Sheldon Museum: Making History with Mrs. M—–‘s Cabinet: Imagining a Feminist Period Room

In this lecture Professor Sarah 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. Sarah Anne Carter, Ph.D. 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, Wisconsin, where she collaboratively curated many museum exhibitions and led Chipstone’s Think Tank Program in support of progressive curatorial practice. The “Elephant in the Room” lecture series is presented with support from Vermont Humanities.

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