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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Museums in the Nudes

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 14, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp There is a trend here in Philadelphia that I think you should know about. It’s called “Boy-lesque” and it combines burlesque dancing – an artistically-minded nude show – with boys. You could call it male stripping…but that’s not exactly accurate. It’s more about pushing the audience past their comfort zone than […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Not A Spectacle, But Not a Motivator, Either

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 9, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp About this time last year, I attended a NEMA conference session entitled “Spectacle or Motivator? Violent Content in Exhibitions.” Amy Weisser, Director of Exhibit Development at the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, spent a good deal of time talking about how she managed to look at violent or upsetting content […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Special Edition – Why I Don’t Hate James Durston

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 29, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp You may have read this week that CNN Travel’s senior producer James Durston hates museums. If, like me, you work in a museum, Durston’s opinion piece may have really grilled your cheese. I’ll be the first to admit, I had steam coming out of my ears. But before you sharpen your […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Change is Gonna Come

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 26, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp My family and I saw Lee Daniel’s The Butler last weekend. It sparked a family conversation about change over time. The main question: Can individuals – and then, by association, institutions – change? And what does it really take to implement that change? We all had differing opinions. People can change, […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Exhibit Review – SPY: The Secret World of Espionage

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 5, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I have never had the desire to design exhibits, write labels or work in conservation. When it comes to museums, I am Team Education, Outreach and Interpretation through and through. But I still want exhibits to be well executed. It makes my job easier as an educator if I have good […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: I’ve Got a Bone to Pick

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 22, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I think I might be desensitized to extra disgusting things. I regularly see kids eating things they definitely shouldn’t eat. I’ve seen lots and lots of blood spurting from noses and foreheads and knees after tumbles down stairs. I get sneezed on, and coughed on, and just this week a toddler […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Whose Program is This Anyway?

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 15, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp, You may have heard that the great improv comedy show of the late ‘90’s Whose Line is it Anyway? is making a comeback this summer. As museum professionals, I think it behooves us all to watch it. Why? Because a) everyone needs a good laugh now and again, and b) I’m […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Loosen Up My Buttons, Babe

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 1, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I like to think I came of age in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During my sophomore and junior years of high school, I spent countless hours wandering the halls of the Met on school field trips. I was typically the first off the bus, sprinting into the museum at full […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Meet the Museum! Hollis Bowe, Major Gifts Coordinator at Ford’s Theater, Washington DC

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 24, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp Welcome back to Dispatch’s on-going series Meet The Museum! This week we are talking to Hollis Bowe, Major Gifts Coordinator at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC. Hollis is a passionate advocate for big cats’ rights and a graduate of Tufts University!

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Castles (And Dragons and Mermaids) Made of Sand

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 17, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I’ve been known to complain that Atlantic City is a culture vacuum. People don’t come to Atlantic City to take in Shakespeare, look at fine art or go to wine tastings. They come to go to get tanned, ogle half-naked girls at the beach, and get trashed on over-priced drinks at […]

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