Elena Gonzales and Danny M. Cohen: Exhibitions for Social Justice, A Conversation

Elena Gonzales, PhD, is an independent scholar focusing on curatorial work for social justice and museums’ roles in society today. She is the author of Exhibitions for Social Justice from Routledge’s Museum Meanings Series. In this program co-sponsored by the nonprofit group Unsilence, Ms. Gonzales will be discussing how galleries, museums, and other arts programmers can help make our society more hospitable, equitable, and sustainable. Joining her will be Unsilence founder Danny M. Cohen PhD, distinguished professor of instruction at Northwestern University. Ms. Gonzales, the daughter of Book Stall friend and author Laurence Gonzales, is co-chair of the exhibitions committee at the Evanston Art Center and co-editor of Museums and Civic Discourse: History, Current Practice, and Future Prospects, a digital public humanities project. 

About the Book:

Exhibitions for Social Justice assesses the state of curatorial work for social justice in the Americas and Europe today. Analyzing best practices and new curatorial work to support all those working on exhibitions, Gonzales expounds curatorial practices that lie at the nexus of contemporary museology and neurology. From sharing authority, to inspiring action and building solidarity, the book demonstrates how curators can make the most of visitors' physical and mental experience of exhibitions.

Drawing on ethnographic and archival work at over twenty institutions with nearly eighty museum professionals, as well as scholarship in the public humanities, visual culture, cultural studies, memory studies, and brain science, this project steps back from the detailed institutional histories of how exhibitions come to be. Instead, it builds a set of curatorial practices by examining the work behind the finished product in the gallery.

Demonstrating that museums have the power to help our society become more hospitable, equitable, and sustainable, Exhibitions for Social Justice will be of interest to scholars and students of museum and heritage studies, gallery studies, arts and heritage management, and politics. It will also be valuable reading for museum professionals and anyone else working with exhibitions who is looking for guidance on how to ensure their work attains maximum impact.

About the author: Elena Gonzales, PhD, has curated exhibitions since 2006 and has taught curatorial studies since 2010. She guides the planning of an annual schedule of more than 20 exhibitions per year at the Evanston Art Center. Gonzales is co-editor of Museums and Civic Discourse: History, Current Practice, and Future Prospects, a digital public humanities project forthcoming from Greenhouse Studios.

About the interlocutor: Danny M. Cohen, PhD is a distinguished professor of instruction at Northwestern University, the founder of Unsilence, and the author the choose-your-own-pathway mystery The 19th Window and the historical novel Train, which was selected as the inaugural text of the national Teacher Fellows Program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

 

 

 

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
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$39.95
ISBN: 9781138292598
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Published: Routledge - July 25th, 2019

Exhibitions for Social Justice assesses the state of curatorial work for social justice in the Americas and Europe today. Analyzing best practices and new curatorial work to support all those working on exhibitions, Gonzales expounds curatorial practices that lie at the nexus of contemporary museology and neurology.