Jessica Hunter-Larsen, curator of CC’s IDEA Space, has an article in the recently published “A Handbook for Academic Museums: Exhibitions and Education.” The book is a collection of essays written about, by, and for the community of academic museums.
The essay by Hunter-Larsen, a 1990 CC graduate, is titled “The Curatorial Classroom: Creating Opportunities for Engaged Learning in the Academic Museum,” and highlights two recent collaborative projects between the CC’s Interdisciplinary Arts Program and faculty members Jane Murphy, assistant professor of history, and Rebecca Tucker, professor of art history. The article provides an overview of CC's unique program and examines the ways in which two recent projects: Nigar Nazar: Freedom and Authority in Pakistan and the Middle East (2009); and Strange Beauty: Baroque Sensibilities in Contemporary Art (2011) offered concrete models for creating engaged learning opportunities by positioning exhibitions as natural extensions of the classroom.
The 750-page book, published by MuseumsEtc, notes that academic museums share a unique mandate, as they are partners in education. The book brings together in one place as much good, current thinking as possible about the opportunities and issues unique to academic museums.