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Hear from Elaine Heumann Gurian, a leading thinker in the museum field, about the critical shift of museums into a post-COVID age.
Gurian's more than 50 years of experience as a museum director, senior advisor, teacher, lecturer, and writer inform her ideas about growth and change in museums around the globe. In this lecture, she calls on the profession to both help visitors experience their shared humanity and to respond to our current social conditions in order to make museums more useful to everyone as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.
A book signing in the Wex store and lobby follows the lecture.Preorder the book from the Wexner Center Store.
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Elaine Heumann Gurian is a consultant/advisor to many museums and visitor centers that are beginning, building, or reinventing themselves. In the past she has worked as a senior consultant to the following projects (a partial list): the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC; the Jewish Museum, Berlin; the Exploratorium, San Francisco; the City of London, UK; the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia; the Museum of the Resistance, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic; the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; the National Discovery Museum, Thailand; the National Museum of New Zealand; the Museum of World Cultures, Gothenburg, Sweden; and the Dubai Municipality Children’s Museum, UAE. In 2006, Routledge published Civilizing the Museum: The Collected Writings of Elaine Heumann Gurian. She is editor for Institutional Trauma: The Effect of Major Change on Museum Staff.
Elaine Heumann Gurian holds a BA in art history from Brandeis University and an M.Ed. in elementary education and art education from State College at Boston. More about the speaker.
Cosponsored by Ohio State's Museum Education and Administration Specialization in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy; the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts; and the Wexner Center for the Arts; and by the Columbus Museum of Art.
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