Note: This schedule will change! Probably a lot! Please check back regularly.

If the reading is not hyperlinked from this page, you’ll find it on CCLE under the appropriate week.


Tuesday, January 4, 2016

Introduction and Syllabus Review

Thursday, January 6, 2016

What is a Museum?

Keywords: object, technology

Note: By class today, please register for our course blog here. You can follow these instructions. Be sure to do this by classtime, because I’ll shut down registration on Thursday to avoid spamming. Your first blog post is due on Tuesday, January 12.

Conn, Steven. “Chapter 2: Do Museums Still Need Objects?” In Do Museums Still Need Objects?, 20–57. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.

Shea, Andrea. “Beacons, QR Codes And 3-D Printing: Enter The Museum Of The 21st Century.” The ARTery. Boston: WBUR Boston, September 14, 2015. (Feel free to listen or read.)

Association of Art Museum Directors. “Next Practices in Digital and Technology,” 2015.



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Seeing in a Museum

Keywords: exhibitionary complex, resonance, wonder, the museum effect

Note: Your first blog post is due by classtime today. Please see the assignment for instructions on what to do.

Everyone reads:

Bennett, Tony. “The Exhibitionary Complex.” New Formations 4 (1988): 73–102.

You will be divided into groups and each group will be assigned one of the following:

Greenblatt, Stephen. “Resonance and Wonder.” In Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display, edited by Ivan Karp, 43–56. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.

Alpers, Svetlana. “The Museum As a Way of Seeing.” In Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display, edited by Ivan Karp and Steven Lavine. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.

Boon, James A. “Why Museums Make Me Sad.” In Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display, edited by Ivan Karp and Steven Lavine. Washington and London: Smithsonian Press, 1991.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Keywords: participation, immersion

Arup Foresight. “Museums in the Digital Age.” London, 2013.

Weil, Stephen E. “From Being about Something to Being for Somebody: The Ongoing Transformation of the American Museum.” Daedalus 128, no. 3 (1999): 229–58.



Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Ridge, Mia. “Where Next for Open Cultural Data in Museums?Museum ID, March 2013.

Wall, Helen.“120kMoMA – A data visualization study of The Museum of Modern Art collection dataset of 123,919 records.” Medium. January 11, 2016.

The Tate Britain,“The Tate Collection” (metadata for the Tate’s collection). Please scroll down to “Examples” and look at the examples of data visualizations with the Tate’s data.

Lam, William, Noor Gill, Priya Sahdev, Courtney Clement, Hanna Girma, and Katie Kaemmerling. Joseph Mallord William Turner: UCLA Students Explore the Tate Britain’s Collection through Data, 2015.

Abad, Rubén. “Cooper-Hewitt’s Collection Color History.Dataclimber, January 19, 2014.

Bellander, Martin. “The Colors of Paintings: Blue Is the New Orange.” I Cannot Make Bricks Without Clay, April 3, 2015.

In class: Silk basics

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Digital Storytelling

Keywords: Digital storytelling

Lambert, Joe. Digital Storytelling Cookbook, pp. 1-35. Berkeley, Calif: Digital Diner Press, 2010. (Note: While Lambert’s focus is on telling personal stories with digital storytelling, we’ll work on telling the story of an object.)

In-class: iMovie Basics


Tuesday, January 26

Museum Metadata

Keywords: metadata, controlled vocabulary

Baca, M. (2006). Cataloging cultural objects: a guide to describing cultural works and their images. Please focus on Part I and skim Parts II and III.

In class: Omeka basics

Thursday, January 28

Exhibiting Cultures

Keywords: colonialism

Karp, Ivan, Steven Lavine, and Rockefeller Foundation, eds. “Introduction.” In Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.

Isaac, Gwyneira. “Technology Becomes the Object: The Use of Electronic Media at the National Museum of the American Indian.” Journal of Material Culture 13, no. 3 (November 1, 2008): 287–310. doi:10.1177/1359183508095497.

Zange, Charles. “Community Makers, Major Museums, and the Keet S’aaxw: Learning About the Role of Museums in Interpreting Cultural Objects.” MW2015: Museums and the Web 2015, January 31, 2015.


Tuesday, February 2, 2015


Guest Speaker: Philip Leers, Project Manager for Digital Initiatives, Hammer Museum

Hromack, Sarah and Rob Giampietro. “The Art Interface.” Art in America, October 1, 2014.

Giridharada, Anan. “Museums See Different Virtues in Virtual Worlds.” New York Times, August 7, 2014.

Cat, Orit. “Global Audiences, Zero Visitors: How to measure the success of museums’ online publishing.” Rhizome, March 12, 2015.

Thursday, February 4, 2015

Midterm Exam


Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Thursday, February 11, 2016



Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Guest speaker: Rich Cherry, deputy director, Broad Art Foundation, and co-chair, Museums and the Web

Mr. Cherry has requested that you select and blog about a reading of your choice from 2015 on this bibliography.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

museums online

Guest speaker: Gene McHugh, Head of Digital Media, Fowler Museum

Sam Brenner, “Reconsidering searching and browsing on the Cooper Hewitt’s Collections website” (Museums and the Web 2015).

Mike Pepi, “Is a Museum a Database?: Institutional Conditions in Net Utopia” (e-flux).

Holland Cotter, “Tuning Out Digital Buzz, for an Intimate Communion With Art” (New York Times, March 15, 2015).


Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Guest speaker: Agnes Stauber, Multimedia Producer, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Here are Agnes Stauber’s instructions for you. Please post your answers to her questions to our blog! This will be IN LIEU of your usual blog post.

I’d like to point the students to this webpage No need to watch all of the videos there. But it’s a good place to find some examples of the web-based vids that we are doing.

Additionally, I’d like them to think about what they personally expect from a museum’s digital presence. Also, I’d like them to think about online classes, such as found on coursera, Kahn Academy, edX and such and pitch me one class they would actually really watch from start to finish.

I would like them to also send me a link to one digital storytelling piece, that they find interesting. It can come from any corner: museums, journalism, entertainment etc. But I’d like to see storytelling examples that they found worthy of their time in exploring a topic.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

INTRO TO Linked Data

Hooland, Seth van, and Ruben Verborgh. Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums: How to Clean, Link and Publish Your Metadata. London: Facet, 2014. (Please read the introduction and chapter two.)

NOTE: In order to access this reading, you need to either be on campus at UCLA, or connect to UCLA via VPN.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Project Work

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Project Work


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Project Work

Thursday, March 10, 2016