Past Events

“Art and Controversy” A Panel Discussion: October 2, 2014

A panel discussion, Art and Controversy, with moderator Dan Bischoff, Art Critic for the Star Ledger, will be presented on October 2 at Seton Hall University. Joining the panel are Emma Wilcox and Evonne Davis of Gallery Aferro, artist Jesse Krimes, and Lydia Matthews, Professor of Visual Culture at Parsons.This panel discussion is to further engage artists and audiences alike to consider all aspects of making and presenting art in a public forum and the conflict that sometimes arise between intent and perception. Seton Hall University is located on South Orange Avenue, South Orange, New Jersey.

Lectures at the Newark Museum: November 18 and 19, 2011

On November 18th and 19th, 2010, two authors lectured on the topic of John Cotton Dana. This event was co-presented by Dana Library of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Newark Public Library, New Jersey Association of Museums, Art Library of Society of New York, and the MA Program in Museum Professions of Seton Hall University.

Thursday, November 18, 2010, Carole Duncan, Professor Erita, Ramapo College of New Jersey, spoke on her bookA Matter of Class: John Cotton Dana, Progressive Reform, and the Newark Museum (Periscope, 2010). “This highly original book tracks Dana’s career from its beginnings in the Denver Public Library to his move back East, where he met stiff opposition to his plans for a ‘museum of service’–his term for the alternative museum he envisioned.”

Friday, November 19 – Ezra Shales, Assistant Professor, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, discussed his book Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts & Civic Identity in the Progressive Era(Rutgers University Press, 2010).“Made in Newark describes a turbulent industrial city at the dawn of the twentieth century and the ways it inspired the library’s outspoken director, John Cotton Dana, to collaborate with industrialists, social workers, educators, and New Women.”

Lecture: “De-silencing the Past: Archives, Museums, and Social Justice”: November 1, 2011

Co-founder and senior historian of the Museum of Chinese in America and founding director of the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Institute and Program at New York University, Dr. John Kuo Wei Tchen is the author and curator of prize-winning books and exhibitions. He will be leading a critical discussion of New York City historical practices in regard to inclusivity and social justice.

Conference: Hide/Seek: Museum Ethics and the Press: April 9, 2011

The Institute of Museum Ethics in partnership with the Institute for Ethical Leadership of Rutgers Business School held a conference on Museums, Ethics, and the Press in Newark, New Jersey on April 9, 2011. The conference explored the recent controversy surrounding the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” examining the various points at which decisions with ethical implications were made, looking at the impact of the media (print and electronic) on the controversy, and discussing if such instances of disagreement can become opportunities for constructive discourse.

Lecture: “Museum Expansion in the Global 21st Century: The Case of Abu Dhabi”: November  18, 2010

On November 18th, Dr. Andrew McClellan discussed the case of Abu Dhabi and the future of museums in the United Arab Emirates.  He presented to a group of students, faculty, and visitors.  He specifically directed his talk towards Saadiyat Island and the cultural complex currently under construction.  Dr. Andrew McClellan is the Dean of Academic Affairs for the Arts and Science and Professor of Art History at Tufts University.  He has written one of the most popular books on the history of museums, The Art Museum from Boullee to Bilbao.

Lecture: Fred Wilson: “The Silent Message of the Museum”: February 3, 2010

The M.A. Program in Museum Professions and Institute of Museum Ethics at Seton Hall University hosted a lecture by conceptual artist Fred Wilson on Wednesday, February 3, 2010. Wilson’s talk, titled “The Silent Message of the Museum,” was free and open to the public.  In his talk at Seton Hall, Wilson discussed how his projects remind the viewer that there are many stories contained within any single object, and not just the one story described in the wall label or museum catalogue. Wilson showed how his interventions expose the one-directional view typical of traditional museum practice—from colonizer to colonized, settler to native, white to black—and remind us that there are many different perspectives and viewpoints other than those contained in traditional museum wall text.

New Directions in Museum Ethics: An International Conference of Graduate Student Research: November 14, 2009

The Institute of Museum Ethics held its 1st Biennial Graduate Student Conference: “New Directions in Museum Ethics” on November 14th, 2009 at Seton Hall University. Moderator: Alexander Bauer; Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, City University of New York, Queens; Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Cultural Property. Student Speakers: Josh Gorman, Ph. D., University of Memphis, Tennessee, Universalism and the New Museology: Impacts on the Ethics of Authority and Ownership; Jennifer Zazo, M.A., Museum Studies, New York University, Descendent Stakeholders: The African Burial Ground National Monument and the Civic Engagement Initiative; Heather Hope Stephens, J.D. candidate, DePaul University College of Law, Walking the Wire: Balancing Moral Rights and the Artist’s Vision after VARA; Léontine Meijer-Van Mensch, Ph. D. candidate, Centre for Sociomuseology Studies, Lusófona University, Lisbon, & Paula Assunçãao dos Santos, Ph. D. candidate, University Viadrina, Frankfurt, New Grounds for Analyzing and Teaching Museum Ethics in the Dutch Context.

Lecture: The Body in the Museum: October 7, 2009

The Institute of Museum Ethics was pleased to present Dr. Janet Berlo, Professor of Art History and Visual Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Her lecture was held at Seton Hall University on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009. She spoke on The Body in the Museum: Ethical Issues and Historical Practices. Her scholarly interests include Native North American Visual Cultures, particularly the Plains Indians, graphic arts since 1850, and women’s representational practices. Dr. Berlo’s lecture explored the provocative subject of bodily presence and the history of the representation of the human body in the museum. Seton Hall University students and faculty as well as the general public attended the lecture free of charge. Janet Berlo’s lecture was been made possible with the generosity of the College of Arts and Sciences President’s Advisory Council and the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Institute of Museum Ethics is affiliated with the M.A. Program in Museum Professions at Seton Hall University.

Defining Museum Ethics: November 15, 2008

The IME’s inaugural conference, Defining Museum Ethics, brought together museum theorists, museum professionals, professionals and ethicists to discuss what we mean by the terms transparency, accountability, and social responsibility.

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