Museum Studies

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter, Sept 14, 2016

September 6th, 2016

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter


Museum Studies Events and Classes

1) Museum Studies Welcome Reception, Kresge Art Center, September 7, 4:00-6:00 PM
The Arts and Cultural Management and Museum Studies Programs welcome you back to campus! On September 7 from 4-6 PM, join us outside the Kresge Art Center for snacks, beverages, and information about both of these great programs.

Details at:

2) AAHD/Museum Studies Chicago Bus Trip, September 23
Join the Museum Studies Program and the Department of Art, Art History and Design on a day trip to Chicago! This is a fantastic opportunity to visit a lot of great museums in the city. A $32 dollar fee is due to the AAHD Office by September 14th, 2016 in order to reserve your spot. 

Details at:

3) CSUS 873: Culture, Communities and Tourism Fall 2016
Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:50 p.m. (+ one hour arranged)
Natural Resources Bldg., Room 1
Instructor: Dr. Gail Vander Stoep    

Join students from diverse disciplines in learning about the roles of culture/heritage, museums, and other cultural institutions in community planning and development, heritage and eco- tourism, and heritage landscape management. Be challenged to balance issues of positive impacts (e.g., cultural maintenance & celebration, economic development, cross-cultural exchange & understanding) and negative impacts (e.g., undesirable social, cultural & community change) as a result of cultural tourism. Participate in field trips; apply course concepts & practices to real-world projects. 

For more information, contact Dr. Vander Stoep at: 517-432-0266 or
NOTE: Upper level Museum Studies Program students may enroll in this course with an override.   

MSU Museums, Galleries, and Collections: Events, Exhibitions, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities

4) Altered Tour: Detroit Floodwaters and the Work of Gideon Mendel, Broad Art Museum, September 9, 7:00 PM
Gideon Mendel’s striking photographs of flood victims from his current exhibition, Drowning World, were captured in locations from around the world. On August 11, 2014, Detroit, MI resembled one of those locations. Join us as Kimberly Hill Knott, Director of Policy with Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, helps us understand the flood that President Obama declared a major disaster. Find out who the victims were, what’s happening to prevent future disasters, and why some areas are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

5) “Up Cloche” Curator-Led Exhibition Tour, MSU Museum, September 10, 2:30-3:30 PM
Join us for a curator-led exhibition tour of Up Cloche: Fashion, Feminism, Modernity.
Rejecting tradition and embracing more body-conscious styles, the young American “flapper” wore her newly won freedom to vote, earn, and learn on her body: short dresses and clear stockings, bobbed hair, and a head-hugging cloche. The cloche – a bell-shaped hat considered “clever” and “smart” – framed the face with fashionable Art Deco panache. Explore how American women of the 1920s and ’30s used consumer goods to become modern.

6) Talk with Art History Professor Laura E. Smith, MSU Museum, September 12, 7:00-8:00 PM
“Beaded Buckskins and Bad-Girl Bobs: Kiowa Female Modernity, Industry, and Activism in Horace Poolaw’s Portraits” talk by Laura E. Smith, Assistant Professor in Art History & Visual Culture and MSU Museum Adjunct Curator.

7) Artist Talk: Sam Jury, Broad Art Museum, September 13, 7 PM
Join artist Sam Jury as she talks about her latest work and recent installation, To Be Here, on view at the Broad MSU through November 27. This video and sound installation focuses on Sahrawi refugees living in the Boujdour Camp near Tindouf, Algeria. Presented in collaboration with the City of East Lansing and MSU’s One Book, One Community under this year’s theme, Faces of Migration: The Human Experience. The lecture is also planned in conjunction with MSU’s Art, Art History, and Design Guest Lecture Series.

Local: Exhibitions, Internship Opportunities

8) Hot Wheels: Race to Win, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI, September 10
This behind-the-scenes look at the thrilling world of racing investigates the scientific process for designing super-fast cars. Hands-on experiences, authentic race gear, and captivating memorabilia will engage families in the process of experimenting with speed, power, and performance using Hot Wheels cars and track as their tools.

9) Volunteers Needed, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI
Positions Include: Exhibit area Volunteers, First Impression Room Assistants, Chemistry Lab and Demonstration Assistants, Exhibit Shop Aids, & Custodian Volunteers.
Details at:

10) Multiple Internships, The Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame, Lansing, MI 
Opportunities include:  Docents, Clerical, Collections Assistants, and Special Events

State/National/Regional Conferences, Worskhops

11) Northeast Document Conservation Center Webinar “Identification and Care of Negatives”, September 7
Details at:

12) Costume Society of America’s Midwest Regional Symposium & Meeting, In Grand Fashion, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sept 15-17.

13) ABCs of Collections Management, Lowell Area Historical Museum, October 15, 10:00 – 4:00
You’ll spend a day with collections experts, who will present invaluable information about collections policies and collections management; handling and moving artifacts; agents of deterioration; good housekeeping; displaying and sorting collections; and much more.  Have all your questions answered!
Details at:

14) Visitor Experiences Workshop, Tri-Cities Historical Museum, Grand Haven, MI, October 20
The MMA Visitor Experiences workshop is intended to help museum professionals, board members and volunteers look at the entire process of how visitors experience their institution.   Workshop participants will come away with resources and tools to apply to their own institution and improve the experiences of visitors there. 
Details at:

15) Visitor Experiences Workshop, Rochester Hills Museum, Rochester Hills, MI, October 21
The MMA Visitor Experiences workshop is intended to help museum professionals, board members and volunteers look at the entire process of how visitors experience their institution.   Workshop participants will come away with resources and tools to apply to their own institution and improve the experiences of visitors there. 
Details at:

Grants, Fellowships

16) Call for Papers – Deadline September 15
Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland is accepting submissions for an international conference to be held March 13-15, 2017 entitled,“Museums and their Publics at Sites of Conflicted History.” 
Details at:
Deadline: September 15, 2016.

17) MOCAD Curatorial Fellowship
The intended outcome of this fellowship is to develop and deepen curatorial research in Southeastern Region of Michigan among the artists who live and work in the region. The fellowship will result in an exhibition accompanied by a publication, an expansive exhibition, and several public programs that put diversity first and foremost in the discourse. Starts Jan. 1, 2017.
Details at:

18) Multiple Fellowships, The American Geographical Society Library
The American Geographical Society Library in Milwaukee, WI invites applications for its 2017 fellowships.
Details at:

Deadline: November 4, 2016.

Museum Resources

19) MuseumStat and MuseumFinder

MuseumStat is a robust online resource to support museums, communities, and researchers in gaining insights into the reach of museums and the communities they serve. MuseumStat contains information on about 30,000 organizations in the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museum Universe Data File (MUDF). 



20) Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts Internship

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Editor, MSUMSP E-Newsletter: Max Evjen, Exhibitions Technology Specialist, MSU  Museum; Arts and Cultural Management, Department of Theatre, Michigan State University
Editorial Assistant: Nick VanAcker