University of Illinois at Chicago - Museum and Exhibition Studies

University of Illinois at Chicago - Museum and Exhibition Studies Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a two year interdisciplinary Master's Program with a focus on social justice.
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Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE) is an interdisciplinary MA program with a social justice focus. MUSE emphasizes the evolving social and political contexts of today's cultural institutions, including museums of art, anthropology, architecture, history, nature, science, youth and contemporary culture. Museum and Exhibition Studies: www.flickr.com/photos/muse-uic/ issuu.com/museuic

Please attend the Museums & Race Cypher - Imagine a Radical Future Virtual Conference - May 18-20, 2020. Museum and Exhi...
05/12/2020
Museums & Race: Imagine a [Radical] Future

Please attend the Museums & Race Cypher - Imagine a Radical Future Virtual Conference - May 18-20, 2020. Museum and Exhibition Studies Director Therese Quinn, MUSE grad Ivan Guzman and MUSE student Nancy Villafranca will be presenting with our colleague Liliana Macias, Chicago History Museum.

There are sessions every afternoon, all addressing the intersections of culture and justice. Register here (free, but donations invited): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/museums-race-imagine-a-radical-future-tickets-104654089198

#MuseumsandRace2020 is an opportunity for EVERYONE to stay engaged and shape a more equitable field for the future.

Fwd: Museums Journal Call for Submissions 2021 is live! Follow the link in the website to submit your works on the theme...
05/12/2020
FWD:MUSEUMSJOURNAL

Fwd: Museums Journal Call for Submissions 2021 is live!

Follow the link in the website to submit your works on the theme of "In Transit." Also submit your exhibition and book reviews!

https://fwdmuseumsjournal.weebly.com/

Recognizing the need to critically transform museums, Fwd: Museums strives to create a space for challenging, critiquing, and imagining alternative modes of thinking and production within and outside of museums. This journal is produced by the University

There was a great turn out on Monday night for the launch of Dr. Therese Quinn’s book “School: Questions About Museums, ...
02/06/2020

There was a great turn out on Monday night for the launch of Dr. Therese Quinn’s book “School: Questions About Museums, Culture, and Justice to Explore in Your Classroom!”
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In the spirit of the new book, Therese gave the floor to students, Karina and Sammy, and their history teacher Anton Miglietta from Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy - Rudy Lozano Campus who are putting the work into action. These student activists (pictured in this series of photos) have petitioned and pressured the Chicago History Museum to create exhibits which include Latinx history and representation. Their work is inspiring and speaks directly to the mission of Dr. Quinn’s new book.
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Also in conversation was Ivan Guzman, a graduate of the MUSE program and Teen Programs Coordinator at the Chicago History Museum.
#museumsandsocialjustice

MUSE Thank yous!We greatly appreciate the National Museum of Mexican Art for hosting the Museum Collections class this s...
12/27/2019
National Museum of Mexican Art

MUSE Thank yous!

We greatly appreciate the National Museum of Mexican Art for hosting the Museum Collections class this semester during their busy time leading up to their exhibit “Día de Muertos • A Matter of Life.” Many thanks to Cesareo Moreno, Director of Visual Arts & Chief Curator, for taking time to discuss the vast collection and its representation of the surrounding neighborhood and national Mexican identity. A big thank you also goes out to first year MUSE student Ximena Mora, collections assistant at the NMMA, for giving the class a personal tour of the permanent collection.
Follow the link below to learn more and to plan your visit to Pilsen!

The Musem’s gift shop - Tienda Tzintzuntzán - Place of the Hummingbird is described by some visitors as an exhibition unto itself.

MUSE Thanks yous!Thank you to Essence McDowell, co-author of "Lifting As They Climbed: Mapping a History of Black Women ...
12/27/2019
Lifting As They Climbed: Mapping Black Women's History in Chicago

MUSE Thanks yous!

Thank you to Essence McDowell, co-author of "Lifting As They Climbed: Mapping a History of Black Women on Chicago's South Side", for speaking to the Museum Genres class at the African American Cultural Center on the UIC campus. "Lifting As They Climbed" examines the lives of Black Women who contributed to the development of Chicago and leads readers on a self-guided tour of significant sites on Chicago’s South Side. Essence’s lecture highlighted the need for teaching untold histories and also made a case for creating nontraditional historical markers.
To learn more about Essence and "Lifting as They Climbed" check out the link below!

48 Black Women, 33 Locations, Infinite Possibilities. A guidebook that teaches readers about Black Women's history in Chicago using a tour through 33 South Side sites and landmarks.

MUSE Thank yous! Thank you  so much to the Illinois Labor History Society! They hosted the Museum Genres class on a Satu...
12/23/2019
Chicago — Illinois Labor History Society

MUSE Thank yous!

Thank you so much to the Illinois Labor History Society! They hosted the Museum Genres class on a Saturday morning in September at the Haymarket Martyrs Monument at the Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois. We appreciate the time and knowledge you shared with us about the significance of the Haymarket riots and the discussion on the importance of historical monuments.

Check out the link below for more information about the ILHS and Chicago labor history.

http://www.illinoislaborhistory.org/chicago

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MUSE Thank yous!Thank you to MUSE alum Courtney Sass for taking time to speak to the Writing For Exhibitions Class on mu...
12/22/2019
Museum Accessibility Toolkit

MUSE Thank yous!

Thank you to MUSE alum Courtney Sass for taking time to speak to the Writing For Exhibitions Class on museum accessibility, specifically on writing descriptive audio labels. Courtney created a comprehensive website called the “Museum Accessibility Toolkit,”which lays out ideas for accommodations that benefit different segments of the disabled population. Check out the link below to see Courtney’s amazing and important work!

A toolkit for providing accessibility programs in museums

MUSE Thank yous!A sincere thank you goes out to the DuSable Museum of African American History for hosting and touring t...
12/21/2019
About the Museum

MUSE Thank yous!

A sincere thank you goes out to the DuSable Museum of African American History for hosting and touring the Museum Collections class.
A double thank you to Skyla S. Hearn, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at the DuSable for speaking to the visiting Collections class and for traveling to the UIC campus to speak to the Museum Genres, Practices and Institutions class. Please come back anytime!

Follow the link below for more information on the DuSable Museum of African American History!

To promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art. Visit the following pages to learn more about the museum

As the semester ends and the new year approaches we'd like to take some time to thank a few institutions and individuals...
12/20/2019
About - Chicago Cultural Alliance

As the semester ends and the new year approaches we'd like to take some time to thank a few institutions and individuals who helped MUSE this year.

A big thank you goes out to the Chicago Cultural Alliance, and especially to the Conservation and Collection Program Manager, Andrew Leith for being our liaison to many of the institutions visited this semester by the Museum Collections class. Thank you Andrew for your valuable wisdom and insights!

Follow the link to find out more about the Chicago Cultural Alliance!

The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s mission is to connect, promote, and support centers of cultural heritage for a more inclusive Chicago. We are a consortium of 40 Chicago-area cultural heritage museums, centers and historical societies who span 28 neighborhoods and 7 suburbs, representing more than ...

Dr. Therese Quinn, Associate Professor and Director of MUSE, traveled to Turku, Finland this week for the #RainbowHistor...
11/14/2019

Dr. Therese Quinn, Associate Professor and Director of MUSE, traveled to Turku, Finland this week for the #RainbowHistoryMonth Seminar! 🌈
Dr. Quinn gave lectures and led workshops on Queer pedagogies and arts education which focused on different ways Queer identities and histories can be integrated into classrooms through museums and memory sites. Great work, Dr. Quinn! @ Turku, Finland

The MUSE program is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate through the Bridge to the Faculty postdoctoral program...
11/06/2019
Job Details: Postdoctoral Research Associate - School of Art and Art History

The MUSE program is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate through the Bridge to the Faculty postdoctoral program at UIC.
Follow the link to learn more about this Fellowship.
We look forward to meeting the candidates!

The University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for a Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in Museum and Exhibition Studies, to begin August 16, 2020.

11/06/2019

Three of our second year MUSE students will be presenting at the Association of Registrars and Collection Specialists (ARCS) conference this year.
Emma Turner-Trujillo, Araceli Medina-Castillo, and Mallery Lutey will be giving a presentation titled "Indigenize and Digitize." They are aiming to make museums' collections available on their websites as soon as they enter the museum - as well as introduce new categories of database nomenclature that highlights the presence and autonomy of indigenous cultures. This year's conference will be held at the Mutter Museum in Philidelphia #ARCSconf

Gallery 400
11/05/2019

Gallery 400

Our next Voices lecture is tomorrow, November 5 at 6pm. Our speaker, Tiona Nekkia McClodden [she/her] is a visual artist, filmmaker, and curator whose work often employs a citational practice exploring and critiquing issues at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and social commentary.

This year, McClodden won the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Bucksbaum Award, an award that recognizes an artist featured in the current edition of the Whitney Biennial.

Image: Tiona Nekkia McClodden, I prayed to the wrong god for you, 2019, stills from the six-channel color HD video component of a mixed-media installation additionally comprising twelve objects.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2692901940754032/

Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship for Diverse Faculty Search - University of Illinois at Chicago - Museum an...
11/04/2019
Job Details: Postdoctoral Research Associate - School of Art and Art History

Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship for Diverse Faculty Search - University of Illinois at Chicago - Museum and Exhibition Studies! Please share.

The University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for a Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in Museum and Exhibition Studies, to begin August 16, 2020.

Don't miss the last info session of the year!Today at 6:00pm in the 5th Floor Gallery!
11/04/2019

Don't miss the last info session of the year!
Today at 6:00pm in the 5th Floor Gallery!

Still on the fence about a career in museums?  Join us next Monday at the last info session of the year to see what we'r...
10/28/2019

Still on the fence about a career in museums? Join us next Monday at the last info session of the year to see what we're all about!

It's already time to start thinking about Spring semester classes! Might you consider this course offered by the MUSE pr...
10/19/2019

It's already time to start thinking about Spring semester classes! Might you consider this course offered by the MUSE program to enhance your studies?
"Critical Museology in the African Diaspora" will explore how museum professionals of African descent are curating, sustaining, and protecting black memory and culture within the realm of Western theories and museum practices.
Open to all graduate students!
Registration for spring semester begins on November 4th.

It's already time to start thinking about Spring semester classes! Might you consider this course offered by the MUSE pr...
10/19/2019

It's already time to start thinking about Spring semester classes! Might you consider this course offered by the MUSE program to enhance your studies?
"Producing Fwd: Museums Journal" is a yearly publication produced by this class. The journal is a radical/critical platform for advancing the field of museums studies and practices with content collected from an open call for submissions.
Open to all graduate students!
Registration for spring semester starts November 4th!

Gallery 400
10/18/2019

Gallery 400

Come by today at 4:30pm for a conversation with Emmanuel Ortega and Adela Goldbard, called Subverting Technologies of Repression.

Subverting Technologies of Repression is a conversation between Emmanuel Ortega and Adela Goldbard, sharing research on topics of Mexican resistances against historical repression. Ortega and Goldbard will give individual presentations on their research followed by a collaborative discussion. |

Subvirtiendo tecnologías de represión
Conversación con Emmanuel Ortega y Adela Goldbard
Hoy!

Subvirtiendo tecnologías de represión es una conversación entre Emmanuel Ortega y Adela Goldbard, compartiendo investigaciones sobre temas de resistencias mexicanas contra la represión histórica. Ortega y Goldbard harán presentaciones individuales sobre sus investigaciones, seguidos por un diálogo colaborativo.

Tonight is the night for the 2nd info session! We can’t wait to see all of your prospective faces!
10/15/2019

Tonight is the night for the 2nd info session! We can’t wait to see all of your prospective faces!

Gallery 400
10/09/2019

Gallery 400

Please contact [email protected] for any questions or concerns regarding the closure. We look forward to reopening tomorrow!

Have you ever thought about your relationship to soil?Second year MUSE student June Ahn's capstone project will help you...
10/08/2019
UIC Greenspace

Have you ever thought about your relationship to soil?Second year MUSE student June Ahn's capstone project will help you explore that very querstion! Greenspace will host Nance Klehm who will lead a workshop focused on the life of and in the soil. See you there!

Hi all! SOIL-LOOK with Nance Klehm is happening tomorrow from 1-3 pm at the UIC Greenhouse. First 15 people to register on eventbrite will receive a ~special~ plant & screenprint to take home! 🌱🥳

Missed the last info session? No worries. The next one is in one week. See you there!
10/08/2019

Missed the last info session? No worries. The next one is in one week. See you there!

The MUSE 545 class (Museum Genres, Practices, and Institutions) recently read articles and had a discussion around the n...
10/04/2019
Kehinde Wiley’s Times Square Monument: That’s No Robert E. Lee

The MUSE 545 class (Museum Genres, Practices, and Institutions) recently read articles and had a discussion around the nature of Confederate monuments. Here is artist Kehinde Wiley's answer to that debate.

The sculpture, of an African-American man in streetwear and mounted on a horse, was unveiled Friday and will eventually move to Richmond, Va., home to a number of Confederate memorials.

The first info session for the MUSE program is TODAY! Come hear from the program directors and current students about th...
09/26/2019

The first info session for the MUSE program is TODAY!
Come hear from the program directors and current students about their work and experiences in our growing program at UIC.

Call for articles – QUEER HISTORY MONTH! 1 page abstract due 11/29/19!SQS – The journal of Queer Studies in Finland – is...
09/25/2019
Käsikirjoitukset | SQS – Suomen Queer-tutkimuksen Seuran lehti

Call for articles – QUEER HISTORY MONTH! 1 page abstract due 11/29/19!

SQS – The journal of Queer Studies in Finland – is to publish its 2/2020 special issue on Queer History Month. The special issue aims to provoke discussion widely on the ways LGBTQ+ history month has been realized by different actors in different contexts, such as schools, museums or the Internet. What are the (queer) didactics and pedagogies used when conveying a queer past to the present? How is one to tackle the complexities of queer sexualities and genders when reaching out to students and publics? How are the obstacles managed, be they attitudinal, organizational or administrative, when organizing events and activities around queer history month?

SQS invites submissions for peer-reviewed articles (not to exceed 70 000 characters), editorially managed review articles (35 000), opinion pieces and commentaries (21 000) as well as book reviews for the special issue. The journal publishes texts written in English, Swedish and Finnish. See https://journal.fi/sqs/about/submissions for more details.

Please send us a one-page abstract of your intended submission (please identify the chosen category), including your contact details and a short bio, by the 29th of November, 2019. You will be informed about the tentative acceptance of your input by mid-December. Your full articles are due at the end of April for the review process. We expect to finish the reviewing and editing by October 2020, and the issue will be published at the end of the year 2020.

To send in your abstracts and queries, please contact the editors of the special issue:
Dr. Tuula Juvonen (Tuula.Juvonen[at]utu.fi), Turku Institute for Advanced Studies and the Gender Studies program, University of Turku, Finland.
Dr. Therese Quinn (thereseq[at]uic.edu), Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago.

SQS is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, published by the Society for Queer Studies in Finland. Please find the previous issues of SQS since 2005 at https://journal.fi/sqs/issue/archive.
Society for Queer Studies in Finland was founded in Helsinki in 2004, and it is a member of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.

Call for Submissions - Fwd: Museums Journal 5! A home is not a house, and a house is not a home. A house contains object...
09/24/2019

Call for Submissions - Fwd: Museums Journal 5!

A home is not a house, and a house is not a home. A house contains objects and composes rooms. However, it is the concept of the home that connotes an expanded range of mindsets and desires. What does it mean to be a home?

A home informs individual and community identity. While the contemporary home has become synonymous with stature, prestige, and trend, instead of being a place for truth, comfort, and a sense of security. And yet, some people find their homes in strange ways, new countries, and even housed in institutional spaces like museums. Can museums function or have qualities of a home?

A home is an assemblage of spaces that build emotional intelligence, characterizes ecological concerns, stages diverse ideologies, celebrates culture, makes or breaks political belief, and records the history of the inhabitants in imagined or factual ways. How can one word hold such power and embody so many meanings?

A home is personal. It can be a thought, a mood, a memory, a smell or an image. As a place of steady routines and rituals, inhabitants can intimately connect with every nook, cranny, and detail while recounting the stories and secrets of their home. What secrets reside in your home?

A home is a collective obsession. As a marketing campaign for the ‘American Dream’, today’s populace is bombarded with home improvement shows with visions of bigger is better. The commercial domain of domesticity is branding and selling a home as a product. Within the Craigslist ecosystem of click-view-select we hunt for rental spaces and even DIY projects that impart a sense of home, becoming wanderers in search of the perfect abode. Meanwhile, the struggle to avoid homelessness in the face of housing shortages often reduces the home to a mere refuge. How does a home become an asylum or a prison?

A home is ever changing. This issue proposes home as a universal concept that is relative in its struggles, iterations, and connotations. From the habits and connections in the domestic sphere experienced everyday to the compressions and extensions of borders and behavior at the Homeland Security checkpoints, share your stories, visions, and projections of HOME with Fwd: Museums.
​Submission topics may include but are not limited to:
Collections within the home
House museums
How collections and artifacts are housed
Comfort/Safety experiences within museums and lack thereof
Feeling at home in museums
Family/Challenging ideas of family
Artifacts from people's homes
Looting/Repatriation
Beyond Repatriation
Home/house archiving
How museums address im/migration or displacement from home/homelands
Gentrification/Artwashing/Homelessness
Public/Personal/Collective Memory
Preservation and destruction
Heritage/Culture
Depictions of home in art
Domesticity explored/Roles we play inside the home
Home as a basic human right
Libraries vs. museums as open public spaces
Design as a tool to make a home/anti-home
Defining borders
Architecture - the bones of a/that make a home
Site of civic engagement/communal spaces
Invasions of the home
And many more!

Deadline: January 5, 2020 by 11:59 (CT)

Submission form & more info:
https://tinyurl.com/Fwd2020
Email us: [email protected]

Fwd: Museums invites academic articles, artwork, essays, exhibition/book reviews, creative writing, interviews, poetry, love letters, and other experimental forms to analyze, critique, and make space for new thinking about museums and exhibitions.
All submissions should follow the guidelines and relate to the journal’s mission statement (see above). We strongly encourage book and exhibition reviews on multiple topics, but require all other submissions to connect to the fifth issue’s theme, “HOME.”

Guidelines
​Written submissions should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words and in one of the following formats: DOCX, using Chicago Manual of Style formatting and citations.

All images should be sent as separate files (not embedded in text) at 300+ dpi in tiff format. Note in text where images should be inserted and include credit, caption, date of execution, materials used, and dimensions, as appropriate.

A Note on Reviews
Reviews need not directly engage the issue’s theme but should relate to the journal’s mission statement (see below). We welcome long-form museum, exhibition, film, and book reviews with a point of view and connections to social, historical, political and other contexts.

Who Should Submit?
Students, faculty, scholars, professionals, artists, amateurs, adjuncts, volunteers, part-timers, philanthropists, activists, and other people with something to say about museums, exhibits, and cultural work are welcome to submit.

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Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE) is an interdisciplinary MA program with a social justice focus. MUSE emphasizes the evolving social and political contexts of today's cultural institutions, including museums of art, anthropology, architecture, history, nature, science, youth and contemporary culture. Read more here: http://artandarthistory.uic.edu/uic_masters_muse

MUSE produces a yearly peer-reviewed publication, Fwd: Museums Journal. For our most recent Call for Submissions and to order copies, see:

Fwd: Museums Journal @fwdmuseums + http://fwdmuseumsjournal.weebly.com/

Fwd: Museums Journal 1 - Inaugurations 2016: https://tinyurl.com/y7dy7ooj

Fwd: Museums Journal 2 - Small 2017: https://tinyurl.com/y84f99vj

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