My name is Anna. This blog is my final graduating project, to graduate this May 2013 with a Masters in Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
My academic career:
My undergraduate degree at Columbia College Chicago was in Art History with a focus on African cultural anthropology.
My work experience:
My internship experience includes the Illinois Holocaust Museum (Skokie), Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago) and the District Six Museum (Cape Town, South Africa). I received the Provost and Deiss Award through UIC to travel to Cape Town to look at alternative exhibition practices and explore the expansion of museum authorship.
I have worked on the Art Lending Project through the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and enjoyed being an events volunteer at the I AM Logan Square non-for-profit art organization.
My current research projects and interests:
My focus surrounds activism art in memorial museums that can be used for alternative exhibitions when addressing human rights violations in addition to exploring the expansion of museum authorship, in both written and exhibition format.
I also question how memory places a vital role in preparation, presentation and acknowledgment of a historic event can trigger the visitor to either step forward in action or coward in the corner. How does one remember and forget simultaneously (and who is this “one”)?
My personal belief:
Trying to find a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.