MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter
1. From the Museum Studies Program Director, Susan J. Bandes
While in Paris in June, I was able to attend part of the ICOM (International Council of Museums) annual meeting held at UNESCO’s headquarters from June 7-9. ICOM has over 35,000 members and representatives from over 136 countries, 119 national committees and 30 international committees. Several hundred ICOM members from all over the world were in attendance and the meeting was conducted in English with simultaneous translations in French and Spanish. Since the MSU Museum Studies Program is a member of ICOM and subscribes to its goals, it was especially helpful to hear about the latest museum news and challenges from this broad perspective and to listen to the reports of the numerous international committees that range from membership in the organization itself to professional training. Just as the American Alliance of Museums annual meeting in May focused on diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion, ICOM is also concerned with contested heritages and inclusivity. Additionally, one committee is looking at the general definition of museums to ensure that it reflects our changing field. Another committee is reviewing the Code of Ethics that was last revised in 2004. Among ICOM’s publications and research, I was impressed by The Red List Database established by ICOM to help fight illicit trade in cultural objects, especially in countries facing conflicts or natural disasters. Guides to sixteen countries from Afganistan and China to West Africa, provide information on the types of objects that are apt to be sold illegally in an effort to stem international trade. For information on ICOM, the annual meeting, the Red List Database and other projects, see http://icom.museum/.
2. Michigan History Center – Accreditation Intern, Fall 2017
The Michigan History Center’s museums and historic sites are nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Roughly every decade, accredited museums are required to undergo a rigorous process of reaccreditation; the Michigan History Museum system is up for reaccreditation in 2018. The project intern will assist the Museum Director in preparing for reaccreditation, including reviewing and revising core documents, conducting research on museum history, gathering operational data, coordinating with field site staff across the state, and assisting with project management tasks such as scheduling and logistics. This project will offer a comprehensive view of museum governance and administration and provide the intern with experience looking at museums from a strategic, rather than solely operational, perspective. For credit, unpaid, approximately 9 hours per week. Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Please submit cover letter and resume to Sara Gross, Michigan History Center internship coordinator, at GrossS3@michigan.gov, by September 1.
3. MMA’s Annual Conference Sharing our Stories: The Role of Michigan Museums will be taking place in Lansing this year, October 17 – 19. The conference will take place at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, in downtown Lansing, with tours and receptions offsite. The schedule consists of evening receptions hosted by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the Michigan History Center, and the MSU Museum, as well as tours of local galleries and museums. This is a wonderful showcase for our local museums, and an exciting chance for students to get involved in the conference.
Student scholarships are available for the conference. Applications for one of ten student scholarships to attend the MMA upcoming MMA meeting will be available by mid-August and due September Watch for details on the MMA website and consider applying!
4. Museum Studies courses at MSU have a new course code beginning in Fall 2017. Courses will be listed as “MUSM” (rather than under the old “AL”). Fall courses include: MUSM 485 Foundations of Museum Studies and MUSM 494 Exhibition Theory and Design as well as a new History course, History Harvest, HST 495, cross-listed as MUSM 495. Spring courses are MUSM 488 Curatorial Practices and MUSM 498 Learning in Museums.
5. This Fall, HST 495/MSUM 495 will learn about and connect with the Latinx community in Lansing and Mid-Michigan.Students will learn about the history of Latinx culture, identity, migration, employment, churches, and more through the lived experiences of participants and their historical artifacts. For questions, contact the instructors Prof. Brandon Locke (firstname.lastname@example.org) and curator Shirley Wajda (email@example.com).
The award-winning Great Lakes Folk Festival, produced by the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program, is a celebration of culture, tradition and community. This festival takes place in downtown East Lansing spans 3 days from August 11 to August 13.
Volunteer Registration is up for the Great Lakes Folk Fest. If you would like to volunteer please apply here. There are a wide variety of volunteer positions for this year’s Great Lakes Folk Festival. Volunteers receive a festival t-shirt and an invitation to a volunteer party a few days before the festival. A list of volunteer job descriptions can be found here.
7. The Queer Traditions Summit, East Lansing, MI, August 10-11 2017
We invite you to participate in the inaugural Queer Traditions Summit (QTS), a two day event a two day event, produced in conjunction with the MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival, exploring queer folklife: the everyday culture, aesthetic expressions, and traditional arts of LGBTQIA+ people in Michigan, nationally, and internationally. The QTS will include things like roundtable discussions, paper presentations, participatory workshops, performances, a film screening and a keynote speaker. We’d love to see you there and if you want to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/261973030878867/
8. MSU Museum, New Exhibition : Michigan Bird Conservation Stories: Pigeons Past to Plovers Present. July 27 – June 30, 2018
This exhibition explores Michigan’s bird conservation stories from losses of the past to modern successes including Trumpeter Swans, Sandhill Cranes, and Piping Plovers. See how we learn from past mistakes to ensure the future of many bird species in Michigan.
Michigan State University Union Art Gallery opened Knitting the Resistance: Crafting Political Protest from the 2017 Women’s Marches on the 6 month anniversary of the Women’s March. This special exhibition features pussyhats worn by marchers from across the United States. The gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the MSU Union and open Monday – Thursday 12-5PM, Fridays 12-7PM, and Saturdays 10AM-2PM.
For his first solo museum exhibition, Daniel G. Baird (b. 1984) invites us to contemplate the different mythologies that shape our cultures and everyday lives—past, present, and future. Referencing archaeological practices and display strategies, Baird presents objects that evoke a sense of wonder and timelessness. A thirty-million-year-old fossilized tortoise shell; large-scale casts of a cave wall; digitally designed and 3D-printed hardware: What do all these have in common? Through and around them, narratives new and old are created, and these mythologies attempt to organize and make sense of the world in which we live. Yet, like the allegory of Plato’s cave, Baird’s works of art are also shadows of other things, ideas, and beliefs. They remind us of all we don’t know, or struggle to comprehend. The meanings of these objects are to be continually sought after, questioned, and scrutinized—like metaphors, always in the making. For in the end, what do we know? And how do we know what we know?
Join MSU Broad Assistant Curator Steven L. Bridges for a tour of the inaugural exhibition in the newly anointed Collection Gallery, The Transported Collection, on its closing day. Enjoy some of the cherished artwork from our permanent collection in a whole new light, while learning more about the curatorial decisions behind the exhibition. Following the gallery walk-through, join Bridges for coffee and conversation in the museum’s cafe.
Get a behind the scenes look at building the full size replica of an African Elephant for artist Daniel Firman’s recent work, Loxodonta (2017), currently on view in The Transported Man. Join Hedwig Snoeckx as she walks us through the amazing process of creating these hyper-real reconstructions of some of the largest animals on the planet. Snoeckx is co-director of the Belgian company Zephyr where replicas of hominids and other animals are made to serve educational purposes around the world.
The MSU Broad is proud to be a venue in this year’s Renegade Theatre Festival with a two-night performance of works by Scott Crandall and Tom Helma. Join us at 6:30pm in the courtyard for Helma’s Soapbox Speeches, a series of famous speeches with actors portraying such notables as Sojourner Truth, Golda Meir, and Robert Kennedy. Then inside at 7pm, Crandall’s Visions For The End Of The World takes us through the apocalyptic visions of a shipwrecked prophet. Using poetry, energetic dance, religious ecstasy, sea shanties, a boombox, and a bird, Visions takes its viewers to the point of no return.
Take an unconventional look at our newest exhibition, The Transported Man. Discover how ordinary objects are transformed into works of art through this offbeat, interactive tour. WARNING: This tour may contain strong language and random acts of weirdness. Participant discretion is advised.
Visit the RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery for Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela. The RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m. in the summer and is always free. Noon to 3 p.m. hours resume in September. This exhibit is a collaborative work between the MSU Museum and the RCAH. The exhibition is by African-American quilters, organized by the MSU Museum, and hosted in the RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery.
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The 23rd annual Lansing JazzFest will take place Friday, August 4 and Saturday August 5, 2017 in the streets of Old Town, surrounded by the best of the Capitol City’s art galleries as well as unique retail stores and grand architecture. its stages will offer outstanding talent, from local favorites to regional and national acts, including many appearing for the first time in Lansing. Join the roughly 7000 people from across Michigan and nearby states who come for the music, food and craft vendors, expansive beverage tent, children activities, river boat rides and more!
Coinciding with the Renegade Theatre Festival, Art Feast returns to Old Town to celebrate mobile vendors! Artists from across the state rally on Turner street to bring you a wide variety of handmade goods. When you get hungry from shopping, a mouthwatering stop at the Food Court will fill your belly with mobile meals brought to you by the best local food trucks and carts.
In Between Here and Gone will feature a diverse collection of photographs and sculptures. This exhibition is a chance to view facets of the up‐close natural world that may escape everyday observational notice. Exhibition is generously sponsored by Gary & Nancy McRay. This exhibition will be on view from July 6 – August 31, 2017. The Reception will be held on July 7th at 6:00pm.
State/National/Regional Conferences, Workshops and Other Resources
26. Are We Safe Yet? Identifying and Addressing Risk at Your Museum, August 2nd, Saugatuck-Douglas History Center, Old School House, Saugutuck, MI.
August 15 – 17 US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum, Marquette, MI
35. Museum Computer Network (MCN) 2017 Annual Conference: Looking Back, Thinking Forward, Taking Action; November 7-10, Pittsburgh, PA: Register here.
37. Dialogues on the Experience of War Grant
38. Public Humanities Projects Grant
44. Art Institute of Chicago – Publishing Production Intern, Chicago IL
45. Education and Events Intern, Applewood Ruth Mott Foundation, Flint, MI
46. Collections and Education Intern, Applewood Ruth Mott Foundation, Flint, MI
47. Programming and Communications Intern, Michigan Womens Hall of Fame, Okemos, MI
48. Collections Inventory Intern – Historic Ford Estates, Dearborn MI
49. Collections Conservation Intern – Historic Ford Estates, Dearborn MI
50. Grand Rapids Public Museum Internships, Grand Rapids, MI
51. Michigan History Center – Accreditation Intern, Fall 2017 (See #2. Newsletter.)
52. MSU Museum Internships East Lansing, MI
53. Bahrain National Museum Graduate Collections and Conservation Internship, Materials Due 8/25/17 (see forthcoming pdf to be sent over the listserv shortly)
54. Lansing Art Gallery – Education Director, Lansing MI
55. Lansing Art Gallery – Gallery Associate, Lansing MI.
56. Programs Innovator – Impression 5, Lansing MI
57. Social Media Manager – Field Museum, Chicago, IL
58. Store Manager – MOCA Detroit, Detroit M
60. Volunteer Coordinator – Potter Park Zoo, MI
61. Collections and Furnishing Specialist, Historic Ford Estates, Dearborn MI
62. Archivist, Historic Ford Estates, Dearborn MI
64. Grants Officer, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI
65. Sales Supervisor, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI
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