History of Art and Architecture

Turning Points: Museum Practice Now

The University Art Gallery (UAG) and the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh are proud to present the inaugural edition of Turning Points: Museum Practice Now, an online conversation series about urgent issues in museum practice today. Pairing recognized leaders in museum practice, one from outside the Pittsburgh region and one from within, the series aims to catalyze important questions about diversity and equity in museums.The series will be of interest to museum professionals and students interested in art history, studio arts, museum and library studies, social justice, and education. All are welcome! 

An Inclusive Practice for Cultural Heritage | Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 4pm EST

Featuring Sanchita Balachandran, Conservator and Associate Director, the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, and Founder/Director, Untold Stories in conversation with Dominique Luster, MLIS, Teenie Harris Archivist, Carnegie Museum of Art, this conversation will touch on challenges of collecting and preserving records and stories of the past while championing inclusive practices.

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Transforming Collections, Connecting to Communities | Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 4pm EST

Featuring Gamynne Guillotte, Chief Education Officer, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and Dana Bishop-Root, Director of Education and Public Programs, Carnegie Museum of Art, this conversation will touch on innovative practices at civic museums to engage local audiences and communities.

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Curatorship and the Winds of Change | Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 4pm EST

Featuring Ryan N. Dennis, Chief Curator and Artistic Director at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Center for Art and Public Exchange, in conversation with Kilolo Luckett, Executive Director + Chief Curator of ALMA|LEWIS, this conversation will center on strategies visual arts curators can employ to engage audiences in art exhibitions and permanent collection displays.

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This series was made possible through generous funding by the Fine Foundation, in recognition of the launch of the new Museum Studies major.

For questions about Turning Points, please email uag@pitt.edu.