2020 Obermann Humanities Symposium

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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, University of Southern California; and Michelle Kuo, Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art.

Visiting roundtable scholars include Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Associate Curator of Native American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art; LaTanya S. Autry, Gund Curatorial Fellow, moCa Cleveland; 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 (UI School of Art & 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. 

Cost: Free and open to all

Contact: joyce-tsai@uiowa.edu

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in a program, please contact the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art in advance at 335-1727.