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Sheldon Museum hosts third virtual lecture

INSTALLATION SHOT OF “Mrs. M——’s Cabinet” at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

The Henry Sheldon Museum presents a lecture by Sarah Anne Carter, Executive Director of the Center for Design and Material Culture Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This is the third talk in the “Elephant in the Room: Exploring the Future of Museums” series convened by the Stewart-Swift Research Center.

In this lecture, Carter explores the creation and use of the “Mrs. M.——’s Cabinet” period room project at the Milwaukee Art Museum, which she collaboratively created during her time with the Chipstone Foundation. This experimental exhibition hacks into the idea of the museum period room to ask, what does a museum do and who is it for, through the collection and space of an imagined nineteenth-century collector.

Carter is the Executive Director of the Center for Design and Material Culture and an Associate Professor of Design Studies in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously served as Curator and Director of Research at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisc., where she collaboratively curated many museum exhibitions and led Chipstone’s Think Tank Program in support of progressive curatorial practice.

This talk, funded by Vermont Humanities, is free and open to all. To learn more about the “Elephant in the Room” series and to register for the talk, visit: henrysheldonmuseum.org/elephant-in-the-room.

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