Virtual Talk - "Multiple Voices on Asian Art Collection Reinstallation Display in the 21st Century", Worcester Art Museum

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"Multiple Voices on Asian Art Collection Reinstallation Display in the 21st Century" 

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Massachusetts

Thursday, May 20th, 2021 6-7 PM EST


The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) is currently planning a major renovation of its Asian art galleries, which have not been updated since the 1980s. As we plan on ushering this part of our collection, which comprises of over 9,000 objects, into the 21st century, we have found ourselves thinking about approaches to narratives, displays, didactic material, and other topics surrounding physical and contextual accessibility. 


For this talk, part of the WAM’s Master Series, two curators will discuss how they addressed their own recent Asian art gallery reinstallations, from the challenges they faced to the final results. Dr. Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will discuss her reinstallation of the Museum’s South and Southeast Asian (2011) and Islamic art (2019) collections. Ms. Karina Corrigan, Associate Director of Collections and The H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, will talk about her reinstallation of the Sean M. Healey Family Gallery of Asian Export Art, for which she won the 2019 Award of Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators


The talk will conclude with a brief discussion by Rachel Parikh, Assistant Curator of Asian and Middle Eastern Art at WAM, on ideas for the new Asian galleries, as well as a Q&A session. 


Join WAM for what will be an insightful discussion on the process of displaying of Asian art in the 21st century museum. To register, click here: