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posted by January 22, 2020

Museum Tour Toolkit: Developing an Inclusive Tour

A free resource from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, this toolkit for developing an inclusive museum tour was compiled through discussions with more than 150 docents and guides over a two-year period. (MIA)

History Shows What’s Wrong With the Idea That War Is ‘Normal’ in the Middle East

“This trope is frequently turned to by those who would have the world believe that war in the Middle East is somehow innate and inevitable.” (Time)

Germany Opens an Official ‘Help Desk’ for Those Seeking to Reclaim Nazi-Looted Art, Simplifying a Long-Opaque Process

The office in Berlin, led by art historian Susanne Meyer-Abich, aims to guide people around the bureaucratic hurdles for claiming back their cultural assets. (artnet News)

Philadelphia Mayor: Museum Should ‘Strengthen’ Sexual Harassment Policy

The mayor’s remarks come after former Philadelphia Museum of Art employee Joshua Helmer was forced to resign from his Erie Art Museum post. (New York Times)

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posted by January 15, 2020

Mario Moore, Several Lifetimes, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Most Paintings on Princeton’s Campus Are of Dead White Men. But One Artist Is Adding Equally Grand Portraits of Its Cooks and Cleaners

Created during a year-long fellowship, artist Mario Moore’s portrait series honors service workers on the Princeton University campus. (artnet News)

Free Your Mind: A Speculative Review of #NewMoMA

“The museum has given over the ground floor to a new childcare facility, available to all its staff. The higher floors of the extension will provide affordable housing for low-income workers in the arts…” From Claire Bishop and Nikki Columbus, a speculative review of the “new MoMA.” (Paper Monument)

Museum Director Forced Out Amid Harassment Complaints

Joshua Helmer was removed at the Erie Art Museum after a recent New York Times article about complaints during his tenure at the museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (New York Times)

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posted by January 08, 2020

The archaelogical site and ruins of gates and columns of the Persian Achaemenid dynasty ancient capital city of Persepolis. Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images, via artnet News

President Trump’s Threat to Bomb Iranian Cultural Sites ‘Must Be Condemned,’ Say Outraged Museum Directors, Politicians, and Scholars

Cultural figures and scholars around the world have condemned Trump’s statements. (artnet News)

Update: The Pentagon Has Rejected Trump’s Threat to Bomb Iran’s Heritage Sites. Here’s What May Have Been Saved (artnet News)

Reimagining Museum Design, With Education at the Forefront

“Education departments have generally been the most imaginative, responsive, and inclusive arms of museums. So, why are they not given the highest consideration in new museum building planning?” (Hyperallergic)

Ten Rules for (Possibly) Succeeding in Academia through Upward Kindness

A satirical article on tips for “upward toxicity” in academia was Times Higher Education’s most-read article of 2019. In response—and in the spirit of the new year—here are ten rules for success through upward kindness. (THE)

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posted by December 25, 2019

The overhead entrance to the previously uncharted chamber in Indonesia, which houses cave art that dates back at least 43,900 years. Credit: Ratno Sardi for The New York Times

Mythical Beings May Be Earliest Imaginative Cave Art by Humans

The paintings found in central Indonesia—which are at least 43,900 years old—may shift an understanding of when and where humans started depicting imaginary figures. (New York Times)

How to Make Museums More Accessible for Disabled People? Ask Them

“New experiences, exhibitions, and programs need to be done with and not for disabled people. It’s not rocket science, but it does require organizational commitment.” (The Art Newspaper)

Meet the Chief Diversity Officer Overhauling the Phillips Collection

In one of the first roles of its kind at an American museum, Makeba Clay is the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. (Artsy)

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posted by December 18, 2019

On August 20, 2018, police stand guard after the Confederate statue known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photo: Gerry Broome/AP, via The Atlantic

A University’s Betrayal of Historical Truth

To settle a lawsuit over toppled Confederate monument Silent Sam, the University of North Carolina agreed to pay the Sons of Confederate Veterans $2.5 million—a sum that rivals the endowment of its history department. (Vanity Fair)

Rebecca Salter Appointed First Female President of London’s Royal Academy of Arts

The painter and printmaker will be the Royal Academy of Arts’ first female president in its 251-year history. (Artforum)

Students in Indian Capital Protest ‘Anti-Muslim’ Citizenship Law

Last week, thousands of students gathered at Jamia Millia Islamia university in New Delhi to protest. (Al Jazeera)

How a Denial of Tenure at Harvard Became a National Controversy

The tenure denial of professor Lorgia García Peña at Harvard has sparked a national conversation on the lack of legitimacy given to ethnic studies. (Vox)

Related: My mentor was denied tenure. Why should I stay in academia? (Boston Globe)

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posted by December 11, 2019

Credit: Torbakhopper/Wikimedia Commons, via Education Dive

At Women’s Colleges, Rules Vary Widely for Trans and Nonbinary Students

Admissions criteria can vary widely from institution to institution and is not always publicly posted, leaving students floundering for answers. (Education Dive)

How to Feel like You Have Enough: Overcoming a Scarcity Mindset 

“Time, money, status, security, respect. You name it, we’ve felt scarce around it. As artists, we are constantly having to advocate for our value—at work, in galleries, within academia, and in society at large.” (The Creative Independent)

Harvard’s Only Latina Professor on the Tenure Track Was Rejected & Students Are Protesting

Students held a sit-in to protest the tenure denial of professor Lorgia García Peña and called for the creation of an ethnic studies department. (Remezcla)

Black Scholars Are Not ‘Rare Creatures’

“When Purdue’s president said this, I had to respond because this myth is so pervasive.” (New York Times)

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posted by December 04, 2019

Archives of American Art Publishes Finding Aid for Linda Nochlin Papers

The Smithsonian has just released an online finding aid for over 30 linear feet of the late art historian’s archival material. (Archives of American Art)

A Viral List of Hundreds of Opportunities for Artists, Compiled by One Person to Encourage Community

Everest Pipkin has made public their “Big Artist Opportunities List”—a collection of over 400 opportunities for artists across the globe. (Hyperallergic)

George Soros’s Foundation Is Launching a $15 Million Initiative to Repatriate Cultural Objects to African Nations

The Open Society’s initiative will support African lawyers, scholars, archivists, and grassroots organizations campaigning for the return of artifacts taken during the colonial era. (artnet News)

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posted by November 27, 2019

A still from Mondo Museum, courtesy of Kitfox Games/artnet News.

Think You’d Make a Great Museum Director? A New Sims-Like Video Game Lets You to Build, Staff, and Run Your Very Own Museum

Mondo Museum aims to “like Sim City or Roller Coaster Tycoon—but for people who want to run the Met.” (artnet News)

The Role of the Artist in the Age of Trump

“What artists can do is bring stories to the table that are unshakably true—the sort of stories that, once you’ve heard them, won’t let you return to what you thought before.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda (The Atlantic)

Seven Ways to Be An Ally to Native Peoples This Thanksgiving

Helpful resources for students and educators alike to celebrate the holiday with a decolonizing lens. (Teen Vogue)

Racist Incidents at Syracuse University Spun Into a Crisis. The Way Its Leaders Communicated Didn’t Help

A string of racist and anti-Semitic incidents on Syracuse University’s campus has prompted student protests, boycotts, and sit-ins. (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

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posted by November 20, 2019

Flooding in Venice caused the mayor of the city to declare a state of emergency. Photo: Stefano Mazzola/Awakening/Getty Images, via Artsy

Venice’s Worst Floods in 50 Years Force Biennale to Close

The mayor has declared a state of emergency and said that the extreme flooding is due to climate change. (Artsy)

Interactive: Gendered Language in Teaching Evaluations

Developed by Ben Schmidt, clinical associate professor of history and director of digital humanities at New York University, this chart explores the words used to describe male and female teachers on Rate My Professors. (via Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Why Libraries Have a Public Spirit That Most Museums Lack

“A true public space is constantly negotiating knowledge or the lack of it, rather than presenting a position of expertise.” (Hyperallergic)

Baltimore Museum of Art Will Only Acquire Works from Women Next Year: ‘You Have to Do Something Radical’

Museum director Christopher Bedford announced last week that every artwork the BMA obtains for its permanent collection next year—whether through a purchase or donation—will have been created by a woman. (The Baltimore Sun)

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posted by November 13, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Art Museum of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2018. Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP/Shutterstock, via ARTnews

Lin-Manuel Miranda Teams Up with Google for Major Art Digitization Project in Puerto Rico

The collaboration was formed after Miranda’s recent visit to the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan, which currently lacks a permanent space for exhibitions. (ARTnews)

What’s Next for Nonprofit Museums after the Closing of the Marciano Art Foundation?

The museum abruptly closed last week after laying off dozens of employees attempting to unionize, and now faces a charge from the National Labor Relations Board. (Los Angeles Times)

Here’s How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive

Incorporate these practical steps into your teaching to minimize inequities and help more students succeed. (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

MoMA’s Revisionism Is Piecemeal and Problem-Filled: Feminist Art Historian Maura Reilly on the Museum’s Rehang

“Does Ringgold need to be linked with Picasso to validate her genius?” (ARTnews)
 
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