Decolonizing Curatorial & Museum Studies & Public Humanities Project's Colloquium: Practice and Pedagogies

Start: Thursday, October 28, 202112:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

End: Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

This is a virtual event

Decolonizing Curatoria and Museum Studies and Public Humanities Project's Colloquium: Practice and Pedagogies, October 28, 2021 from 12pm-5:30pm EDT Virtual Colloquium

Rutgers University-Newark Department of Arts, Culture and Media and Paul Robeson Galleries in collaboration with the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience and the American Studies Program present the Decolonizing Curatorial and Museum Studies and Public Humanities Project’s Colloquium: Practice and Pedagogies that is supported by Terra Foundation for American Art and will take place on October 28, 2021 from Noon-5:30 p.m. EDT on Zoom. The virtual colloquium will kick off the project with a series of four panels and presentations.

The global reckoning with postcolonial legacies that are embedded into our systems of museums and curatorial, presentation, and teaching practices has been slowly pushing forward this past century, gaining momentum and hitting walls along the way. However, we are currently at a pivotal moment in which important structural changes are not only being thought through, but are happening and change is on the table. Those invited to this historical gathering are involved with this movement in the interdisciplinary fields of Curatorial, Museum, and Public Humanities both locally, nationally, and internationally. How can we take their example and build onto it, incorporating and sharing ideas so that we can move forward from a point that is not just changing our ways of doing, but more radically shifts the ways in which we even think of beginning in terms of our research and practice and our responsibilities to others and selves.

The colloquium will touch upon practice and pedagogies in terms of collections building and reparations; narrative-making, presentation and representation; site, land, and self-determination; including but not only art history, visual cultures, history, design, and the framings of care and repair and access as we build our work in our fields as well as courses and programs. This program will kick-off the Decolonizing Curatorial and Museum Studies and Public Humanities Project, building with colleagues regionally and internationally to interrogate current and possible pedagogies and practices at our arts, cultural and educational institutions and implement change.

For a more detailed program and participant bios visit the DCMSPHP website

Decolonizing Curatorial and Museum Studies and Public Humanities Project
Colloquium: Practice and Pedagogies
October 28, 2021

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12:00 p.m. EDT

Welcome and Remarks Chief Vincent Mann, Turtle Clan of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation
Introduction Alexandra Chang, Associate Professor of Practice, Art History Program, Department of Arts, Culture & Media / Interim Associate Director, Clement A. Price Institute / Associate Director, American Studies Program, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ, US

12:15 p.m. EDT

Panel 1 — Rethinking Collections and the Museum
Fanny Wonu Veys, Curator Oceania, National Museum of World Cultures (an umbrella organization comprising the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam; the Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden; the Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal; and the Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam), the Netherlands
Tricia Bloom, Curator of American Art, The Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ, US
Donna Gustafson, Interim Director and Curator/Mellon Director for Academic Programs, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, US
Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe, Vice President for Global Artistic Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum, Asia Society, New York, NY, US
Alex Seggerman, Assistant Professor, Art History Program, Department of Arts, Culture & Media, Rutgers University-Newark, Newark, NJ, US
Moderator: John Tain, Head of Research, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong

1:15 p.m. EDT

Panel 2 — Care, Curation, and Community
Alice Ming Wai Jim
, Professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories, Concordia University, Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Liisa-Rávná Finbog, Sámi archaeologist and museologist from Oslo/Vaapste/Skánit and Post-doc on Indigenous methodologies and aesthetic practices, Tampere University, Finland
Biung Ismahasan, Taiwanese Indigenous Bunun Nation curator, artist and researcher, Taipei, Taiwan
Adriel Luis, Curator of Digital and Emerging Practice, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, US
Discussant: Annie Jael Kwan, University of the Arts, London, KASK School of Arts, and Royal College of Art
Moderator: Alexandra Chang, Associate Professor of Practice, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ, US

2:15 p.m. EDT

Artist Presentation
kate hers-RHEE (이미래/李未來), Independent Artist, Berlin and Sacramento
On her project Books and Things: The Studiolo of kate-hers RHEE

2:30 p.m. EDT

Panel 3 — Curatorial Practices
Sandrine Colard
, Assistant Professor of Art History, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ US
Andil Gosine, Professor of Environmental Arts and Justice, York University and Guest Curator, Art Museum of the Americas, Ford Foundation Gallery
Léuli Eshrāghi, Curatorial Researcher in Residence, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia / Curator, TarraWarra Biennial 2023, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Australia
Jonas Tinius, ERC Minor Universality, Saarland University / CARMAH, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Discussant: Paul Goodwin, independent curator, lecturer and urban theorist / Director, Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts, Chelsea, London, England
Moderator: Kate Doyle, Assistant Professor of Music, Department of Arts, Culture & Media, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ, US

3:30 p.m. EDT

Panel 4 — Public Humanities and Redress
Jack Tchen, Inaugural Clement A. Price Professor of Public History and Humanities and Director of the Price Institute at Rutgers-Newark, NJ, US
Lauren O’Brien, PhD Candidate, Rutgers American Studies Program, NJ, US
Chantal Fischzang, Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, Graphic Design Program, Arts, Culture & Media Department / Co-Director, Visual Means at Express Newark / Co-Director, Design Consortium at Express Newark, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ, US
Amir Sheikh, Curatorial Associate, Burke Museum, University of Washington / Spatial Research Manager, Public History Project
Mark Krasovic, Associate Professor of History and American Studies, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ US
Moderated by: Liz Ševčenko — Director, Humanities Action Lab, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ, US

4:30 p.m. EDT

Paul Robeson Galleries with Anonda Bell, Director & Chief Curator, Paul Robeson Galleries, Express Newark, Rutgers University - Newark, NJ

4:40 p.m. EDT

Concluding Remarks and Group Thoughts

5:00 p.m. EDT

Online Optional Discussion time on Zoom — Thematic Breakout Rooms

5:30 p.m. EDT

End of event


Advisors to the colloquium Kate Doyle, Mary Rizzo, and Liz Ševčenko.

Special thanks to 2021 GAX Virtual Working Session on Decolonizing Pedagogies participants and presenters and Sharon Corwin, Carrie Haslett, Amy Gunderson, Tessa Mazor, Ned Drew, Paul Sternberger, Lacey Kohutich, Kasia Proszowski, Reuel Melbin, Jack Tchen, Claudia Sepulveda, Crystal Robinson, Kyle Riismandel, Sonia Espinet, Abigail Allen, Irene O'Brien, Christopher Zraly, Alon Hawkins, Nicole Wesen, and RUiTV.