Fowler at Fifty Conversations on the Contemporary: University Museums as Laboratories of Innovation
As part of the Fowler at Fifty anniversary year, the Museum presents the first of three discussions that address special topics in museum practices. This conversation examines new directions and approaches being taken by university museums in the 21st century, drawing on four dynamic case studies. University museums are uniquely positioned to explore and test exciting new models of interdisciplinary research and collaboration, experimental strategies of interpretation and display, and creative solutions for enhancing campus and community engagement. Fowler Museum Director Marla C. Berns is joined by fellow directors Kathleen Harleman (Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Anthony Shelton (Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia), and John Weber (Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UC Santa Cruz) for a fascinating look at institutions that are pushing the boundaries and reimagining the future of university museums.