Exhibition + Museum Studies

Exhibition and Museum Studies considers how socioeconomic, political, and cultural contexts affect creative production, and how exhibitions become—in and of themselves—contemporary art.

Students focus their questions and research on museums, galleries, and other forums for display, including alternative sites, communities, borders, and places. We challenge students to consider the shifting and expanding role of visual culture to society and to scrutinize how methods of display alter, inhibit, or promote the work of artists.


  • The Ethics of Display in Outsider Art: Dwight Mackintosh
  • Walls Have Been Built, then What Is Happening Inside Today? An Investigation into Today Art Museum, China’s Number One Private Contemporary Art Museum
  • Pedagogical Intentions of the Museum/Pedagogical Production of Producing Subjects
  • Freight and Fraught: Architecture and Influence in Mike Kelley and Chris Burden’s 2013 Retrospectives
  • A Pageant of Photography: Modern Photography through the Eyes of Ansel Adams
  • The Survivor’s Word Displayed and Displaced: The Memoir, Representation, and Mediated Experience in Holocaust Museums
  • Ipso Factish: Exploration of the Museum of Jurassic Technology


An in-depth look inside Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances with Mariana Castillo Deball and Christopher Squier, SFAI + Kadist Artist-in-Residence and Fellow, respectively.

Mariana Castillo Deball: Nowadays, we have more devices to help us control everything that’s unpredictable. So I think what is interesting to me about John Cage is that he was trying to give up control.

On view in July 2016 at Walter + McBean Galleries.



Frank Smigiel
Senior Lecturer ; Chair of Exhibition and Museum Studies
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Lindsey White
Assistant Professor; Photography Department Chair
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