Each year, during the month of May, a group of M.A. Museum Professions students travels to Europe under the guidance of a faculty member. Destinations alternate between Berlin, Paris, and Rome. The purpose of the seminars abroad is to introduce students to the complexities of museology from an international perspective. As they visit diverse museums and other cultural institutions, students enjoy “behind the scenes:” tours and meetings and consider how these institutions are dealing with the many challenges that they face today.
ARMS 6608 – Seminar Abroad: Berlin: Reinventing the Cultural Capital
Professor: Dr. Jürgen Heinrichs
The turbulent history of Berlin has had a lasting impact on the city’s cultural institutions. This graduate seminar examines the fate of Berlin’s museums in light of the traumatic course of twentieth-century German history. Visits to major museums, galleries, and private collections will complement meetings with administrators, educators, and cultural policy makers. An excursion to the Saxon state capital of Dresden, a.k.a. “Florence on the Elbe River,” provides insights into the everyday operations of a leading German collection, its mastering of administrative challenges following the Germany’s reunification, and its admirable response to the devastating floods during the summer of 2002. A visit to Europe’s leading art transport company provides insights into twenty-first-century art handling practices and rounds of our seminar abroad.
ARMS 6604 – Seminar Abroad: History of Museums from Louvre to Pompidou
Professor: Dr. Petra Chu
If any city is associated with museums, it is Paris. It boasts the first major museum—the Louvre, which opened its doors at the end of the eighteenth century, and also one of the latest—the Musée du Quai Branly, built by the well-known architect Jean Nouvel and considered one of the most forward-looking anthropology museums in the world. And then there is everything in between… a museum in a one-time slaughterhouse, an artist’s studio, and a former chapel. This trip aims at exposing students to the city’s wealth of museums and to acquaint them with some of the extraordinary people who work there.
ARMS 6606 – Seminar Abroad: Museums of Rome
Professor: Dr. Charlotte Nichols
As the birthplace of the early modern museum, the city of Rome is an extraordinary setting for the summer seminar. A wide array of institutions will be visited, from the most venerable (the Vatican) to those in formation (MACRO/ Museo d'Arte Contemporanea a Roma). MAMP students will meet privately with staff members at selected museums, who will describe the challenges of creatively showcasing Italy's astonishing cultural heritage. Students will also tour galleries of contemporary art, the studios of artists in residence at the American Academy in Rome, and ICCROM/International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property.