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AMST 457

The museum as a complex site of meaning-making…

AMST 457/ART 481: Museum Interpretations

Summer 1 (online)

What do museums do? Who are museums for and how and what do they help us to see? In this class, we will examine various cultural and socio-political aspects of museums to understand not only how museums are influenced by society, but also how museums have an influence upon society. Through the lens of race, gender, sexuality, colonialism, and disability, we will attend to the ways the museum is a complex site of meaning-making as well as the ways in which these meanings have been contested, reframed, and protested.

This course will take place entirely online, and our Google Classroom site will serve as our virtual classroom. As an intensive 6-week online course, students are expected to participate in discussion threads on a weekly basis, coordinate with classmates to do group activities, and be an active member of our online community.

Fulfills the general education requirements: DH, WI

About the Instructor
Billie Lee is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and educator who has taught in museums, public schools, and universities. Her current research concerns art, pedagogy, and social change.

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 22 – June 30, 2017
  • Summer 2
    July 3 – August 11, 2017
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 22 – August 11, 2017

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 7
    UHM Continuing
    March 8
    New or Visiting
    March 14

Questions? Contact Us

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Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7221