Author: Margaret U Goddard

Power and Pleasure in the Museum

In 2019, Fwd: Museums published my review of Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display by Jennifer Tyburczy.

“Pleasure and Power in the Museum, a review of Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display (Jennifer Tyburczy).” Fwd: Museums Issue 4 (2019): 205–213.

Tiny Exhibits

I created and currently lead a coordinating team for Tiny Exhibits, a rotating installation series in a gallery space on campus—a display case near the Carriage House Gallery in Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

In the past year, the series featured fourteen small-scale exhibits that explored a wide range of topics—from the cultural history of the Providence urban tree canopy to the alienations and intimacies of cultural loss and resilience within the context of immigration.

Bad Art

In 2018, Mika Matsuno and I curated the exhibition Bad Art at Brown University’s Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage Carriage House Gallery.

The exhibition featured artist-identified “bad” art, which we accepted by submission. We also organized a life drawing class with dogs. At the exhibition opening, we encouraged visitors to observe through drawing and sketch the installed work. Visitors added their work from the life drawing class and their sketches at the opening to the exhibition.

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Cleveland Print Room

In the summer of 2016, I completed a practicum at the Cleveland Print Room, in partial completion of the requirements for my master’s degree in Public Humanities.

I developed curriculum to pilot their youth mastery program on photography. Using LOMO Instax Wide cameras, the program introduces students to photography basics and teaches visual literacy through photographic and writing assignments. The program is generously funded by the Cleveland Foundation and the Lomographic Society International.

I also curated the exhibition “Inside Outside: Dr. Jelliffe’s Slides” based on a collection of 169 early 20th century magic lantern slides previously owned by American neurologist, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Dr. Smith Ely Jelliffe. The exhibit opened in January 2017 and was featured on National Public Radio, cleveland.com, CAN Journal, Cool Cleveland, and Cleveland Scene.

National Museum of American History

From June 2014 to June 2015, I worked in the division of Political History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. As Curatorial Assistant, I conducted research and prepared materials for the permanent exhibitions American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith and Many Voices, One Nation. I also coordinated three conferences with NMAH curators and external scholars.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

In the summer of 2013, I worked at the Corcoran Gallery of Art as the Public Education Intern. I created studio projects connected to school tours, prepared educator resources, and assisted facilitating the Summer Teacher Institute on the links between art and social justice.

In addition, I collaborated with artists to develop site-specific installations and performances, including artist Mary Coble’s live performance piece, Deferral, which addresses the FDA’s policy of refusing blood donations from men who have had sex with men since 1977.

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