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Museum Studies Course, Spring ’12

As with the recently posted English courses, below is a Museum Studies course that still has space and is welcoming Draper students. The course is NOT crosslisted.
To register, please email Museum Studies at museum.studies@nyu.edu.


(Class # 1858)

4 points

Instructor – Dr. Haidy Geismar

Wednesday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

240 Greene Street, Room 410

This course takes as its starting point the importance of museums and collecting in the foundational period of the discipline of anthropology and traces the role that ‘cultural objects’ have had in thinking about cultural difference, and within cultural analysis before analyzing what tropes and styles are entailed within cultural representation and the representation of culture. We will also examine the role of museums as sites of fieldwork and as generators of research methodologies focused on material culture. We will investigate the history and nature of the anthropology collections, as well as thinking through the forms of knowledge engendered by artifacts and the kinds of collaborative practices that emerge in contemporary ethnographic museums. Other topics will include global trends in the emergence of new museums of culture, cultures of dealing and collection, the place of anthropological collections in art museums (and vice versa), the diverse relationships between museums and “source” communities, and the multiple contemporary forms of repatriation.

Upcoming Lecture 11/14: The National Museum of the American Indian after 9/11

John Haworth — Monday, November 14, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.
Director, National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center
The National Museum of the American Indian after 9/11:
Lessons Learned in Cultural Representation, Civic Engagement and Reconciliation
Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, Room 301

Co-Sponsored by the Program in Museum Studies, the Native Studies Forum, and the Department of Anthropology

Museum Studies Fall 2011 Speaker Series: http://museumstudies.as.nyu.edu/page/news_events .

Program in Museum Studies
Graduate School of Arts and Science
New York University
240 Greene Street, Suite 400, New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-8080; Fax: 212-995-4185

E-mail: museum.studies@nyu.edu

Web: http://museumstudies.as.nyu.edu

11/17/11: A Symposium of Curatorial Interventions

A Symposium of Curatorial Interventions

Nov 17, 2011 | 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

A Symposium of Curatorial Interventions

Curated by Lissette Olivares

A Symposium of Curatorial Interventions seeks to open a dialogical space where exhibition practitioners can share interdisciplinary approaches and tactics that encourage vitality within the field of museum and curatorial studies. The Oxford English Dictionary defines intervention as “‘stepping in,’ or interfering in any affair, so as to affect its course or issue. Curatorial intervention is not yet an extensively theorized or historicized topic. We might say it engages exhibitionary histories with hopes of transforming the ways displays are produced and the ways audiences relate to them.

For more information on the symposium, please see the website, here:


Check Out the DSNY Oral History Archive, Developed by Robin Nagle and Draper Students

Freshkills, March 2011 (Photo: Robin Nagle)
In spring 2011, Draper and Museum Studies students in Robin Nagle’s “Oral History, Labors of Waste, and the Value of Knowledge” class had the opportunity to launch a new online oral history archive unlike any other currently in existence–one which is dedicated to New York City’s Department of Sanitation and Freshkills Park. The oral history projects begun in this class have been collected into one website: the newly-launched DSNY and Freshkills Park Oral History Archive.

Over the course of the spring semester, students conducted interviews with individuals deeply involved with both the history and future of the DSNY and Freshkills Park. Interviewees featured on the website include current and retired sanitation workers and DSNY employees, spouses of sanitation workers, a former resident of Freshkills (before it was converted to a landfill), the administrator of Freshkills Park, and many others.
In the long term, Robin hopes that “the DSNY Oral History Project will have 100 voices from all corners of Sanitation life. Similarly, the Freshkills Park Oral History Project will have recollections from neighbors, workers and planners whose lives intersected with or continue to shape the Park’s future.” For now, the website marks a vibrant start to a project that will undoubtedly develop and expand in the coming years.
Check out the archive’s website to find out more about the motivation for the project, the narrators who shared their stories and experiences, and listen to full and excerpted interviews.
You can also read a recent article on silive.com about the project: “How Does Your Garbage Disappear from the Curb? Hear from the People Who Make It Happen.”

Interpretations: Exhibition Practice (Columbia Symposium, 4/22)

M.S. in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at GSAPP + Domus present:

A daylong symposium at Columbia University that critically unpacks
the formative processes of recent architectural exhibitions.

Date: Friday 22 April, 2011, 11:00–18:00
Location: Wood Auditorium, Columbia University; New York, NY.
Free entrance

What is the purpose of architectural exhibitions? How are they produced?
It is widely recognized that exhibitions have been a fundamental platform for
the formulation, production, and dissemination of ideas within architecture;
and yet, the processes through which they are created often remain opaque.

Interpretations attempts to unpack specific examples of contemporary
architectural exhibitions, taking certain “reference exhibitions” as common
points of departure for a larger discussion about the complexities of
exhibition practice.

The symposium is structured around three exhibition categories, each
compromising one session: contextual, survey, and themed—using this
format as a tool to maintain a critically flexible, while still defined,
space for discussion.



Opening remarks
Mark Wigley
Interpretations Curatorial Team

Keynote Lecture
Beatriz Colomina

Kurt W. Forster
Commentary by: Joseph Grima and Ute Meta Bauer
Reference Exhibition: Ninth International Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Panel and Q&A moderated by Mark Wigley

Lunch Break

Barry Bergdoll
Commentary by: Keller Easterling and Damon Rich
Reference Exhibition: Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling.
Panel and Q&A moderated by Felicity D. Scott

Mirko Zardini
Commentary by: Sarah Herda and Tobi Maier
Reference Exhibition: Actions: What You Can Do With the City.
Panel and Q&A moderated by Mark Wasiuta

Closing remarks
Felicity D. Scott


Best regards,

Fernando Portal
Director de Diseño
Arquitecto, MArch.

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