April 20 through September 29, 2019
MMoCA is partnering with the University of Wisconsin on an Art History course called Design Thinking for Exhibitions. Taught by professor Anna Campbell, the class develops an exhibition over the course of the academic spring semester, using MMoCA as a critical training ground for hands-on application. Stemming from a shared interest in utilizing museum spaces for direct learning, this cross-institutional venture seeks to cultivate the next generation of museum professionals by introducing participants to the practical and theoretical matters of curation. The resulting exhibition opens in the museum’s Imprint Gallery on April 20, and will be on view through September 29, 2019.
For this course, classroom-based learning with Professor Campbell employs the strategies of design thinking—a human-centered approach to understanding and solving real world problems. Discussions focus on the politics and ethics associated with exhibitions as social engagement and on the curator’s role in articulating conversations between art objects and the public. Students will engage in extensive dialogue and collaboration with key museum staff on practical concerns such as exhibition timelines, installation logistics and design, and how to compose curatorial texts for the public.
As the nature of this project is based on the University’s academic calendar, information about specific exhibition details—including the selected artist, artworks, related context, and educational programming—will unfold as the semester progresses.
Generous funding for Imprint Gallery programming has been provided by Willy Haeberli in memory of Gabriele Haberland.