. Utilizing thorn stems and ligature, the ephemerality of nature is contrasted with the rigidity of western medical practice and the unyielding conventions that inform consent, agency, and bodily autonomy.

𝑯𝒀𝑺𝑻𝑬𝑹𝑰𝑨 will be on view from October 16, 2020 – January 17, 2021.

Museum of Broadcast Communications
09/22/2020
Museum of Broadcast Communications

Museum of Broadcast Communications

TONIGHT at 5:30: MBC Executive Director Susy Schultz sits down with Anita Banerji, director of Forefront’s Democracy Initiative. They discuss the importance of filling out the census (deadline is next week!!) and the new option of submitting online.

Have you responded to the census? if not, follow the link below!

ALSO! Make sure you tune in right here on Thursday! we will be sharing an episode of "Fibber McGee and Molly" performed with a twist by local Chicago actors! You won't want to miss it!

Contemporary art at a surgical science museum? Yep!
09/08/2020

Contemporary art at a surgical science museum? Yep!

Have you seen our new contemporary art exhibit yet?

Ever since the 19th century, people have been collecting scientific data from the human body and cataloguing emotions. Today, technology is used to turn our emotions into financial assets. Smart devices try to gain our trust in order to compile information that turns our feelings into capital. In Emotions Go to Work, New York based artist Zoe Beloff explores where this evolution is taking us. Can these technological systems understand our feelings? Will emojis determine our emotional life? As technology takes on more and more emotional characteristics, how will they change the nature of our desires?

Emotions Go to Work presents itself as a cacophony of faces (human and nonhuman) which are either animated, illustrated or performed, alongside a series of symbols of old and new technological advancement. The multi-media installation comprising films, charts and figures that explore the interwoven history of human and machine through re-workings and pastiches of existing cultural material from our collective consciousness– from samples of early black and white cartoons to emojis, and from early kinetic experiments in film to slick advertorials.

From a laughing typewriter to the Internet of things (IoT), Emotions Go to Work asks what balance must be struck between creating helpful technologies and entrusting machines with the freedom to reshape us in their image.

Learn more here: https://imss.org/zoe-beloff-emotions-go-to-work/

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