MSU Museum’s sexual assault exhibit receives award for impact, community engagement

Michigan State University Museum’s “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” exhibit was awarded the 2019 Peninsulas Prize last week for its impact and exceptional programming by the Michigan Museums Association. The award is presented each year to extraordinary programs, exhibits and individuals that made an impact during the year at

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Black Kirby artists with Julian Chambliss signing four prints that are now part of the MSU Museum’s collection. From left to right: (Left) John Jennings; (Center) Julian Chambliss, John Jennings, Stacy Robinson; (Right) Stacy Robinson

Superheroes, Remixed: “Black Kirby” and Re-housed Vertebrates at the MSU Museum

In his October 2019 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on the Museum’s new curator of history, Dr. Julian Chambliss, a specialist in black superheroes, and on the museum’s recent award of an important Federal grant, allowing for the rehousing of thousands of animal specimens in our Natural Sciences

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Black Kirby: An Afrofuturist Homecoming

The MSU Museum to Unveil Four Prints from the Artist Collaborative Black Kirby The Michigan State University Museum is celebrating the arrival of a new collection of four prints by Black Kirby, an artist collaborative composed of artists/professors John Jennings (UC Riverside) and Stacey Robinson (University of Illinois). The unveiling

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Image Caption: A taxidermy-mounted Rufous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax) was donated to the Museum in 1917 by Mr. J.H. Tibbs (class of 1912). The focus of the grant project is to improve environmental conditions and accessibility of over 5,000 bird and mammal specimens that are preserved as taxidermy mounts, tanned skins, study skins, or skeletons in the MSU Museum. Photo by Barbara L. Lundrigan

MSU Museum 1 of 2 Michigan Institutions Awarded Federal Grant

‘Museums for America’ Grant Will Help Improve Natural Science Collections Care The Michigan State University Museum recently received a $113,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to improve accessibility, environmental conditions, and housing for more than 5,600 vertebrate specimens, including rare, endangered, and threatened species. Some of

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Chambliss

Julian Chambliss Joins the MSU Museum as Val Berryman Curator of History 

The MSU Museum, the science and culture museum of Michigan State University, announces the appointment of Dr. Julian C. Chambliss as the Val Berryman Curator of History. Val Berryman, the museum’s late Curator of History, worked at the MSU Museum for half a century. His estate established the Berryman Bequest,

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Elephant bird skeleton from Bone Clones, Inc.

Elephant Birds and Where to Find Them

In his September 2019 letter, Museum Director Mark Auslander ponders the imminent arrival at the Museum of an articulated skeleton of an elephant bird, the largest bird ever known to exist. What lessons about evolution and adaptation might this gargantuan flightless bird help us learn? Why did these birds become

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2019 MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash

Colossal Fossil Fusion at the MSU Museum!

NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY & MSU FEDERAL CREDIT UNION DINOSAUR DASH, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 The MSU Museum is combining National Fossil Day and the 34th annual MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash this year on Sunday, October 6. The MSU Museum is home to the area’s only full-mounted dinosaur casts, Allosaurus

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Arpillera depicting the home of poet Pablo Neruda.

Singing the Future: Between Absence and Presence

In his August 2019 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on how works of art may simultaneously dramatize a void of great loss while also serving as staging grounds for re-imagining productive futures. His examples are drawn from the Museum’s current exhibitions of Chilean arpilleras, highlighting the tumultuous era

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“Ashley’s Sack” is now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (On loan from Middleton Place).

Between Mourning and Hope: Our Smithsonian Journeys

In his July 2019 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on the MSU Museum team’s recent visit to the annual Smithsonian Affiliations conference, a gathering of the nation’s many museums affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian has declared 2020 to be the year of “Earth Optimism,” dedicated to

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360 Degree Panoramic Room In the Library’s Digital Scholarship Lab

Summer Institute: Digital Storytelling with Large-Scale Digital Learning Technology Platforms

This summer the MSU Museum is participating in a summer institute along with the MSU Library, and Abrams Planetarium. Selected faculty and graduate students are exploring data visualization on three large-scale digital learning technology platforms at Michigan State University: The Abrams Planetarium 360 Degree Panoramic Room In the Library’s Digital Scholarship

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