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Resist: A Controversial Display And Reflections On The Academic Library’S Role In Promoting Discourse And Engagement, Stephanie Beene, Cindy Pierard 2018 University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Resist: A Controversial Display And Reflections On The Academic Library’S Role In Promoting Discourse And Engagement, Stephanie Beene, Cindy Pierard

Urban Library Journal

Libraries engage communities in a variety of ways, including through exhibitions and displays. However, librarians may not always know how to promote critical discourse if controversy arises surrounding exhibits or displays. This article reflects on one academic library’s experience hosting a controversial display during a divisive political time for the library’s parent institution, its broader urban community, and the United States as a whole. The authors contextualize the display, created by a local art collective, against the backdrop of creative activism, and consider implications for library displays and exhibits within similar environments. Rather than retreating from controversy, libraries ...


Campanian Ooassemblages Within The Western Interior Basin: Eggshell From The Upper Cretaceous Kaiparowits Formation Of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Ut, Sara Elizabeth Oser 2018 University of Colorado at Boulder

Campanian Ooassemblages Within The Western Interior Basin: Eggshell From The Upper Cretaceous Kaiparowits Formation Of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Ut, Sara Elizabeth Oser

Museum and Field Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Western North America preserves a spectacular record of Late Cretaceous environments and biotas along the eastern Laramidian shore of the Western Interior Seaway. The Kaiparowits Formation of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM), Utah preserves a diverse assemblage of archosaur eggshell, complementing the high skeletal biodiversity of the formation. Along with the Kaiparowits, several paracontemporaneous Laramidian formations collectively form the Western Interior Basin (WIB) system, including: the Dinosaur Park Formation of Alberta; the Two Medicine Formation of Montana; and the Fruitland Formation of New Mexico. These formations provide a unique, 2 Ma-long window on Campanian ecosystems across different paleoenvironments and depositional ...


Stability For A Small Historic House Museum: Drafting A Collection Management Policy For The Trinidad Museum, Alexandra Mackay Cox 2018 Humboldt State University

Stability For A Small Historic House Museum: Drafting A Collection Management Policy For The Trinidad Museum, Alexandra Mackay Cox

Theses and projects

A museum exists and is defined primarily by its collection. It is therefore important for a museum to manage its collection effectively while preserving it for long-term use. The size and scope of the museum's collection will determine the complexity of its policy. As such, all museums, including small ones, need a well-defined Collection Management Policy (CMP). This policy outlines what and how to collect, defines the development and use of the collection as well as procedures for the care of the collection, the loaning of items and removing of items from the museum's collection. The Trinidad Museum ...


Does That Look Gay? Framing Queer Identity In Extended Sensibilities: Homosexual Presence In Contemporary Art, Sarah Peskin 2018 Bard College

Does That Look Gay? Framing Queer Identity In Extended Sensibilities: Homosexual Presence In Contemporary Art, Sarah Peskin

Senior Projects Spring 2018

This Senior Project questions the usefulness of identity, specifically queer identity, as an organizing principle for an art exhibition. I explore this topic in relation to the curatorial method for the exhibition at the New Museum in New York in 1982, entitled Extended Sensibilities: Homosexual Presence in Contemporary Art. I argue that identity was a useful category for Extended Sensibilities by analyzing the art as Camp. By doing so, I hope to prove that the curator, Dan Cameron, chose a collection of art that opposed an essentialist perspective of queer identity. Furthermore, I compare Extended Sensibilities to a more contemporary ...


Analysis Of A Mammalian Fauna From The Fort Union Formation, Great Divide And Washakie Basins, Wyoming, Nicole Marie Neu-Yagle 2018 University of Colorado at Boulder

Analysis Of A Mammalian Fauna From The Fort Union Formation, Great Divide And Washakie Basins, Wyoming, Nicole Marie Neu-Yagle

Museum and Field Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Early and middle Paleocene mammalian faunas are documented throughout the North American Western Interior. Faunas near, or spanning, the Torrejonian-Tiffanian transition have been reported by others from Wyoming’s Hanna, Carbon, and Bighorn basins and are important for assessing this transition period which has many overlapping mammalian occurrences. Reported here is a later Torrejonian (To2 or To3) mammalian fauna from the upper China Butte Member of the Fort Union Formation in Wyoming’s Great Divide and Washakie Basins (GDB & WB). The GDB & WB assemblage is comprised of isolated mammal teeth, collected primarily from anthill localities, and is a representation of ...


21st Century Chinese Art Market Boom, Ayca Deniz Ergin 2018 University of Pennsylvania

21st Century Chinese Art Market Boom, Ayca Deniz Ergin

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

This research paper provides a detailed analysis of how China has become the fastest growing art market around the world. How did the economic development in China led the country to the top in recent years, in contrast to its Western competitors? What is China’s role in the global art market scene? What changes have been made, in a socialist system, to accommodate foreign investors and what future changes should be made to sustain its growth?

Through focusing on the correlation between economic growth and art market expansions, this research develops the relationship through referencing various quantitative and qualitative ...


The Effects Of Common Methods Of Soft Tissue Removal On Skeletal Remains: A Comparative Analysis, Emily Silverman 2018 University of Montana

The Effects Of Common Methods Of Soft Tissue Removal On Skeletal Remains: A Comparative Analysis, Emily Silverman

Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers

The removal of soft tissue from skeletal remains is a process familiar to a wide array of scientific fields and the methods used to perform it are likewise numerous yet inconsistent. In forensic investigations and crime labs across the country, there lacks a standardization for this process. This lack of standardization pairs with a distinct lack of literature on the potential benefits and risks associated with each method as well as basic information on the proper amount of additives, temperatures, or time estimations. In a forensic context, human remains may be the only evidence available, which makes any damage or ...


Space, Place And Story: Museum Geographies And Narratives Of The American West, Samuel Albert Smith 2018 University of Colorado at Boulder

Space, Place And Story: Museum Geographies And Narratives Of The American West, Samuel Albert Smith

Geography Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation examines how the complex geography and contested history of the American West are presented through stories told in the region’s history museums. I examine how iconic regional-scale place images are juxtaposed with more critical perspectives on dissonant historical episodes in museum exhibits, and how the spaces of museum exhibits and galleries represent places, structure narratives, and suggest new thematic and geographical connections interpreting the region. Using a series of case studies of museums in Colorado and adjacent states, I develop new methods to analyze museum exhibits as “three-dimensional narratives,” in which spatial arrangements of objects, texts, and ...


Remembering Violent Pasts In Argentina And Chile: An Exploration Of Diverging Memorial Landscapes, Zara Ferro 2018 Bard College

Remembering Violent Pasts In Argentina And Chile: An Exploration Of Diverging Memorial Landscapes, Zara Ferro

Senior Projects Spring 2018

What can explain Argentina and Chile’s post-dictatorial divergence in modes of memorializing violent pasts, considering they underwent similar brutal dictatorships and essentially simultaneous transitions to democracy? While in Argentina, public memorials convey a sense of retribution toward the old regime; in Chile, these memorials emphasize reconciliation and a desire to move on from past violence. Looking beyond differences in their democratic transitions and the state of their economies pre- and post-dictatorship, this project identifies activism of human rights organizations as the primary variable for understanding different textures in the politics of memorializing in Argentina and Chile. In Argentina, the ...


Diversity And Inclusion In Art Museum Board Of Governance: Does The Boardroom Reflect The Community?, Margaret Farrell 2018 Sotheby's Institute of Art

Diversity And Inclusion In Art Museum Board Of Governance: Does The Boardroom Reflect The Community?, Margaret Farrell

MA Theses

The objective of this thesis is to examine the diversity and inclusivity of the art museum board of governance to see if the community accurately represents in the boardroom. This study finds a severe resistance to change along with the many obstacles corporate and nonprofit sectors face when incorporating diversity and inclusion in the boardroom. Based on population shifts affecting the cultural landscape of the workforce, this thesis focuses on the crucial need for art museums to strategize and implement diversity and inclusion in their board of directors. This study outlines comprehensive strategies from corporate and nonprofit sectors which are ...


Protest Of Controversial Art In New York City Museums In 2017-2018: Reactions, Responses, And Legal/Ethical Obligations Of Museums In The Age Of #Metoo, #Blacklivesmatter, And Activism On The Internet., Isabel Telonis 2018 Sotheby's Institute of Art

Protest Of Controversial Art In New York City Museums In 2017-2018: Reactions, Responses, And Legal/Ethical Obligations Of Museums In The Age Of #Metoo, #Blacklivesmatter, And Activism On The Internet., Isabel Telonis

MA Theses

Over the last two years, museums in New York City have experienced a rise in protest and backlash against the display of works of art, particularly those that are perceived as offensive, controversial, and relevant to current sociopolitical issues.

This thesis explores three case studies of controversy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, all of which faced protest and public criticism over particular works of art and responded in a unique way to their respective scandal. This study is comprised of an introduction, four chapters, and a conclusion ...


Fighting Against Indigenous Stereotypes And Invisibility: Gregg Deal's Use Of Humor And Irony, Emily Mullen 2018 University of Colorado at Boulder

Fighting Against Indigenous Stereotypes And Invisibility: Gregg Deal's Use Of Humor And Irony, Emily Mullen

Art History Theses & Dissertations

Stereotypes of Indigenous peoples, formed according to Western notions of cultural hierarchy, as savage, exotic, and only existing in a distant past, are still prevalent in the popular imaginary. These stem from misunderstandings and misrepresentations of Indigenous peoples that developed after contact between Indigenous peoples and European settler communities, and exist in concepts such as the noble savage, the wild heathen, or the vanishing Indian. In this thesis I argue that contemporary artist Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute) successfully challenges and disrupts such stereotypes by re-channeling their power and reappropriating them through his strategic use of humor and irony in ...


Care And Preservation Of Cultural Heritage: Bridging The Fields Of Conservation And Collections Management, Veronica Rose Rascona 2018 University of Colorado at Boulder

Care And Preservation Of Cultural Heritage: Bridging The Fields Of Conservation And Collections Management, Veronica Rose Rascona

Museum and Field Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis outlines the history of the professionalization of the care of cultural heritage (i.e. art, anthropological, archaeological and ethnographic objects) by focusing on the fields of conservation and collections management. It examines differences and overlaps between the scopes and training for these two professions, the effects of changing art practices on traditional notions and methods of preservation, and avenues for connecting collections managers with conservators and conservation resources. Interviews conducted with working professionals in these fields uncover perspectives on collections care, training and resource needs for collections managers working in institutions without conservation staff, perspectives of conservation professionals ...


January 2018; Buffalo-Niagara Lgbtq History Project Minutes, Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project 2018 State University of New York College at Buffalo - Buffalo State College

January 2018; Buffalo-Niagara Lgbtq History Project Minutes, Buffalo-Niagara Lgbtq History Project

Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project Minutes

The Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project is a collective network of peers documenting LGBTQ history in the Buffalo-Niagara Region. This page maintains archival copies of all meeting minutes and is a part of the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archives of WNY, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State.


Ua1c6/8 Exhibit Photos, WKU Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Ua1c6/8 Exhibit Photos, Wku Archives

WKU Archives Collection Inventories

Images of exhibits at Western Kentucky University.


Critical Peace Pedagogies At The American Center For Civil And Human Rights And The Canadian Museum For Human Rights: A Comparative Case Study, Ion Vlad 2018 University of San Francisco

Critical Peace Pedagogies At The American Center For Civil And Human Rights And The Canadian Museum For Human Rights: A Comparative Case Study, Ion Vlad

Doctoral Dissertations

The struggle for racial equity in the United States and Canada is ongoing. Troubled historical legacies in both countries have present-day implications. African Americans and Indigenous Canadians are still two of the most marginalized populations from the standpoint of socioeconomics and political representation (Giroux, 2013; Vickers, 2012). In order to redress these problems, human rights and peace education have to pose structural questions and expose systemic unbalances. In the recent past, neoliberalism has had a major influence on the organization and content of American and Canadian formal education, obscuring some of these structural questions (Ravitch, 2013). In this context, human ...


A Preliminary Study Of Smithport Plain Bottle Morphology In The Southern Caddo Area, Robert Z. Selden Jr. 2018 Center for Regional Heritage Research, Stephen F. Austin State University

A Preliminary Study Of Smithport Plain Bottle Morphology In The Southern Caddo Area, Robert Z. Selden Jr.

CRHR: Archaeology

This study expands upon a previous analysis of the Clarence H. Webb collection, which resulted in the identification of two discrete shapes used in the manufacture of the base and body of Smithport Plain bottles. The sample includes the Smithport Plain bottles from the Webb collection, and four new bottles: two previously repatriated specimens in the Pohler Collection, and two from the Mitchell site (41BW4) to test whether those specimens align morphologically with the Belcher Mound or Smithport Landing specimens. Results indicate significant allometry and a significant difference in Smithport Plain body and base shapes for bottles produced at the ...


Looking Through The Trees: An Anthropologist, A Museum, And The Sasquatch, Carissa Kepner 2018 University of Denver

Looking Through The Trees: An Anthropologist, A Museum, And The Sasquatch, Carissa Kepner

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The Sasquatch is incredibly popular in American society. This project explores the impact of the Sasquatch phenomenon on those that live in and visit Bailey, Colorado. It focuses on how the Sasquatch Outpost museum contributes to this impact, especially through outdoor activities, visiting the museum, visiting the Outpost general store, and the sharing of sighting stories. This work takes an in-depth look at the concept of the amateur museum, or micromuseum, and how it can contribute to the larger museum world, particularly through the ideas of Outsider Art and serious leisure. By evaluating the processes, exhibits, and procedures of the ...


Snapshots Of Confinement: Memory And Materiality Of Japanese Americans' World War Ii-Era Photo Albums, Whitney J. Peterson 2018 University of Denver

Snapshots Of Confinement: Memory And Materiality Of Japanese Americans' World War Ii-Era Photo Albums, Whitney J. Peterson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The US government's incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II denied over 120,000 people basic rights and civil liberties. Limits on owning cameras inflicted unique hardship as people were unable to photographically document their lives as they had before the war. My research focuses on photographs that people managed to take and acquire in the camps, investigating the role of snapshot photography in remembering and understanding World War II experiences of incarceration. The photo albums I researched are housed in museum collections at two former sites of confinement: Manzanar National Historic Site in the Eastern Sierra of ...


The Effects Of Common Methods Of Soft Tissue Removal On Skeletal Remains: A Comparative Analysis, Emily Silverman 2018 University of Montana

The Effects Of Common Methods Of Soft Tissue Removal On Skeletal Remains: A Comparative Analysis, Emily Silverman

Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers

The removal of soft tissue from skeletal remains is a process familiar to a wide array of scientific fields and the methods used to perform it are likewise numerous yet inconsistent. In forensic investigations and crime labs across the country, there lacks a standardization for this process. This lack of standardization pairs with a distinct lack of literature on the potential benefits and risks associated with each method as well as basic information on the proper amount of additives, temperatures, or time estimations. In a forensic context, human remains may be the only evidence available, which makes any damage or ...


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