American Art Web Collections Interpretation & Access project
Recipient: Fleming, Jenna (Boston, MA 02115 USA) in affiliation with Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Goal: Development of a new online interpretation and search framework for the Americas collection that will serve as an extensible model for all collection areas of the museum.
Description: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) requests a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of its Collections Interpretation & Access project which, in its first phase, will focus on creating a new interpretive online resource for the Museum???s American Art collection. In the fall of 2010, the MFA will open a new wing for its unparalleled Art of the Americas collection. This resource will illuminate key themes of the collection; deepen visitors??? engagement with the artworks by providing rich learning and discovery materials; and will offer more dynamic interpretation of the collection for virtual visitors. The MFA???s collection of American art is a rich resource through which to examine the evolution of art in the Americas and to explore the multi-faceted nature of the American story. The online resource will draw out central themes of the collection for the public to provide them with new perspectives on American art, history, and experience.
Grant: 197893 / GE-50183-10, Category: Art History and Criticism, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2010
The 1968 Project
Recipient: (St. Paul, MN 55102 USA) in affiliation with Minnesota Historical Society
Goal: Planning for a traveling exhibition, a website, and associated programming on America in the 1960s.
Description: The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) seeks support from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the amount of $75,000 to continue research and development for The 1968 Project exhibition. In partnership with three other leading historical institutions--the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California--MHS is conducting a nationwide search for stories, images, and objects that illuminate the great and small events of 1968. Products of this documentary project will include a traveling exhibition, a Web site, public and educational programs, and a film competition. The budget for the exhibition, estimated at $2,850,000, will be raised from a combination of public, foundation, and corporate sponsorship sources.
Grant: 196943 / GE-50140-09, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Of Power and Place: Richmond, Virginia as the Nexus of a Nation
Recipient: (Richmond, VA 23219 USA) in affiliation with Valentine Richmond History Center
Goal: Planning for the installation of a permanent exhibition on the history of Richmond, Virginia, together with a companion website.
Description: "Of Power and Place: Richmond, Virginia As the Nexus of a Nation" will be a new permanent exhibition on the history of the city of Richmond and will interpret the city as a meeting place between those ideals and social processes broadly reflective of the Unites States and those most commonly viewed as particular to the American South. It will examine the city's rich and complex history, the meanings that residents and visitors have imposed on the city's past, and the impact that such imposed meanings have had on the city's relative progress. Intended for a broad general audience, the permanent exhibition will extend beyond the galleries and include online exhibitions, audio tours, youth and adult programming, and educational resources for families and school groups. The planning phase will involve programming, schematic design, detailed content research, text development, and final object selection, all reviewed by staff, scholars, consultants, and the public.
Grant: 194602 / GE-50089-09, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Recipient: (Eau Claire, WI 54702-1204 USA) in affiliation with Chippewa Valley Museum (Eau Claire, WI 54702 USA)
Goal: Planning for an exhibition and related programming that focuses on the history of settlement to Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley.
Description: The Chippewa Valley Museum (CVM) requests $40,000 to plan Intersections, a major exhibit and related programming. Everyone who lives in Wisconsin???s Chippewa Valley today came from somewhere else or is descended from someone who did. This is true of Ojibwes, American Indians migrating here in the 17th century; Europeans who arrived in the 19th century lumber boom; Hmong refugees re-settled in the U.S. in the 1970s; and Somalis coming now to work in the poultry industry. Community formation is an exchange between people. Intersections between those here and those newly arrived have shaped Chippewa Valley communities, bringing energy and character to our region. Intersections developed from study of scholarly theories and re-interpretations and CVM???s regional research and collecting. Nationally recognized scholars and museum specialists, and historians with regional research interests will advise the planning.
Grant: 194605 / GE-50092-09, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Face to Face: The African Presence in Renaissance Europe
Recipient: (Baltimore, MD 21201 USA) in affiliation with Walters Art Museum
Goal: Planning for a traveling exhibition, a website, lecture series, a catalog, and educational and public programs examining the presence of Africans in the art of Renaissance Europe.
Description: The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland requests support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the planning of the international loan exhibition provisionally titled Face to Face: The African Presence in Renaissance Europe. NEH Grant funds are requested to fund focus groups, exhibition advisory committee meeting travel, curatorial travel related to loans and contributions, and an exhibition research assistant position. To reveal the African presence in Renaissance Europe, the exhibition will examine the geographical, historical and social conditions affecting Africans in Europe. It will then offer face to face encounters with the actual individuals affected by these factors ??? from slaves to rulers - through the medium of great Renaissance portraiture.
Grant: 194610 / GE-50097-09, Category: Art History and Criticism, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
West, Copley, Trumbull: American Revolutionary Paintings in a Transatlantic World
Recipient: (Houston, TX 77005-1803 USA) in affiliation with Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX 77265 USA)
Goal: Planning for a traveling exhibition, a symposium, a website, and related public and educational programs exploring the history painting of West, Copley, and Trumbull in an Atlantic context.
Description: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) requests $40,000 to plan West, Copley, Trumbull: American Revolutionary Paintings in a Transatlantic World (working title), the first major exhibition on the subject of modern history painting and its American innovators. Opening in Houston in the spring of 2012, the exhibition will reexamine Benjamin West (1738-1820), John Singleton Copley (1738-1815), and John Trumbull (1756-1843), and their work, challenging audiences to rethink long-standing perspectives that limit these artists??? contributions to colonial or early American culture. The exhibition and interpretive programs and materials will help audiences to learn about the multiple ways in which these works, which may seem familiar and known, can be newly studied and appreciated.
Grant: 194623 / GE-50110-09, Category: Arts History & Criticism, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Our Stories: Resident Voices of Public Housing
Recipient: (Chicago, IL 60605-1394 USA) in affiliation with National Public Housing Museum (Chicago , IL 60601 USA)
Goal: Planning for an oral history initiative to include the voices of residents of public housing to expand the scholarly perspective on the history of public housing for programs by this new museum.
Description: The National Public Housing Museum (NPHM) is requesting $40,000 out of a needed $70,000 to support planning for ???Our Stories: Resident Voices of Public Housing.??? This oral history-based humanities project will build on the efforts of recent scholars to uncover the complexity of public housing developments and how residents and others constructed community amidst concentrated poverty, building decay, and social stigmatization. Our planning process will be guided by four key humanities themes related to public housing scholarship - identity, community, social justice and leadership - which reach the heart of debates about interpreting public housing in American society. ???Our Stories??? is not intended to advance any specific agenda but to instead bring greater public awareness to the often obscured, misunderstood, and devalued history of public housing communities.
Grant: 194628 / GE-50115-09, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Seven Interactive Displays for the New Museum of the American West and Southwest Museum of the American Indian
Recipient: (Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 USA) in affiliation with Autry National Center (Los Angeles, CA 90027 USA)
Goal: Planning of seven map-based digital displays about the convergence of cultures in the American West to be displayed throughout the galleries of the Autry National Center's two museums.
Description: Planning and testing of assumptions for seven interactive digital displays in newly designed museum galleries of the Autry National Center of the American West. The interactive displays will illuminate for museum visitors not only significant history of the American West, but also key issues of our times: How can we live on the earth? How can we live with each other?
Grant: 196949 / GE-50146-09, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
The World of the Bible: Exploring People, Places, and Passages
Recipient: (Atlanta, GA 30329 USA) in affiliation with Society of Biblical Literature (Decatur, GA 30033 USA)
Goal: Planning for an interactive and multimedia website to bring scholarship concerning the Bible to general audiences.
Description: The website The World of the Bible: Exploring People, Places, and Passages brings scholarship about the Bible to audiences with an interest in the history, literature, archaeology, and interpretive legacy of the Bible. Through a simple focus on the most familiar people, places, and passages of the Bible, the site will provide interactive and multimedia materials that enhance people's understanding of biblical origins, contexts, and interpretations. Humanities themes that address the "big questions" of human existence as well as the particularity of biblical times will connect a curious general public to the ongoing debates and established consensus in the field of biblical studies.
Grant: 196959 / GE-50156-09, Category: Humanities, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Museum Without Walls: Audio, an Innovative Interpretive Audio Program for Public Art in Philadelphia
Recipient: (Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA) in affiliation with Fairmount Park Art Association
Goal: Implementation of a series of multiplatform audio labels for 56 outdoor sculptures in Philadelphia.
Grant: 197894 / GE-50184-09, Category: Humanities, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
The Ancient Maya City
Recipient: (Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA) in affiliation with University of Pennsylvania
Goal: Planning for a traveling exhibition, a web exhibition, a publication, and programs on the Maya city of Copán.
Description: The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) will mount the traveling exhibition, The Ancient Maya City - an innovative exploration of the Classic city of Copan and its dynamic social history. Six themes encompassing contemporary Maya cities, their archaeological predecessors, and the lives of their residents will structure the exhibition display, web exhibition, accompanying catalogue and educational resources. Scheduled to open at Penn Museum in 2012 then travel to additional venues in the United States, the exhibition will involve the creative use of interactive digital technologies to engage visitors in the process of discovering the relevance of Maya history in our contemporary world. The exhibition is a formal collaboration between Penn Museum, the Honduran government???s Instituto Hondure??o de Antropolog??a e Historia, and Harvard University???s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
Grant: 194596 / GE-50083-09, Category: Anthropology, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Imagining a New Deal: A Documentary Portrait of Ohio
Recipient: (Columbus, OH 43215 USA) in affiliation with Ohio Humanities Council (Columbus, OH 43215-3857 USA)
Goal: Planning for a traveling panel exhibition, curriculum materials, education programs, and a website exploring the impact of the Great Depression and the New Deal on Ohioans using Farm Security Administration photographs taken in Ohio.
Description: The Ohio Humanities Council seeks a planning grant to engage Ohioans in an exploration of the impact of the Great Depression and the New Deal in Ohio. Using Farm Security Administration photographs made in Ohio as a starting point, the Council seeks to incorporate research from regional and national archives, local history collections, a rephotographic survey, exhibits, and teacher resources. The planning grant will be used to assist with research, consultation, and pilot programs for a statewide project observing the 75th anniversary of the New Deal.
Grant: 194616 / GE-50103-09, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Georgia Capitol History Project
Recipient: (Atlanta, GA 30303 USA) in affiliation with Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.
Goal: Planning of digital multimedia tours interpreting the social and political history of the Georgia State Capitol and its grounds within regional and national contexts.
Description: The Georgia Capitol History Project proposes to plan for the implementation of an interpretative program that uses the Georgia State Capitol as a site for history and public memory. The grant will be used (1)to develop a series of historical narratives for digital programs that can be used to tell stories of state and national history that have taken place in the building; (2)to select a portable electronic device (PED), which can be programmed with multimedia and multi-leveled accounts of historical events and used by visitors at specific sites of history in the Capitol and on its grounds; (3)to plan a series of podcasts that do the same and can be available via cell phones and activated at sites in and around the Capitol; and (4)to plan for the addition of site-specific narratives for use in the virtual tour of the building via the Georgia Capitol web site. With an annual visitorship of 700,000, there is a large potential audience for the varied histories.
Grant: 196970 / GE-50167-09, Category: Interdisciplinary, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Norman Bel Geddes: American Designer
Recipient: (Austin, TX 78713-7219 USA) in affiliation with University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712 USA)
Goal: Planning of an exhibition on how American culture and lifestyle have been shaped and influenced by the theatrical and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958).
Description: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin requests $39,609 to plan the exhibition Norman Bel Geddes: American Designer (working title) which will demonstrate how American culture and the American lifestyle have been shaped and influenced by the theatrical and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958). Bel Geddes is most closely associated with popularizing and applying the principles of streamlining to the design of everyday objects, ranging from soda siphons to automobiles, yet his influence ranges far more widely, impacting disciplines as seemingly disassociated as the arts and urban planning. Given the range and breadth of Bel Geddes???s accomplishments and influence, a retrospective of his career, documenting the way his vision has shaped American life, is long overdue.
Grant: 196948 / GE-50145-09, Category: American Studies, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Identities in Brick and Stone: Society and the Built Environment on the Mississippi
Recipient: (Winona, MN 55987-3434 USA) in affiliation with Winona County Historical Society, Inc. (Winona, MN 55987 USA)
Goal: Planning for a long-term exhibition, audio walking tours, and a website on the built environment in Winona County, Minnesota.
Description: The Winona County Historical Society will use NEH funding to plan and develop the content and interpretive approach of an exhibit on the built environment of Winona County which will anchor its expanded exhibit space. The exhibit will include ???soundseeing??? tours and a wiki site capturing user generated memories of specific places. By focusing on the creation of the built environment in the decades after the Civil War, it will illustrate major themes in the history of American expansion. Drawing on scholarship which explores how social relations are imbedded in the built environment, the exhibit will examine how diverse citizens expressed their individual and collective identities through the creation of the urban landscape of the city of Winona and the rural farmsteads of the county. The exhibit will also survey the ways in which attitudes towards buildings change, leading to contemporary conflicts about whether they should be preserved or destroyed.
Grant: 194599 / GE-50086-09, Category: Architecture, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Uptown Downtown Digital Interpretation Planning Project
Recipient: (Chattanooga, TN 37403 USA) in affiliation with Hunter Museum of American Art
Goal: Development of a digital interpretation plan for the Hunter Museum of Art's Uptown Downtown gallery.
Description: The Hunter seeks to develop a humanities-based, digital interpretation plan for the Museum???s Uptown Downtown Gallery. This gallery, comprised of early twentieth century paintings and works on paper, focuses on the theme of immigration and its many ramifications on that period. The Uptown Downtown Digital Interpretation Planning Project will allow the Hunter to gather, organize and classify in-depth, multi-media information using the stories and history illustrated by the works in this gallery. Advisors will assist the Hunter in identifying and gathering appropriate scholarship and determining the best way to present this information to visitors in an interactive digital format. It will also build institutional capacity by allowing the Hunter Museum to establish a foundation for an ongoing digital archive and a framework for the interpretation of other galleries.
Grant: 196967 / GE-50164-09, Category: Art History and Criticism, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
City at Sea: An Intrepid Interpretive Guide
Recipient: (New York, NY 10036-4103 USA) in affiliation with Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (New York, NY 10036 USA)
Goal: Planning of long-term, multimedia exhibition elements about how the diverse crew of the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid lived and worked together and participated in world events from 1943 to 1969.
Description: "City at Sea: An Intrepid Interpretive Guide" is a long-term exhibition project that will bring to life, for museum visitors, the restored historic spaces aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's historic aircraft carrier, the former USS Intrepid. "City at Sea" will explore the history of the Intrepid through the eyes of the ship's crew, presenting a balanced interpretation that unfolds within the historic interiors where sailors lived and worked. The interpretation of the Intrepid's restored spaces will focus on four significant moments that illustrate the ship's contributions to American and world history throughout her long career in the Navy (1943-74). A self-guided tour through the ship, "City at Sea" will illustrate how the Intrepid's crew members experienced and participated in significant moments in twentieth-century history.
Grant: 196956 / GE-50153-09, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Galileo, the Medici, and the Age of Astronomy
Recipient: (Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA) in affiliation with Franklin Institute Science Museum
Grant: 196621 / GE-50132-09, Category: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Villa Firenze and the Italian Embassy: Art and Artifacts
Lincoln in New York
Recipient: Mirrer, Louise (New York, NY 10024 USA) in affiliation with New-York Historical Society
Goal: Planning for a temporary exhibition, a catalog, a website on Abraham Lincoln and his relationship to New York City, and a traveling nine-panel exhibition that would circulate nationwide.
Description: The New-York Historical Society will organize and install "Lincoln in New York," a major interpretive exhibition and national traveling component that will explore for the very first time how America's flourishing media and financial capital--also a center of Northern pro-slavery sentiment and anti-Lincoln Democratic politics--contributed to and influenced Lincoln's poltical rise, his prosecution of the Civil War, his decisions on emancipation and African-American enlistment, and ultimately Lincoln's place in history. The exhibition will present more than 100 objects, including original artifacts, iconic images, period newspapers, original paintings and sculpture, and hand-written period documents. The traveling component will feature text panels, facsimiles of objects and documents, selected original works from the Society's collections, and media components, including an introductory film and audio-visual presentations of speeches and the media creation of national candidates.
Grant: 191852 / GE-50081-08, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2008