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posted by September 16, 2020

Historically the shrunken head exhibit has been a major visitor attraction at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford © Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford/Photograph: Hugh Warwick, via The Art Newspaper

Oxford Museum Removes ‘Racist’ Shrunken Heads from Display After 80 Years

Exhibiting Tsantsas “reinforced racist and stereotypical thinking that goes against the museum’s core values,” says the Pitt Rivers Museum’s director. (The Art Newspaper)

Where Does a Work of Art Belong?

“To whom does a significant work of art belong? To humanity at large? To the culture that created it? To its current owner?” (Hyperallergic)

Burning Out

Professors say faculty burnout is always a real threat, but especially now, and that institutions should act before it’s too late. (Inside Higher Ed)

Yale University Decides Not to Accept New Graduate Students to the Art History Department in 2021

The school has announced it will hold off on bringing new students into the program until 2022, in order “to adequately support its students during the COVID-19 pandemic.” (artnet News)

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posted by September 09, 2020

The British Museum recently reopened after a five-month closure due to coronavirus. Photo: Tom Jamieson for The New York Times

The British Museum Reopens to a World That Has Changed

A look at the museum’s attempts to alter several exhibitions to clarify its links to slavery and colonialism. (New York Times)

What to Know About College Reopening in a Pandemic

A discussion and reading list focused on how the decisions are being made to reopen higher ed. (WBUR)

Responding to Widespread Demands, Museums Are Acquiring More Works by Artists of Color. But How They Do So Matters More Than Ever

“The controversy that erupted last week over the Whitney Museum’s planned—and quickly cancelled—exhibition of works, many by Black artists, that the museum acquired through a fundraiser in June has shined a spotlight on a simmering issue.” (artnet News)

What Should a Museum Look Like in 2020?

Artists, curators, and administrators imagine templates for change. (Vanity Fair)

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posted by August 26, 2020

Black Lives Matter, Philly Real Justice, and thousands of Philadelphians rallied on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. Photo: Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images, via artnet News

The George Floyd Protests Spurred Museums to Promise Change. Here’s What They’ve Actually Done So Far

A look at the changes museums are putting into practice. (artnet News)

Higher Ed’s Moment of Truth

Throughout the summer, faculty members and students have raised concerns about various aspects of colleges’ reopening plans, with many of the concerns centered on the safety of returning to campus and about the adequacy of testing. (Inside Higher Ed)

Museums Have a Docent Problem

Inside the struggle to train a mostly white, unpaid tour guide corps to talk about race. (Slate)

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posted by August 12, 2020

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Photo: Hakim Bishara for Hyperallergic

Metropolitan Museum Will Now Pay All Interns

A $5 million gift from philanthropist Adrienne Arsht will be used to pay future interns at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Hyperallergic)

Where Should Art History Go in the Future? As Survey Courses Change, the Past Evolves

“[W]e instead have to take on a project that is less comfortable: constantly studying our own ignorance.” Dushko Petrovich offers his view on the future of art history. (ARTnews)

Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Art Historical Resources

As part of their initiative to uplift scholarship on Afro-Latin American art history, the Association for Latin American Art has put together a bibliography of resources for research and teaching. (via Ananda Cohen-Aponte on Twitter)

What Is a Museum? A Dispute Erupts Over a New Definition

“It is easy to characterize this as a huge furor over the notion of museum definitions. But that is erroneous. What it really reflects are fundamental, transformational earth-moving changes that are taking place in museums.” – Rick West, president of the Autry National Center of the American West (New York Times)

UNC Tenured Faculty Tell Students to Stay Home Amid COVID Concerns: ‘It Is Not Safe for You to Come to Campus’

The signees encouraged everyone who could safely and financially remain at home in the fall to do so, adding that they would be choosing to teach all of their classes online. (Newsweek)

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posted by July 29, 2020

A nearly empty Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 8, 2020. Photo: Tony Luong/NYT

US Rescinds Plan to Strip Visas From International Students in Online Classes

Since our last newsletter, the Trump administration said it would no longer require foreign students to attend in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic in order to remain in the country. (New York Times)

Pushed to Address Systemic Racism, Museums Face a Reckoning

The past month has been a period of reckoning for museums and art institutions across the United States and beyond. (Artsy)

The Job Market for Young Academics Was Already Bleak—Then the Pandemic Hit. Here’s How Art-History Grad Students Are Coping With the Fallout

Some universities are finding creative ways to aid students during this period of unprecedented hardship. (artnet News)

A Call to Action: Supporting Women Faculty in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond

Already, there are signals that the current conditions will have a differential impact on women in academe. (Medium)

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posted by July 01, 2020

The Tsai Performance Center on the campus of Boston University, Boston. Photo: Steven Senne/AP, via WGBH

Upheaval Over Race Reaches Met Museum After Curator’s Instagram Post

A post by a longtime department chairman prompted a letter from staff on the museum’s “culture of systemic racism.” (New York Times)

College Leaders Must Explain Why—Not Just How—to Return to Campus

“I haven’t read a single announcement or plan that anchors an institution’s decisionmaking in shared community interests.” (Ed Surge)

What It Means to Be a Social Justice Curator

“Museums and institutions should be for the people; the question museums need to think about is how we can approach new viewers and welcome them into our spaces as active and equal audience members.” (Art in America)

Boston University Gives PhD Students A Choice: Come Back To Campus Or Lose Your Health Insurance And Salary

Doctoral students could be forced to take a leave of absence and lose their health insurance if they do not return to campus in the fall. (WGBH)

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posted by June 10, 2020

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, via ARTnews.

Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center Becomes First Major US Museum to Stop Contracting Police for Events

The museum announced last week that it will stop working with the Minneapolis Police Department until it “implements meaningful change.” (ARTnews)

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus

A free syllabus of stories to help contextualize, teach, and understand institutionalized racism. (JSTOR Daily)

How Will We Remember the Pandemic? Museums Are Already Deciding

“When everything is an artifact, what is truly historically important—and just whose Covid stories are being told in these archives, and whose are not?” (New York Times)

Mapping Our Social Change Roles in Times of Crisis

A helpful map and reflection guide for individuals or teams to reflect, assess, and plan for the future. (Deepa Iyer on Twitter)

After an Egyptologist Tweeted Instructions on How to Knock Down an Obelisk, Protesters Tried It Out on a Confederate Monument. It Worked

The next time someone tells you art history doesn’t have much to offer in the way of practical, actionable lessons, send them this link. (artnet News)

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posted by June 03, 2020

A makeshift memorial and mural by local artists to honor George Floyd, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP, via CNN

Why Only Race-Conscious Policies Can Fix Racism in Higher Education

“It isn’t enough to just believe that racial inequality is a problem; what policymakers, advocates, and citizens do about it matters most.” (The Education Trust)

Anti-Racism Resources for White Individuals

A list of resources intended specifically for white people to begin or deepen anti-racism work, including social media accounts to follow, books, films, and podcasts. (via Twitter)

National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal

The museum moved up the release date for their new online portal, which provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, and scholarly articles. (NMAAHC)

‘My Emotions Were So Raw’: The People Creating Art to Remember George Floyd

Artists have been responding with works that seek to memorialize, to provoke, and to heal. (CNN)

Culturally-Specific Museums Created by People of Color in the United States

Bookmark Museum Hue’s directory for reference when you’re putting together syllabi, research, and programs. (Museum Hue)

Education After COVID-19 Cannot Be Reimagined Without A Racial Justice Plan

Without a plan to explicitly address racial justice, any post-COVID-19 plan for reopening schools is inherently flawed. (Forbes)

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posted by May 27, 2020

David Litvin checks the tomatoes growing outside the Guggenheim Museum, where he is one of the few people who show up each day for work. Credit: Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

Victoria and Albert Museum to Collect Signs Created during Lockdown

The open call is part of the V&A’s “Pandemic Objects” initiative that “compiles and reflects on objects that have taken on new meaning and purpose during the coronavirus outbreak.” (Artsy)

The Museum Is Closed, but Its Tomato Man Soldiers On

A portion of the Guggenheim’s temporarily shuttered exhibition, Countryside, The Future, is now producing thousands of cherry tomatoes for donation to City Harvest. (New York Times)

A Miniature Gallery Mounts Tiny Artworks, With Big Results

Artist Eben Haines built the maquette and artists submit works to scale, which are photographed with surprisingly realistic results. (Hyperallergic)

The Venice Biennale Will Be Pushed Back a Year, to 2022, as the Coronavirus Knocks the Art Calendar Permanently Off Its Axis

The next edition of the Venice Biennale will now coincide with documenta. (artnet News)

The Case Against Reopening

“The notion that we must choose between saving lives and keeping our institutions open depends on a false dichotomy. Pandemics are a basket of problems, not an either/or scenario.” (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

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posted by May 20, 2020

The managing horticulturist at the Met Cloisters, Marc Montefusco. Photo courtesy of Marc Montefusco, via artnet News

The Daily Call That 200 Arts Groups Hope Will Help Them Survive

“The calls have really been a lifeline. It’s been this remarkable, consistent day-to-day way to touch base with one another.” (New York Times)

Two Dozen Mayors From Across the US Are Urging Congress to Send Urgently Needed Funding for the Arts in Its Next Relief Package

Mayors from 22 cities sent a formal request to Congress last week. (artnet News)

How Coronavirus Is Impacting The Art World

“Creativity is the core of adaptability—our ability to acclimate to the new realities we face.” Listen to an interview with art historian, critic, and former CAA board member Jonathan Fineberg. (WBUR)

‘We’re Holding Down the Fort’: How Guards, Groundskeepers, and Collections Managers Across the US Are Doing Their Jobs in Shuttered Museums

Although institutions remain mostly closed to the public, there is still a lot of work to do on site. (artnet News)

Women’s Research Plummets during Lockdown, but Articles from Men Increase

“In April Dr. Elizabeth Hannon, deputy editor of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, noticed that the number of article submissions she was receiving from women had dropped dramatically. Not so from men.” (The Guardian)

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