The Association of Art Museum Directors mourns the loss of a great friend and colleague, Michael Rush, Founding Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, and previously Director of the The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
Michael was an incredible mentor to many in the field and was extraordinarily generous with his time. He had a passionate belief in the power of art, and in the important role that art and museums played in the lives of communities he served. We will miss his deep commitment to our profession, and his friendship.
Below is a piece Michael wrote on the museum of the future - it's one of the most popular posts on AAMD's website.
Michael's obituary is available here: http://bit.ly/1abHBda
No one ever claimed that museums need be “agents of change.” However, the common museum mission to collect and preserve collections has yielded to demands of “education” and “outreach.” To this extent, we have challenged ourselves to become more outward looking and focused on the needs of the pu…
Art museums offer family programs for all ages - from baby tours that foster brain development to programs for dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Over 75 AAMD museums offer these dementia programs, which provide comfort, stimulation and socialization to people with memory loss and their family members/caregivers. One example is KARE at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Learn more about KARE below. #familyMW #MuseumWeek
According to AAMD's annual statistical survey, over 70 AAMD member museums offer programming for people suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia. One of these programs is Kemper Art Reaches Everyone, or KARE, at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in Saint Louis.
We're so inspired by Marie Watt's Blanket Stories, commissioned by the Tacoma Art Museum. Community members contributed their own personal blankets - from hand-kint baby blankets to childhood comforters to beloved quilts - and Watt made a cast of the blankets, which is now installed outside the museum. The fact that so many were willing to contribute such personal objects to this work is a testament to Watt and the Tacoma Art Museum! Learn the stories of the blankets below. #inspirationMW #MuseumWeek http://mkwatt.generalist.nu/
'Blanket Stories: Transportation Object, Generous Ones, Trek' is a monumental bronze sculpture by Marie Watt commissioned for the Haub Galleries of the Tacoma Art Museum, sited on the museum's Pacific Avenue entrance.
Today's #MuseumWeek theme is #architectureMW. And you can't talk museum architecture without talking about Centre Canadien d'Architecture / Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), a longtime AAMD member museum in Montreal "founded on the conviction that architecture is a public concern." CCA's founder, Phyllis Lambert, was instrumental in commissioning Mies van der Rohe to design the iconic Seagram building in New York City. Last year Lambert was awarded the Golden Lion Lifetime Award at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Learn more about Lambert and CCA below.