Reinventing the Museum: Relevance, Inclusion, and Global Responsibilities is the third edition following the 2004 and 2012 versions of the Reinventing series. More than a decade since the prior volume was published, this edition features all new content written since 2017 relevant to this pivotal time for museums operating in a complex world.
This anthology features leading thinkers from across the globe who expertly discuss the realities facing museums, the urgency to take action, and museums as essential contributors to a more equitable and socially responsible world. The introduction highlights the issues of our times, and frames the structure of the book and intentional order of the contents. A dramatically revised Reinventing the Museum Tool serves as a springboard for discussions within museum staff and trustees, among students and faculty, and with emerging to seasoned museum professionals.
The curated approach of the book unfolds with a sequence of thinking that frames the subsequent sections and chapters. The range of topics in this volume cover global realities, shifts in institutional mindset, the urgency to achieve inclusion and equity in museums, and fresh perspectives of practical approaches to actualize the reinvented museum.
Gail Anderson president of Gail Anderson & Associates (GA&A) works with museum leaders facilitating institutional transformation, building institutional and leadership capacity, and expanding community and global relevance. Anderson has dedicated much of her 40+ year career to researching, amassing and sharing resources and new ideas to contribute to the evolving thinking about museums. Anderson’s projects include strategic planning, organizational restructuring, institutional assessment and development, and board development. She has worked with more than 70+ clients and completed over 110+ projects. Her core commitments have been to advance social responsibilities, DEAI efforts in the field, decolonization efforts, and museums as key players in the larger global ecosystem.
Prior to launching her own consulting business, Anderson was Deputy Director of The Mexican Museum, Vice President of Museum Management Consultants, Chair of the Graduate Department of Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California, Assistant Director at the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, and Museum Educator at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Her publications include the American Association of Museums book, Museum Mission Statements: Building A Distinct Identity (1997), Reinventing the Museum: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Paradigm Shift (2004), and the second edition, Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift (2012), and, Mission Matters: Relevance and Museums for the 21st Century (2019), plus numerous articles. This 3rd edition Reinventing the Museum: Relevance, Inclusion and Global Responsibilities is Anderson’s latest publication. Anderson continues her commitment to advancing the field through frequent speaking engagements, writing, and teaching.
INTRODUCTION: The Urgency for Relevance, Inclusion, and Global Responsibilities
PART IGLOBAL REALITIES CHALLENGE MUSEUM PURPOSE
Museums: Geopolitics, Decolonisation, Globalisation and Migration
George Okello Abungu
Indigenous Peoples and International Museology
From Objects of Enlightenment to Objects of Apology: Why You Can’t Make Amends for the Past by Plundering the Present
The Empathetic Museum: A New Institutional Identity
Gretchen Jennings, Jim Cullen, Janeen Bryant, Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, Stacey Mann, Charlette Hove, and Nayeli Zepeda
The Value of Museums in Averting Societal Collapse
Robert R. Janes
Paradigm Shift to Illuminate this Disrupted Planet
Emlyn Koster, PhD
Global Trends in Museums
Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
PART II TRANSFORMATIVE INSTITUTIONAL MINDSETS
Inside Out Outside In: A Resilience Model for Museums Offers Strategies to Address Challenging Realities
Anne W. Ackerson, Gail Anderson, and Dina A. Bailey
Creating a Framework for Institutional Genealogy
Reconsidering People as the Institution: Empathy, Pay Equity, and Deaccessioning as Key Leadership Strategies in Art Museums
Creating the Just Leader: Inclusive Leadership and Organizational Justice
Museum Leaders as Allies for Queer Inclusion
Growth Mindset for a More Peaceful, Empathetic World
Sustainability, Resilience and Growth Through Digital Innovation
The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership
Deconstructing Nonprofit Sustainability
Jan Masaoka, Jeanne Bell, and Steve Zimmerman
THE IMPERATIVE FOR INCLUSIVITY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Moving Toward Internal Transformation: Awareness, Acceptance, Action
Janeen Bryant, Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Gretchen Jennings, Joanne Jones-Rizzi
The Evolving Responsibility of Museum Work in the Time of Climate Change
Cultural Interpretation in the 21st Century: Transformational Changes in Museum Practice
W. Richard West Jr.
The Politics of History in Memorial Museums
Presence and Power: Beyond Feminism in Museums
Elisabeth Callihan and Kaywin Feldman
Public Spaces for Strangers: How Museums’ Physical Assets Should Contribute to Communal Peace, 2017
Elaine Heumann Gurian
Tools for Thinking: From Tools and Approaches for Transforming Museum Experience
Rachel Ginsberg, Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, and Gail Bennett
First Peoples: A Roadmap for Enhancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and Galleries
Race Report Card
Museums & Race
PRACTICES TO SUPPORT REINVENTED MUSEUMS
WINDOWS Ten Shifts: Redefining Cultural Institutions
Michael John Gorman
Climate of Change
Repatriation and Ritual, Repatriation as Ritual
Laura Peers, Lotten Gustafsson Reinius, and Jennifer Shannon
Race Isn’t Just a “Black Thing”: The Role that Museum Professionals
Can Play in Inclusive Planning and Programming
Esther J. Washington and Anna F. Hindley
Museums Without (Scholar‐)Curators: Exhibition–Making in Times of Managerial Curatorship
Mechanisms and Tropes of Colonial Narratives
Materialising Reform: How Conservation Encounters Collection
Practises in Zoos
Monika Krause and Katherine Robinson
Digital Transformation: It’s a Process and You Can Start Now
John Russick and Jack Ludden
Cultural Humility as a Framework for Anti-Oppressive
Ten Principles for an Anti-Racist, Anti-Orientalist, Activist
Approach to Collections
Elizabeth Wood, Rainey Tisdale, and Trevor Jones
LEGACY ARTICLES FROM REINVENTING THE MUSEUM,
EDITIONS I AND II: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
The first edition of Reinventing the Museum appeared in 2004, and this third edition follows the format of the earlier editions. Anderson is a museum consultant and the contributors represent a span of museum professionals, from directors and archivists to digital strategists and governance experts. The 2004 edition was subtitled Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Paradigm Shift, and the 2012 edition was subtitled The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift. As its subtitle indicates, the current edition focuses on equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion, issues that are all critical to today’s museums. Anderson made an effort to select topics relevant to all museums, topics reflecting issues of global responsibility: for example, the climate crisis, poverty, and immigration. Each essay includes notes and an extensive list of references; the final section presents a selected bibliography of essays from the first two editions that, in the words of Anderson, “have stood the test of time.” Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals.
The list of authors of the articles in this important book reads like a ‘who’s who’ in the international museums world . Included are articles by renowned professionals like Elaine Heumann Gurion, Margaret Middleton, Bob Janes, and George Abungu. Edited by the doyenne of museum management studies, Gail Anderson, the book is an up-to-date ‘must read’ for all museum people, whether they are new starters or old hands.
When I started my career as an Indigenous curator the first book I read was the first edition of Reinventing the Museum. It was ahead of the curve when it came to discussions around decolonizing museums, their colonial baggage, and inclusion. I am so excited for this third edition as it even more timely and forward-looking.
Anderson's book brings together the visions and proposals of those who are leading change in museums, thus resulting in a compendium of the current state of the art.
It is a must-read not only for museum professionals, but also for the entire spectrum of museum stakeholders.
This is a book of readings.