Museums have never been mere containers for objects, nor should they be. How might we draw strength from existing institutions to enable vibrant futures? How can we expand the communities who feel a sense of belonging within and around museums? What must we confront and transform to make this possible? Join the artists, curators, historians, educators, and thinkers who are asking, “What Can Museums Become?”

Keynote speakers include Johanna Burton, Director of the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University; Amelia Jones, Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean of Research, Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California; and Michelle Kuo, Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art.

Roundtable scholars include La Tanya S. Autry, Gund Curatorial Fellow, moCa Cleveland; Heidi Wiren Bartlett, interdisciplinary performance artist; Juliet Bellow, Associate Professor of Art History, American University; Sarah Bond, Associate Professor of History, University of Iowa; Anny-Dominique Curtius, Associate Professor of Francophone studies, University of Iowa; Lane Czaplinski, Director of Performing Arts, Wexner Center, The Ohio State University; Kimberly Musial Datchuk, Curator of Learning and Engagement, UI Stanley Museum of Art; Anaïs Duplan, Program Manager at Recess and founder of Center for Afrofuturist Studies; John Engelbrecht, Director, Public Space One; Lisa Yun Lee, Director, National Public Housing Museum; Associate Professor of Public Culture and Museum Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago; Kalmia Strong, Program Director, Public Space One; and Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Associate Curator of Native American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art.


All events are free and open to the public. No registration necessary.