The University of Iowa

February 6 WorldCanvass to focus on the future of museums

January 10th, 2020

What does the museum of the 21st century look like?  What does it house?  What is its role in the community? Does it see itself differently than museums of the past? And how do galleries, libraries, archives, and museums capture the zeitgeist of the time and reinvent themselves as expectations change? Join us for the first WorldCanvass program of 2020, when our guests will explore the future of museums. WorldCanvass begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street.  The event is free and open to the public with a pre-show reception from 5-5:30 p.m.

The Future of Museums

Segment 1 —5:30-6 p.m.
Learning from GLAM (GLAM: galleries, libraries, archives, and museums)

Katherine Wilson—manager of exhibitions and collections, University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, University of Iowa
Liz Crooks—director, Pentacrest Museums, University of Iowa

Segment 2—6-6:30 p.m.
Activating collections

Joyce Tsai—chief curator, University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, and associate professor of practice, School of Art and Art History,  University of Iowa
Margaret Gamm—head, Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries, University of Iowa
Heidi Lung—lecturer and program director, museum studies, University of Iowa

Segment 3—6:30-7 p.m.
New curatorial approaches

Jennifer Buckley—associate professor, Department of English, University of Iowa
H. Glenn Penny—professor, Department of History, University of Iowa

WorldCanvass programs are recorded as audio podcasts and are available on iTunes, the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the WorldCanvass website. University of Iowa International Programs produces the series in partnership with MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. Audio production is provided by Kyle Marxen.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Amy Green in advance at or 319-335-1433.