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

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Get the newest issue of SQS, the Journal of Q***r Studies in Finland, a peer-reviewed and open access online journal. Th...
01/11/2021
Vol 14 Nro 1-2 (2020): Q***r History Month | SQS – Suomen Q***r-tutkimuksen Seuran lehti

Get the newest issue of SQS, the Journal of Q***r Studies in Finland, a peer-reviewed and open access online journal. The new special issue focuses on Q***r History Month, in particular, as expressed in museums. Please share.

SQS-lehti on Suomen Q***r-tutkimuksen Seuran toimittama tieteellinen open access -verkkojulkaisu. Siinä on julkaistu vuodesta 2006 alkaen queer-tutkimuksen alaan liittyvää monitieteistä tutkimusta.

11/19/2020
Museum and Exhibition Studies at UIC and Death to Museums!

Recent Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE) graduates June Ahn, Rose Cannon and Emmer Turn-Trujillo were interviewed by current students Ry Douglas and Sidney Murphy about their new dialog series, Death to Museums (D2M), for a recent open house. Watch to about the MUSE Masters Program and D2M, which has upcoming--free!--online events this winter. #UIC #MuseumJustice #ReimagineMuseums

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11/05/2020

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Register for this class with Dr. Lucy Mensah now!
11/05/2020

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11/05/2020

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11/05/2020

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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 Mu***os • 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 Q***r pedagogies and arts education which focused on different ways Q***r 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.

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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

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