Session: Connecting Institutional Histories with Contemporary Audiences

The institutional history of most colleges and universities is often represented by collections reflective of and defined by the practices of dominant communities. How can campus museums respond responsibly and develop creative strategies that do not necessarily entail the removal of artworks or risk vandalism? Campus collections can serve as a tool to educate, refocus on individual accomplishments and promote cross-cultural understandings. This panel will discuss creative strategies for interpreting challenging histories at Brown, Yale, Union College, and the University of Kansas. 

Julie Lohnes, Director and Curator of Art Collections and Exhibitions at Union College

Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, Educator, Academic Outreach, Yale Center for British Art

Celka Straughn, Deputy Director for Public Practice, Curatorial and Research, Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas

Nicole Wholean, University Curator, Brown University