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August 12, Laurel Bradley Curricular Connections: A Message for College and University Presidents, Coleman addressed not only art museums but natural history, anthropology, and other museums. This slim volume was written at a moment when most campus museum operations were rather humble affairs—effectively departmental resource centers.
Between and campus art museums increased dramatically in number. From the late s through the s, new waves of professional standards transformed practices not only in civic museums but also in college and university museums. Campus art museums solved several problems by embracing community audiences.
Most notably, community programming helped fund these institutions-within-institutions. New community-based funding solutions to museum budgeting triggered a realignment of mission. Except for those compelled inside by the occasional studio art or art-history assignment, students seldom cross the thresholds of many campus museums.
There are signs that the art museum is being redefined within the university as an active site for teaching and learning for students and faculty not only in the disciplines of studio art and art history but all across the curriculum. Indeed, museums are shifting resources, reconfiguring staff, and opening collections to demonstrate direct alignment between museum programs and the core mission of their parent institutions.
Two conferences provided platforms for sharing ideas and inspired attendees to evaluate both new and time-honored methods energizing the field. SinceSkidmore College has boldly used the term for the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Center to characterize a new type of museum program, one that now exemplifies the curriculum-focused, interdisciplinary campus art museum.
By contrast with the earlier departmental model, the teaching museum aims to connect not only to art history courses but also to multiple and various disciplines extending from the arts and humanities into the sciences and beyond. Large infusions of money, specifically dedicated to forging connections between campus museums and their parent institutions, stimulated fruitful experiments that now serve as blueprints for action to others in the field.
By returning to first principles, that is, through service to the curriculum and core populations, the campus museum has the potential to become a vital site for educating twenty-first-century learners. But as the following examples demonstrate, success requires flexibility and resources.
And flexibility is often difficult to achieve in the hierarchical higher education universe in which academic departments and administrative units function in isolation with very little coordination. Resources of time and money are chronically scarce and getting scarcer.
Sites for Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Learning and Collaboration. Raftery, a printmaker at the Rhode Island School of Design, stepped out of his faculty role to serve in the campus museum as a faculty fellow.
Susan Barnes, Professor of Anthropology and former associate dean at Skidmore College, participated as faculty co-curator in one of the early collaborative exhibition projects at the Tang Teaching Museum.
He benefited from one-day-a-week service in the print room, enriching his own knowledge of prints and works on paper through direct contact, invigorating his teaching by observing colleagues engaging the collection in their own courses and deepening his understanding of museums and museum practices through hands-on experience.
The faculty fellow functioned as a hinge between two complementary but administratively separate units of the same institution. What better way to enhance the utility of a museum collection in an art school than to bring a faculty member and artist in to observe, design programs, and collaborate with museum staff?
Raftery deems the program a success, but admits to some doubts as to whether it will continue. To date, Raftery is the faculty fellows program. To institutionalize the program, two separate units of RISD—the school and the museum—need to think beyond business-as-usual. The dean will waive classroom teaching obligations and give credit for harder-to-quantify contact hours, as the faculty member performs roles in the museum ranging from lowly assistant to research fellow and object-based learning specialist.
The museum director and department heads must alter work routines and empower a non-curator to handle collection objects. While it seems simple enough to place a faculty fellow in the print room, where objects tend to be small and handled with relative ease, what of other curatorial departments holding large, fragile, or unwieldy objects where access requires staff time that might otherwise be allocated to exhibitions and collection care?
Bender and Barnes, after acknowledging the trend toward integrating college museum exhibition programs with the educational mission of their institutions, interrogate the notions at the heart of this enterprise.
Where are the fault lines in the collaborative model that brings faculty into the museum as partners with curators to create exhibitions that have curricular value and research potential?
One lies in the relationship between museum staff and professors. One of the most basic tensions results from the different working schedules and calendars of the college and the museum. Exhibition projects require a two- to three-year planning curve while student academic life, and that of the faculty, is parsed out in ten- to fifteen-week term increments.
The brave new world of the teaching museum requires more than the mantra of interdisciplinarity, curricular connection, and partnership.
Through a Henry R.
Luce Foundation grant, and considerable start-up support from Skidmore, the Tang had the resources to entice faculty into the new museum. From toselect faculty twenty-one total from across disciplines became museum literate through a seminar led by artist Fred Wilson, the Luce Distinguished Visiting Fellow for the Program in Object, Exhibition and Knowledge.Essays Related to The Value Of Art.
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