Collaboration and interdisciplinary practice in the museum are on the rise. Academics, Artists, and Museums examines twenty-first century partnerships between the museum and higher education sectors, with a focus on art museums and exhibits.
The edited volume offers detailed analysis of how innovative curatorial relationships between museums and academia have sought to engage new, younger, audiences through the collaborative transformation of museums and exhibitions. Thematic topics explored include the forming and nature of interdisciplinary partnerships, the integration of museum learning into higher education, audience engagement, and digital technology. With a particular emphasis on practice in the US, the range of projects discussed includes those at both widely recognized and lesser known institutions, from The Met to the Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center in the US, to Ewha University Museum in South Korea, and Palazzo Strozzi in Italy. The role of art and the work of the artist are firmly positioned at the core of many of the relationships explored.
Academics, Artists, and Museums advocates for the museum as an experimental ‘laboratory’ where academia, art and the museum profession can combine to engage new audiences. It is a useful resource for museum professionals, artists, scholars, and students interested in collaboration and innovative practice.
Table of Contents
Part I: Collaborations Between Art Schools and Their Museums
1. The Art Museum and the Art School: Negotiating Collaboration in Chicago Judith Russi Kirshner and Lisa Wainwright
2. Encouraging American Genius": Creative Exchange at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art + Design Sarah Cash and Lisa Lipinski
Part II: Dialogues in Museums
3. IDEAS: The Art Museum as Laboratory for Learning Rachel Middleman and Deborah Edwards Banerjee
4. A Woven History: These Baskets All Started with a Story Gigi Romeo and Jennifer Juan
5. The Museum as Classroom: Expanding the Boundaries of EFL Curriculum in Korea Kristina Dziedzic Wright
Part III: Museums and Interdisciplinarity
6. Framing Art History in the Liberal Arts: The Academy and Museum in Interdisciplinary Dialogue Catherine Carter Goebel
7. The Museum: Culture, Business and Education Suzanne Bellah, Irina D. Costache, Clare Kunny, and Andrew Morris
8.The Art of Attending Arts-Based Observation Training for Health Professions Students at the University of South Florida Megan Voeller
Part IV: Museum Practices and Audience Engagement
9. The Politics of Space and the Critical Role of Art in Historical Museums Bimbola Akinbola
10. Exhibitions as a Field of Production Martino Margheri
11. Attract, Engage, Partner: Forming Museum-Academic Relationships Peter I. Tokofsky
Part V: Museums, Artists and The Digital Factor
12.The Project Series at Pomona College Museum of Art: Artists in the Academic Context Rebecca McGrew
13. The Art Museum as a Generative Site: A Case Study of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Jacqueline Terrassa and Maya Valladares
14. A Third Place: the &/ project Sarah Archino, Siofra McSherry and Isabella Streffen
Irina D. Costache is Professor of Art History, and Director of the Broome Gallery, at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI), USA. She is an experienced exhibition curator and a former President of Art Historians of Southern California.
Clare Kunny is a US based art historian, educator, and administrator, with 30 years of experience working in and with museums. Focused on building bridges between the academy and the museum, she is the founder and director of Art Muse Los Angeles.
"Academics, Artists, and Museums advocates for the museum as an experimental ‘laboratory’ where academia, art and the museum profession can combine to engage new audiences. It is a useful resource for museum professionals, artists, scholars, and students interested in collaboration and innovative practice."