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Introduction to Art Museum Studies

ArtHist 703 – Introduction to Art Museum Studies I

This course introduces students to the history, theory, and cultural practices of the art museum. Exploring a museum’s location, surrounding environment and architecture, its patrons and visitors, as well as its development, marketing, publicity, education, and outreach programs, the course prepares students to critically analyze exhibitions in relation to recent practices of acquiring, commissioning, collecting, displaying, and installing works of art. The Fall semester is intended as the first part of a year-long series that will prepare students to mount a group exhibition, utilizing images and objects from the gallery collection.

ArtHist 704 – Introduction to Art Museum Studies II

Building on the historical and theoretical foundations considered in Art History 703, this course is designed to introduce students to the practical challenges faced by art museum professionals in the creation and installation of an exhibition. Working as a team, the class will conceive and produce an exhibition for the UWM Art History Gallery. At the end of the course, students will have gained fundamental experience curating an Art Museum exhibition, as well as a familiarity with the roles of non-curatorial museum staff (i.e. Development, Marketing, Registration, Conservation, Exhibition Design, and Education) in the production of an exhibition.

These courses are taught biennially.

Museum Studies Exhibitions