Museum Studies

MSU Museum Studies Newsletter, November 6th, 2017

November 6, 2017

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter
Museum Studies News, Events, and Resources

1. Michigan Museums Association Annual Meeting Recap:

From Dr. Susan J Bandes

On October 17-19, 2017 hundreds of Michigan museum professionals gathered in Lansing for the annual meeting. Among them were a large number of students and recent graduates, ten of whom were supported by scholarship funding from the College of Arts and Letters. In addition, two MSU students were among the four who spoke in the Student Session on Wednesday morning. After their session, each met with an assigned mentor at the annual lunch.

In “Collecting Marching Band Uniforms as Historical Objects,” Jacob McCormick reflected upon his experience interning with the Michigan State University Museum history collections. His paper addressed the evolution of MSU Spartan Marching Band uniforms and their connection to greater historical events such as MSU’s entry into the Big Ten Conference and the enactment of Title IX. He emphasized the importance of collecting marching band uniforms because they are so often orphaned in museum collections and for their ability to tell such specific stories in a broader historical context. He said that “The MMA conference was a valuable experience because it allowed me to discuss my internship experience with individuals who are leaders and actively involved in museums and cultural institutions throughout the state. Receiving feedback and questions from conference-goers, … was very beneficial. … Having an assigned mentor [Suzanne Fischer, Director of the Michigan History Museum] to discuss graduate school and career prospects was also quite useful. I think all students who are serious about museum-related careers should experience such a conference during their schooling for an introduction to the profound professional community that surrounds the museum field.”

Jasmine Smith, a 2017 graduate who is now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Michigan, spoke about “Interning at a Developing Museum: The Battle Creek Regional History Center,” a very small, fledgling museum devoted to local history. Jasmine said “I definitely think it was worthwhile to attend the conference! This was my first time at a conference specifically for museums, and it was great to see representation from museums all over the state. … My mentor at lunch, Julie Cook, is a collections coordinator at the Historic Ford Estates. I am extremely interested in working with collections in the future, so the opportunity to sit down with someone who is doing what I hope to do one day was awesome. … Overall, my experience at the MMA conference was great! Whether it was touring the Capitol Building, or learning about what other museums are doing, or just the opportunity to meet new people who share my interests.”

MSU Museum Studies faculty and affiliates were well represented at the conference. Max Evjen gave a hands-on workshop titled “No Experience Necessary: How to Bring Change through Strategy Development,” in which he provided helpful hints and tools to consider a digital engagement framework. Mary Worrall and Shirley Wajda’s session on “Curating Craftivism” concerned quilts related to civil and human rights, collecting Women’s March materials, and museum-sanctioned fieldwork. Susan J. Bandes and Ranti Junius were on the program committee and the former chaired the student session and developed a “student track” handout that was available at the conference. In addition the Broad Art Museum and MSU Museum welcomed conference attendees at evening receptions. All in all, the conference was a great success with a lot of local representation and participation.

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

2. MSU Museum – Letters from the Director

Dr. Mark Auslander, director of the MSU Museum is the highlight of a new feature in in MSU Museum’s newsletter called “Letters from the Director”. In his most recent letter, Squint Harder: Collaborative Study In the Museum, Auslander “ruminates on the idea of slow looking.” With the MSU Museum’s events and exhibitions as inspiration, each month Dr. Auslander writes a new letter about various topics of interest in the museum field. Check out Letters from the Director, as well as blog posts from the director in the link here.

3. Informal Learning Network Speaker Series

The schedule for the 2017-18 Informal Learning Network Speakers Series has been announced. MSU’s Informal Learning Network focuses on learning that takes place outside the classroom – typically in museums, cultural centers and other non-classroom settings – and can occur within any discipline. It’s a great way for people to increase the visibility of informal education research, teaching and outreach work across campus. Click here for the schedule.

4. MSU Broad Upcoming Exhibition – Michigan Stories: Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw Opening Reception, Nov 17

Against the backdrop of 1960s counterculture, Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw share a lifelong friendship and common background: an upbringing and education in the state of Michigan. Growing up in the Detroit area and Midland, Michigan respectively, Kelley and Shaw met in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan and moved to Los Angeles in 1976 to pursue graduate school at California Institute of the Arts. Michigan Stories is the first exhibition to place these artists’ practice alongside each other in a historical context, approaching their work as parallel visual meditations on Midwestern subcultures. The exhibition will show several never-before-seen works by both artists that illustrate the important influence of their Michigan upbringing and “education” on their practices. Explore our newest exhibition and enjoy a performance at 7:30pm by Jim Shaw and Cary Loren, original members of the band Destroy All Monsters.

5. MSU Broad – Friday, November 10, 10am Sense of Self: Accessible Art Symposium

Join us for an exploration of sensory perception, identity, and accessibility hosted by Exceptions, an MSU-based literary and art journal that showcases the perspectives of visually impaired and blind individuals. Keynote offered by renowned disabilities scholar Dr. Georginia Kleege. Her collection of personal essays, Sight Unseen, offers an autobiographical account of Kleege’s own blindness alongside a cultural critique of how blindness is represented in literature, film, and language. Visit Exceptions online for a full symposium schedule. Participants are invited to join us at 5pm for the Exceptions: Accessible Art exhibition featuring student-made art and literature to experience with your eyes and hands.

6. MSU Broad – Friday, November 10, 5pm Exceptions: Accessible Art Exhibition

Experience art from a different perspective with this hands-on one-night exhibition featuring student-made art from the Department of Art, Art History, and Design and literature from the Department of English that bridges painting and poetry. Blind and sighted guests alike are invited to experience the artwork with their eyes and their hands. Hosted by Exceptions, an MSU-based literary and art journal that showcases the perspectives of visually impaired and blind individuals. MSU Broad – Friday, November 17, 7pm

7. MSU Broad – Monday, November 20, 6pm: MSU Symphony Orchestra: Pulcinella by Igor Stravinsky

Experience the the awe-inspiring sound of the MSU Symphony Orchestra at the MSU Broad. Stravinsky’s neoclassical ballet premiered in Paris on May 15, 1920 with original set and costume design by Pablo Picasso. Stravinsky wrote of this work, “Pulcinella was my discovery of the past, the epiphany through which the whole of my late work became possible.”

8. MSU Museum – Upcoming exhibition opening November 11 War and Speech: Propaganda, Patriotism and Dissent in the Great War

Opening Reception Saturday, November 11 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

This exhibition explores, through the MSU Museum’s extensive World War I poster and militaria collections, the new ways in which Americans understood civic duty and used civic speech. At the same time, women, African Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants—not all of whom were full participants in the American body politic—were encouraged to enlist in the cause.

9. MSU Museum – New exhibition: Five Photographers from Mali STUDIO/ ATELIER/ FOTOTALAYƆRƆLA

The West African country of Mali has long been home to a creative community of photographers, many based in urban studios. This exhibition explores five exemplary practitioners of the art of photography –Mamadou Cissé, Adama Kouyaté, Abdourahmane Sakaly, Malick Sidibé, and Tijani Sitou—spanning the period from the 1940s to the 1990s. Their works document the region’s transition from colonial French West Africa to the independent nation state of Mali, and feature portraits, landscapes and cityscapes. The exhibition is anchored in the collaborative Malian-US partnership The Archive of Malian Photography, and is curated by Dr. Candace Keller, Associate Professor in the MSU Department of Art, Art History and Design.

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

10. Lansing Art Gallery 2017 Holiday Exhibition, Nov 7th

Support local artists this giving season by shopping from a curated selection of contemporary fine art and modern craft from over 100 Michigan makers! Join us for an opening celebration on November 10, 2017, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Lansing Art Gallery! Meet participating artists, enjoy hors-d’oeuvres, and more! American Fifth Spirits, Lansing’s first distillery, will serving craft cocktails and mock-tails! The Holiday Exhibition will be open November 7 – December 22, 2017.

11. Historical Society of Michigan – lecture on Mid-Michigan Modern: Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie, Nov 8 at 7PM

Lecture will be given by Dr. Susan J Bandes. The event will take place at the Meijer Education Center at the Historical Society of Michigan on November 8th at 7:00PM. There is a fee of $7 for non-members. Registration for the event is available in the link here.

12. Michigan History Center – New exhibition, The River that Changed the World

The Michigan History Center’s new exhibition highlights the story of Trout Unlimited’s founding on the Au Sable, an organization that has become a national champion of fish habitat conservation. “The stories in the exhibition demonstrate the innovative and unprecedented ways private citizens and state government worked together to conserve and protect the river and sustainably manage its fish populations.”

13. Curatorial Dillemas: Representing Africa at UMMA

Thursdays @ 7 p.m., Helmut Stern Auditorium. On the occasion of the exhibition Power Contained: The Art of Authority in West and Central Africa, and the forthcoming reinstallation of UMMA’s Robert and Lilian Montalto Bohlen Gallery of African Art, UMMA presents the lecture series Curatorial Dilemmas: Representing Africa at UMMA. Three leading curators of African art will share their perspectives, experiences and innovations in the display of African art at their respective institutions, contributing to the design and re-imagination of the permanent gallery at UMMA.

14. University of Michigan Museum Studies Program fall lecture series – “Transforming Education: Conversations about the past, present and future of university museums”

In the University’s bicentennial year, this series invites leaders from several U-M museums to engage in conversations with museum leaders from peer institutions. Our speakers will review the history of their institutions, discuss current initiatives and priorities, and explore their visions for the roles and contributions of museums in the university of the future.

State/National/Regional Conferences, Workshops and Other Resources

15. Museum Computer Network (MCN) 2017 Annual Conference: Looking Back, Thinking Forward, Taking Action; November 7-10, Pittsburgh, PA: Register here.

16. Learning by Leading: A New Model for Expanding Museum Impact Nov 28. University of Michigan Museum Studies Program, Ann Arbor MI

Grants, Fellowships

17. IMLS Grant Programs

18. Quick Grants – Michigan Humanities Council

19. MOCAD – Curatorial Fellowship

20. Fort Ticonderoga – Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships


21. Sleeping Bear Dunes Winter Internship – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake shore

22. Advancement and Membership Intern – Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids MI

23. The George Ranch Historical Park Spring Internship – George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond TX

24. Fort Bend Museum 2018 Spring Internship – Fort Bend Museum, Richmond TX

25. Communications and Special Projects Intern – UICA, Grand Rapids MI

26. Development Intern – UICA, Grand Rapids MI

27. Michigan History Center – Accreditation Intern

28. Digital Collections and Digital Humanities PAID Internship — Grosse Pointe Historical Society, Grosse Point Farms, MI

29. Collection and Archives Intern (paid) Apple Wood (Ruth Mott Foundation) Flint, MI

30. Education and Events Intern (paid) Apple Wood (Ruth Mott Foundation) Flint, MI

31. MSU Museum Internships East Lansing, MI

32. Lansing Art Gallery – Intern, Lansing MI


33. Data Collector – Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI

34. Accounts Receivable Specialist – Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI

35. Objects Conservator – Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI

36. Marketing Manager – Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI

37. Exhibitions Director – Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI

38. Senior Director of Development – Cranbrook Educational Community

39. Executive Director – Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center, Newaygo MI

40. Director of Visitor Experiences – Historic Ford Estates

41. Marketing and Development Manager – Krasl Art Center, St Joseph, MI

42. Museum Educator – Flint Children’s Museum, Flint MI

43. Historic Presenter – Historic Charlton Park, Hastings MI

44. Cafe Employee – MOCA Detroit, Detroit MI

45. Visitor Services Associate – MOCA Detroit, Detroit MI

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Editor, MSUMSP E-Newsletter: Max Evjen, Exhibitions Technology Specialist, MSU Museum; Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies, Site Specific Performance, Department of Theatre, Michigan State University

Editorial Assistant: Jacob Roberts
Max Evjen

Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies
Site Specific Performance
Department of Theatre
Michigan State University

Exhibitions Technology Specialist
Michigan State University Museum

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