Social Action Today
The Relationship of the Academic Museum to Student Activism
June 6, 2017
10 am - 3 pm
Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA
Presented by the College and University PAG
Registration Deadline:  May 30, 2017

What is the role of the university art museum in relation to student action on campus? Is there potential for programming in response to or in dialogue with students’ concerns and activities? What are the ways in which such programming might develop, and how can it be implemented as a collaborative endeavor rather than as a one-sided gesture? 

Curator Kim Conaty will help us consider how we can support students organizing their own activities on campus by encouraging them to engage with the university/college gallery or museum in new ways and, as a likely result, broaden our own perspectives.

We are interested in colleagues sharing their experience and learning from other institutions that have taken on—or decided against pursuing—such projects. Although it would be interesting to hear from any institution that has taken on similar initiatives, we are particularly interested in how these questions play out within university communities.

Registration Fees:  $65 NEMA Members; $95 Non-member; $50 Student



Kim Conaty is Curator of the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University. From 2008 through late 2015, she served as the Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr., Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she organized Abstract Generation: Now in Print (2013) and collaborated on numerous exhibitions, including Marcel Broodthaers: Retrospective (2016), Print/Out (2012), and Contemporary Art from the Collection (2010) among others. Conaty has also held curatorial positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Grey Art Gallery, N.Y.U., and published and lectured on a variety of topics. She was a Clark Summer Fellow in 2014 and a Fulbright Fellow in Germany in 2003, and earned her MA from Williams College and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.