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Reinventing Museum Careers

Museum workers tend to have a high sense of ethics, strong workplace values, and genuine pride in their organizations, relative to many other professions. But in recent times, the field has …

Taking Account

It’s natural that people tend to “take account” of their lives as they get older. They become interested in reviewing where they and their ancestors have been, and pay increased attention …

The battle to rebuild centuries of science after an epic inferno

Nearly a year after flames consumed Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, researchers are struggling to revive their work and resume their lives. Nearly a year after flames consumed …

Revisiting Volunteers and Museum Labor

I’m working on an essay about museum volunteers and diversity, exploring how this issue intertwines with efforts to diversify our staff, boards, and audiences. What are the barriers …

TrendsWatch 2019: Take Care: Building resilience and sustainable practice

This is one of the five trends from the 2019 TrendsWatch. Click here to read more about the full report.  “Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” —Eleanor Brownn …

Museums as a Pink Collar Profession

This week, my colleagues at GEMM (the Gender Equity in Museums Movement) published their second white paper, Museums as a Pink Collar Profession. GEMM’s paper poses some complex questions …

The Power of a Paid Internship: Creating pathways to careers in museums

In 2015, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation issued a report on diversity in art museums that reinforced what is obvious to anyone working in or affiliated with the industry: non-Hispanic white …

A critically acclaimed National Gallery show must come down, so workers are moving the art without pay

January 14 The Rachel Whiteread sculpture show at the National Gallery of Art ended its four-month run this weekend, but because of the partial government shutdown, no one had been able to …

Are Fabricators the Most Important People in the Art World?

As contemporary artists become increasingly less present in their own work, the people who make their pieces remain unsung heroes. THE IMAGE OF the artist feverishly working alone as first …

What It Means for ICA Philadelphia to Become the First WAGE-Certified Museum—and Why Other Institutions Should Care

Thanks to the ongoing wildfire of news about deaccessioning and museum admission policies, the art world has spent the opening months of 2018 engaged in a lively debate about how and where …

What’s the Best Path to a Top Museum Job? We Analyzed the Training of 100 Curators to Find Out

These days, it feels like you can't swing a canvas tote without hitting a newly credentialed curator. As art institutions expand and biennials proliferate, the population of curators has …

Museopunks Episode 25: The Next Chapter

As former Museopunk Jeffrey Inscho leaves the museum world, we take a moment reflect on the factors that influence a decision to leave or join the museum profession. We also examine what …
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