Events Archive

“More than Just Volunteers: the International Docents that Connect the Museum to the World.” Virtual lunch talk by Phaedra Hui-shih Fang (National Museum of Taiwan)

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

The National Taiwan Museum in Taipei, established in 1908, is the oldest museum in Taiwan, with collections and programming related to the history of Taiwan, as well as anthropology, the earth sciences, zoology and botany. The Museum has developed an innovative program that trains international undergraduate and graduate students to give guided walking tours of the Museum’s collections and its historic buildings. Fang’s presentation gives an overview of this program, the National Taiwan Museum, and the state of the field of museum education in Taiwan today.

“The Museum We Closed is Not the Museum We Reopen” Virtual lunch talk by Scott Stulen (Director and President, Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK).

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Museums are currently facing challenges on multiple fronts, from an ongoing global pandemic, calls to address systematic racism, long-standing labor inequity and looming financial shortfalls. For leadership, it can be a time to hold on to the past or an opportunity for radical change. Scott Stulen will share how the Philbrook Museum of Art is responding to this moment by connecting to the needs of the community, building a more sustainable organization and redefining how we measure success.

“Witness” Virtual lunch talk by Karyn Olivier

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Karyn Olivier creates sculptures, installations, and public art. Her work often intersects and collapses multiple histories and memories with present-day narratives. She will discuss several projects which engage existing monuments and her fabrication of contemporary monuments and memorials.

Lectures

Southern New England Native Baskets and the Narrative of “Disappearance.” Virtual Lunch talk by Denene De Quintal

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Lectures

Virtual lunch talk by Dan Yaeger (NEMA): “COVID and Chaos: How Museums are Navigating the Crisis”

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

With 3,000 members throughout the region, the New England Museum Association has been a hub for keeping museums and museum people connected during the coronavirus crisis. Here’s your chance to speak with NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger about the latest from the front lines of museum leadership, how people are coping, and the short/long-term prospects for museum careers.

Lectures

Virtual Lunch Talk: “Adaptive Practices: Two Curators Redefine Gathering During a Pandemic.”

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Having been closed for 18 months of renovation, Providence Public Library was scheduled to begin its grand reopening on March 30th, with events and activities designed to bring crowds into the Library’s beautiful new public spaces throughout the weeks and months ahead. Instead, the Library didn’t open, and all public gathering for the foreseeable future has ceased.

Lectures

Virtual Lunch Talk by Amelia Grabowski, MA’15: “Crafting the Mini-Exhibit in Your NewsFeed: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Museum Social Media Management”

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

How many times a year do you visit a museum (when there’s not a pandemic)? How many times a day do you check your phone? Museums’ social media accounts offer great ways to reach the audiences where they are and create unique experiences that you can’t offer IRL. But, it’s harder than it looks.

CANCELED: Cancelled: Lunch talk: ” Museums Boost the Soft Power of Cities”

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Lecture Room

(Margaret) Zheng, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Heritage & Museology, Fudan University (Shanghai, China). 

Talk description coming soon.

Exhibitions

CANCELED: “Defiant Spirits” Exhibition Closing Reception during Gallery Night Providence

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Gallery

Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito’s Sinaloa is an exhibition of Fernando Brito’s moving images of life in Sinaloa, a province that has been wrecked by the struggle between one of the most powerful drug cartels in the world and the Mexican government. The award-winning photographer’s work reveals both the raw violence and the resilience of life in Sinaloa under the Cartel de Sinaloa.

The exhibition is on view at the Center for Public Humanities Gallery February 6 - April 16.

The closing reception will be held in conjunction with Gallery Night Providence.

Virtual Lunch Talk by Margaret Middleton - “Considering Visitor Experience from a Design Perspective”

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities

How can we create exhibit experiences that prioritize visitors’ comfort, enjoyment, and safety? We will look at case studies, identify challenges to serving visitors of various ages and abilities, and discuss strategies for meeting their unique needs.

CANCELED: Entangled Legacies: Artist Panel

Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and Native American and Indigenous Studies

Unity and collective empowerment can transform previously separated histories to reimagine an empowering future. In the process of colonizing what we now know as the United States, the indigenous peoples of the Americas faced murder and displacement at the hands of European migrants. Indigenous peoples from Africa were enslaved and displaced by those same hands. “Entangled Legacies” is a prompt that invites four artists to re-think, re-interpret or further meditate on their personal histories with these considerations in mind.

CANCELED: Panel Discussion with Fernando Brito and Didier Aubert

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Lecture Room

Panel discussion featuring Fernando Brito and the exhibition curator Didier Aubert, Director of American Studies at Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris in conversation with Barbara Mundy, Professor of Art history at Fordham University and Denise Mathews-Reidpath, Co-Executive Director of Girls Roc! RI, who is from Sinaloa.

Lectures

CANCELED: Lunch Talk: “Art, Public Space and Closing Societies”

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Lecture Room

Yukiko Yamagata, Curatorial and Deputy Director, Open Society Foundations (New York, NY).

Talk description coming soon.

EXHIBITION: Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito’s Sinaloa

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Gallery

EXHIBITION: Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito’s Sinaloa

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Gallery

EXHIBITION: Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito’s Sinaloa

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Gallery

EXHIBITION: Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito’s Sinaloa

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Gallery

EXHIBITION: Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito’s Sinaloa

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Gallery

EXHIBITION: Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito’s Sinaloa

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Gallery

EXHIBITION: Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito’s Sinaloa

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Gallery

Pages