What Can Museums Become? —2020 Obermann Humanities Symposium

This event is part of the Humanities Symposium Program: What Can Museums Become? — 2020 Obermann Humanities Symposium.
Thursday, March 5, 2020 (All day) to Saturday, March 7, 2020 (All day)
the word "museum" in neon yellow lights

Museums have never been mere containers for objects, nor should they be. How might we draw strength from existing institutions to enable vibrant futures? How can we expand the communities who feel a sense of belonging within and around museums? What must we confront and transform to make this possible? Join the artists, curators, historians, educators, and thinkers who are asking, "What Can Museums Become?"

Keynote speakers include Johanna Burton, Director of the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University; Amelia Jones, Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean of Research, Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California; and Michelle Kuo, Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art.

Visiting roundtable scholars include LaTanya S. Autry, Curator of Art and Civil Rights, Mississippi Museum of Art; Juliet Bellow, Associate Professor of Art History, American University; Lane Czaplinski, Director of Performing Arts, Wexner Center, The Ohio State University; Anaïs Duplan, Program Manager at Recess and founder of Center for Afrofuturist Studies; and Lisa Yun Lee, Director, National Public Housing Museum; Associate Professor of Public Culture and Museum Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago.

View the complete schedule, speaker bios, and related courses and events: uimuseumsymposium.com

This symposium is co-directed by Jennifer Buckley (English, CLAS) and Joyce Tsai (School of Art and Art History; UI Stanley Museum of Art). It is hosted by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, with support from the UI Stanley Museum of Art and the Department of English.