NEH grants go to expansion of LACMA, Dred Scott’s ‘living’ history museum – ARTnews.com
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $ 24.7 million in grants to a range of art spaces, scholars and historic sites, with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art receiving some of the largest amounts. more important for future projects.
LACMA has secured a grant of $ 500,000 to build galleries in a controversial extension designed by Peter Zumthor. These galleries, named after administrator David Geffen, who pledged $ 150 million to the museum in 2017, are expected to remove the boundaries that have historically separated parts of LACMA’s exhibits by era and style. The NEH grant should cover the costs of putting up light-blocking curtains, personalized displays, etc.
LACMA also secured a grant of $ 100,000 for a digital exhibition guide for the exhibition “The World Made Wonderful: The Dutch Collector’s Cabinet and the Politics of Possession”, which will explore cross-currents in the European market of centuries past. The Met, meanwhile, received $ 349,999 for a project focused on chia oil in Mexican lacquers and paint.
Other grants aim to fill the gaps in the history of art. Art historian Sarah-Neel Smith received $ 60,000 for a research project entitled “Uncovering the Lost History of the American Art World’s Engagements with the Middle East, 1957-1979”, which she plans to develop in delivered. The University of California, Los Angeles received more than $ 310,000 for an education program focusing on the preservation of indigenous artefacts.
Other well-known projects seek to deploy the very notion of a museum and to open up new possibilities for it. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, received $ 50,000 to provide a workshop for museum leaders that will help them expand digital accessibility in their respective institutions. Audrey Bennett, a graphic design scholar, is leading this initiative. Meanwhile, Oakwood University, a historically black school in Hunstville, Alabama, received more than $ 129,000 to found a “living history museum” dedicated to Dred Scott, an African-American slave who filed a famous complaint for his freedom in 1856 and which he ultimately lost when he went to the Supreme Court. This one-year project will be called “That Dreded Life”.