USC Panel to Address Crisis in Museums

Through extensive Venn diagram-based analysis, we’ve detected a high degree of overlap between UnBeige Readers (and editors for that matter) and Museum Junkies, so we feel compelled to alert you that this Thursday, February 11, the University of Southern California will host a “public conversation” about the crisis in museums. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) director Michael Govan will be joined by Donny George Youkhanna, who served as director of the Baghdad Museum during the American invasion of Iraq, and Jorge Wagensberg, scientific director of the Foundation “la Caixa” and creator of CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, to examine the crisis in museums today—including the economic impact of blockbuster exhibitions, public trust, and globalization—and discuss how we might begin to address these issues if museums are to survive. Selma Holo, director of USC’s Fisher Museum and the International Museum Institute at USC, will moderate the discussion, drawing on insights from her new book, Beyond the Turnstile: Making the Case for Museums and Sustainable Values (AltaMira), co-authored by Mari-Tere Alvarez of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The free event begins at 7 p.m. in room 240 of the Doheny Memorial Library on USC’s University Park campus.