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WN@TL:”COVID & the Museum: How Arts Institutions are Re-emerging in a Post-Pandemic World”
May 25, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Speaker: Amy Gilman
Campus Affiliation: Chazen Museum of Art
Description: Dr. Amy Gilman, director of the Chazen Museum of Art, will share insights about the museum’s progress over the last 5 years, and how the COVID-19 pandemic caused a shift in priorities for the institution. Prior to the pandemic, the Chazen was deeply embedded in a period of growth. After focusing on staff restructuring and financial sustainability for the first two years of her directorship, Gilman had begun to pivot the museum towards being a radically inclusive and accessible space. Like many arts institutions, however, the Chazen suffered set-backs as a result of the pandemic and was forced to reassess its priorities going forward. Dr. Gilman will share how the museum pivoted during this difficult time, and found new and meaningful ways to support its partners on campus. Additionally, Dr. Gilman will discuss current events in the field, especially the call for art museums to address social justice issues in their communities and how the Chazen is taking part in the movement. Dr. Gilman will share information on upcoming exhibitions and programs, and their connection to the Chazen’s broader strategic goals going forward.
Bio: “Dr. Amy Gilman joined the Chazen Museum of Art in September 2017. As director of the Chazen, she oversees all administrative, financial, and curatorial duties for the museum. Since her arrival, Gilman has stewarded a new museum website, replaced unpaid internships with paid ones, and re-imagined the museum’s lobby and store as a coffee shop and gathering place for both museum visitors and whole community. During COVID and an unusual academic year, Gilman initiated the development of flexible, adaptable, virtual curricula for use by faculty, connecting the museum’s permanent collection with course themes of resilience and surviving trauma, and art and activism. Gilman is a progressive leader in the field, and an advocate for the role of the university art museum on campus and in the community. Prior to the Chazen, Gilman spent 12 years at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio where she served as deputy director, assistant director for collections and exhibitions, and curator of modern and contemporary art. Gilman is an alumna of the Getty Leadership Institute. She earned her doctorate in art history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Columbia College in Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in performance studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.”
For more: https://chazen.wisc.edu/