Museum Studies at Tufts University

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Month: April 2012 (page 1 of 3)

Museums in the News

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles about museums!

At Peabody Museum, youngsters recycle trash into artwork

Chicago Art Museum Opens Giant Screaming Palin Head Garden Exhibit.

Getty Museum’s designated director deals with U.K. museum thefts

A Tricky Museum Question

China Extends Reach Into International Art

Jim Crow Museum aims to provoke thought

Colorado history museum lures visitors with new insights and interactive, fun activities

Can the Jim Crow Racism Museum Help Teach Tolerance?

Natural History Museum’s New Front Yard Opens For Expo

South Africa: Four New Legacy Museums, Centre to Launch This Year

Barnum museum damaged by 2010 tornado reopens partially; full restoration to take 2 more years


Opening Reception at the Tufts Art Gallery

Elements of Expression:  

The Art and Design of Elwyn George Gowen

May 3 – 20, 2012 

Opening Reception May 3, 5:30-8pm

Elements of Expression is curated by Tufts University students from the Museum Studies graduate program and presents the breadth of Gowen’s career, featuring color theory practices, design work, handicrafts, and landscape paintings.

Gowen began his career in early 20th century Boston during a revolutionary reconsideration of western art, craft, and educational practices. His strong command of color and design soon earned him significant appointments in the local arts and crafts community.

Food for Thought: Architecture With a Purpose

Check out this TED talk by Joshua Prince-Ramus. He and his architectural firm have designed a number of cultural spaces through a process he calls hyper-rationality, by listening to the needs of the space and providing the flexibility in which to serve the public. I was particularly struck by his responsiveness to the social aspects of these culture centers – one of which is a museum – and by the way in which architecture was not the star of the show, but in service to the greater mission.

Museums in the News

Welcome to our weekly roundup of weird and wonderful news articles about museums!

I don’t entirely know what to make of this bit of news out of Sweden: Museum Accused Of Hosting Racist Cake-Cutting Evacuated After Bomb Threat (Read the whole article, and you will be making the same face I’m making right now, probably.)

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands At New Museum Home

Naples museum director burns art to protest at lack of funding

New Michigan museum showcases racist artifacts 

The Rant: Everyone wants, and gets, a museum

Bizarre Gun Accident at Met Museum

NYC photo exhibit captures Warhol as young artist

Weekly Jobs Listings

Quite a few new ones this week, and I have even more that I’ll start putting up for next week, so make sure to keep an eye on our job announcements page.

  • One Day Inventory at the Andover Historical Society What’s in our Barn? The Andover Historical Society is conducting a Barn Inventory on Saturday, April 21, 2012 9:00 am – noon Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch 1:00pm – 4:00 pm We will be inventorying everything in our barn: tools, spinning whee…
  • Research Association [Randi Korn & Associates] Research Associate Randi Korn & Associates, Alexandria, VA *Position Opening: Research Associate******* *****Randi Korn & Associates, Inc.* *Alexandria Office* Randi Korn & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in evalua…
  • Director of Education [The National Aviary] Director of Education, The National Aviary – Pittsburgh, PA Posted: 3/28/12 Director of Education, The National Aviary: The National Aviary is the nation’s only nonprofit, free-standing indoor facility wholly dedicated to avian exhibition …
  • Museum Educator/Tour Coordinator [Forbes House Museum] Museum Educator/ Tour Coordinator Forbes House Museum, Milton, MA The Forbes House Museum, Milton, MA, seeks a part-time Museum Educator/ Tour Coordinator for its fast growing museum guide and group tour programs. Responsibilities include designing …
  • Collections Techs [Smithsonian Institution] Apply here. Job Title:Museum Technician (Natural Science) Agency:Smithsonian Institution Job Announcement Number:12R-CR-297579-DEU-NMNH SALARY RANGE: $34,075.00 to $44,293.00 / Per Year OPEN PERIOD: Monday, Ap…
  • Curator of Education [Branigan Cultural Center] Curator of Education Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces, NM Curator of Education**** *Branigan Cultural Center* City of Las Cruces, NM**** * * Develops educational programs and exhibits for the Branigan Cultural Center, and coordinates mar…
  • Education and Public Engagement Coordinator [Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust]Education and Public Engagement Coordinator – Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Education and Public Engagement Coordinator Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust The EPEC will work with the Education Director to prepare, implement and supervise e…
  • Director of Education [Frick Art & Historical Center] Director of Education: Frick Art & Historical Center – Pittsburgh, PA About Frick Art & Historical Center <javascript:CompanyWebsite(‘’)> The Frick Art & Historical Center is located on beautifully land…
  • Curatorial Assistant [Harvard Mineralogical Museum] Auto req ID    26289BR Business Title    Curatorial Assistant II School/Unit    Faculty of Arts and Sciences Sub-Unit    ———— Location    USA – MA – Cambridge Job Function    Museum Time Status    Full-time Schedule  …


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