Location = Magic

The Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group (CMEG) Fall 2019 Meeting There is a dynamic relationship between the design of a museum space and the content presented in it. When an exhibit’s space changes, the presentation of the content has to adapt to fit its new environment. At the fall 2019 Chicago Museum Exhibitor’s Group Meeting, we... Continue Reading →

What’s a Museum?

On September 9, 2019, The International Council of Museums (ICOM) will vote on whether to adopt a new definition of “museum.” With 40,000 professionals in over 141 countries, ICOM is well positioned to foster a new international consensus on the definition of a museum.

Networking as Community Building

This article was originally published on the National Emerging Museum Professionals blog. As soon as I graduated from my master’s program, I started avidly networking in order to find a job in the museum sector. However, as the months wore on and a year passed by, I felt extremely frustrated that my efforts had not... Continue Reading →

Pop-up Museums

Review of the most recent Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group Meeting From the wndr instagrammable experience to the Art Institute’s pop up bar, Dear Carmencita, institutions of all shapes and sizes have been popping up in new forms and locations. Left to right: Tanner Woodford, Kendall Bruns, Kevin Grady The most recent Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group... Continue Reading →

Developing the Field Museum’s SUE Exhibit

An Interview with Exhibit Developer Meredith Whitfield The Field Museum’s T. Rex SUE is a fossil and Twitter personality who has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of museumgoers. In December, the Field opened a new exhibit for SUE, which received rave reviews.  To get the inside scoop on this incredible exhibit and to... Continue Reading →

Making Museums Welcoming, Inclusive, Accessible

Have you ever overheard a museum professional make a statement like, “while I know it's important to make sure wheelchair users can get around, the wide aisles really interrupt the flow of the space.” However well-intentioned, statements like these miss the power and importance of making museums welcoming, inclusive, and accessible. At the most recent... Continue Reading →

Why I Love the new Exhibit on Charles White

Charles White: A Retrospective is a long overdue examination of the legacy of Charles White, a famous twentieth-century African American painter and teacher. Curated by Sarah Kelly Oehler of the The Art Institute of Chicago and Esther Adler of MoMA, the critically acclaimed exhibit has many strengths. However, the aspect of the exhibit that I found... Continue Reading →

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