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GI-285309-22

Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY 10019-6106)
Elissa Auther (Project Director: August 2021 to present)
Craft Front and Center: A Permanent Exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design

Implementation for a permanent exhibition exploring the role of the studio craft movement in postwar American history and culture.

Craft Front and Center is a permanent exhibition featuring the Museum’s collection that highlights the multiple historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts for craft in the post-World War II era. This is the first permanent exhibition for the museum. The goals of the exhibition are to anchor the museum visit in a cohesive narrative and introduce audiences to the history of craft as a diverse movement rooted in an egalitarian ethos, providing a picture of craft as a multi-faceted and vital part of American history, culture, and society. The project will begin 05/01/2022 and end on 12/31/2023.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$377,364 (approved)
$377,364 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2022 – 12/31/2023


GI-285316-22

College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA 01610-2395)
Amanda Luyster (Project Director: August 2021 to present)
The Crusades and the Chertsey Combat Tiles: A Medieval Masterpiece Reconstructed

Implementation for a temporary, single-site exhibition in 2023 exploring the history of the thirteenth-century Chertsey Abbey floor tiles in the context of war and cultural exchange of the Crusades.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; Medieval Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2022 – 8/31/2023


GI-285414-22

Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, MD 21201-5185)
Christine Sciacca (Project Director: August 2021 to present)
Ethiopia at the Crossroads

Implementation for a traveling exhibition exploring the art and visual culture of Ethiopia as a geographic crossroads from antiquity to the present, including public programs and a catalog.

This project supports "Ethiopia at the Crossroads," a landmark international loan exhibition that celebrates the artistic traditions of Ethiopia from antiquity to the present. Opening at the Walters Art Museum in Fall 2024, this exhibition will explore the cultural significance and humanistic legacy of Ethiopia, from the earliest prehistoric origins through today. This will be the first major art exhibition in America to examine Ethiopian art in a global context by examining how Ethiopia embodies the idea of "crossroads" geographically, historically, and culturally. Accompanied by interpretive experiences in the galleries, contemporary art installations, a dynamic suite of public programs, and a field-leading scholarly publication, "Ethiopia at the Crossroads" will enrich scholars and the public alike with a greater understanding of the complex exchange of visual culture between Ethiopia and the world.

Project fields:
African History; Art History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$396,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2022 – 4/30/2024


GI-285466-22

Historic St. Mary's City Commission (St. Mary's City, MD 20686-0039)
Regina M. Faden (Project Director: August 2021 to present)
Storytellers and ADA Assistive Technology

Production of three Storyteller kiosks as part of the Maryland Heritage Interpretive Center orientation exhibition and exhibition-wide ADA assistive technology.

The project includes production of three interactive interpretive elements called Storytellers to ensure diverse and inclusive history is presented. To assist in the development of the exhibition content that is fully representative of all the lived experiences of people on the site, the HSMCC will partner with community collaborators and humanities scholars. The project includes ADA assistive technology to enhance accessibility for those visitors who are blind or visually impaired by creating Visual Descriptions of the interactives that can be accessed by the visitor through technologies embedded in the exhibition or a personal cellphone.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$315,150 (approved)
$315,150 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2022 – 3/31/2024


GI-278045-21

Jewish Museum (New York, NY 10128-0118)
Claudia Gould (Project Director: August 2020 to present)
Revisiting New York: 1962-64

Implementation of a temporary exhibition exploring the cultural, historical, and aesthetic shifts in American art from 1962–64.

The Jewish Museum will present the temporary exhibition “Revisiting New York: 1962-64” from July 22, 2022 to January 8, 2023. This large scale project, encompassing two floors of the Museum, will provide a comprehensive overview of the three-year period from 1962-64, a time that saw a radical shift in American art, history, and global culture. The show will critically examine the development of the New York art world against this backdrop, highlighting how artists across the cultural landscape interacted with the changing city around them and demonstrating how their work was inextricably tied to this broader context. To accompany the exhibition, the Museum will produce a robust schedule of related programming for students, families, visitors with disabilities, and the general public. A scholarly catalogue, co-published by Yale University Press, will lay the groundwork for future research on this topic, and an accompanying audio guide will further enrich exhibition content.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2023


GI-278237-21

Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA 01609-3196)
Jeffrey Louis Forgeng (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Implementation of the Worcester Art Museum's Arms and Armor Galleries

Implementation of the reinstallation of a permanent collection of medieval arms and armor, including open storage, a visible conservation lab, and a study center.

The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) seeks renewed support from the NEH to assist with the final design and installation of its new permanent 5,000 sq. ft. Arms and Armor Galleries. Featuring almost the entirety of WAM’s 2,000-object Higgins Collection of arms and armor, the galleries will emphasize accessibility, empowering visitors of diverse ages, backgrounds, and a broad spectrum of abilities, to curate their own experience in exploring the stores embodied in these alluring objects. The installation will be multisensory and multimedia to accommodate different learning styles, and will highlight the multiple thematic lenses through which these objects can be understood. The underlying humanities themes shaping the installation include the contrast between the seemingly pragmatic purpose of these objects and their complex functions, and the meaning of their enduring power as symbols today even though they are no longer in actual use.

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Project fields:
Arts, General; Medieval Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2024


GI-278241-21

Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN 46206-3000)
Jennifer Pace-Robinson (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Emmett Till's Journey Home: A Story of Racism that Shocked a Nation

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on Emmett Till, whose lynching at the age of 14 in 1955 was a major turning point in the civil rights movement.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Museum), together with the Emmett Till Interpretive Center (ETIC), requests a grant of $400,000 from the NEH to create the traveling exhibition, "Emmett Till’s Journey Home: A Story of Racism that Shocked a Nation" (tentative title) in partnership with the Till family and notable Till scholars. Featuring a vandalized Emmett Till historical marker that represents the ongoing challenges of racism in the United States, the traveling exhibition will tell the story of 14-year-old Emmett Till and his racially motivated 1955 murder, which sparked the civil rights movement and inspired a generation of young activists. By focusing on the story of one child, Emmett, the exhibition will make the difficult topic of the nation’s long history of racism accessible for family audiences, fostering dialogue and, as a result, inspiring families to take action to address modern-day racism in their own communities.

Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2023


GI-280309-21

Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Lauren M. Ristvet (Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Eastern Mediterranean Gallery

Implementation of a reinstallation of a permanent exhibition on the art and artifacts of ancient Eastern Mediterranean cultures and peoples from the Late Bronze Age (1,500 B.C.) to the Roman Period (1,000 A.D.).

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) requests a $400,000 exhibitions implementation grant to install a 2,000-square-foot permanent gallery to showcase collections from the Levant and the Eastern Mediterranean. The Penn Museum holds one of the finest collections of ancient objects from the Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, and the Palestinian Territories in the world, with most of the collection coming from Penn''s own excavations. Much of this excavated material has never before been on display. Scheduled to open in fall 2022, the Eastern Mediterranean: Cultures, Conflict, and Creativity Gallery will introduce the Museum''s pioneering research and rich collections to public audiences.

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023


GI-280405-21

Boston Children's Museum (Boston, MA 02210-1016)
Kate Marciniec (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Our City: Building Kindness and Empathy

Implementation of a 3,500-square-foot permanent exhibition exploring the diversity of identity through religion, history, and art.

Our City: Building Kindness and Empathy, a 3,500 square foot permanent exhibit at Boston Children’s Museum, invites children and their caregivers to think deeply about issues faced daily in a diverse society. Envisioned as a collaborative and dialogue-rich experience, this exhibit offers a welcoming, multisensory environment where families with young children can connect around music, food, family traditions and beliefs, visual art and design, history and political thought, and in doing so, surface questions of identity, cultural and social diversity, bias, and equity. Humanities scholars from the disciplines of religion, art, history, music, and philosophy have enriched the exhibit content, approach, experiences, and aesthetics. The Our City design team is translating their depth of knowledge into innovative methods for addressing the complex themes of identity, multiculturalism and diversity, and equity in ways that are meaningful for children 4-10 years old and their caregivers.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023


GI-280460-21

Ball State University (Muncie, IN 47306-1022)
Christine K. Thompson (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
St. Clair's Defeat Revisited: A New View of the Conflict Traveling Exhibit

Implementation of a traveling panel exhibition examining the legacy of the victory of a coalition of Native American tribes over the U.S. Army at the battle of St. Clair’s Defeat on November 4, 1791.

Ball State University, Applied Anthropology Laboratories (AAL), and the Ohio History Connection request a traveling Exhibitions Implementation grant to implement St. Clair's Defeat Revisited: A New View of the Conflict, a traveling exhibition that will be displayed at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, Ohio, and then travel to Northeastern Oklahoma (NEO) A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma, to The History Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and to a fourth performance site to be determined. The format of A New View will include both museum exhibits and associated public presentations by tribal Humanities Scholars and American Indian tribal citizens. A two-year Position in Public Humanities (PiPH) is included in this request. In addition to organizing the presentation series, the PiPH will create an exhibit guide and a K-12 curriculum guide to be used with the traveling exhibit.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Military History; Native American Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 8/31/2025


GI-278252-21

New-York Historical Society (New York, NY 10024-5152)
Marci Reaven (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Acts of Faith: Religion and the American West National Traveling Exhibition

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on the religious aspects of westward expansion in the nineteenth century.

"Acts of Faith: Religion and the American West" is an expansive, multi-format traveling exhibit and educational initiative that will premiere in New York from September 2022 through February 2023 and then embark on a multi-venue national tour beginning with our primary institutional partner, the Eiteljorg Museum. Deploying a wide range of artifacts, art, historical documents, photographs, and ephemera from museums and collections across the country, this immersive exhibit will engage hundreds of thousands of visitors in an exploration of the religious dimensions of westward expansion in the United States during the long 19th century and how that history continues to shape our culture today. Secondary formats include a virtual exhibition, audio and digital content, live and virtual public programming, evergreen K-12 curriculum materials, a family gallery guide, and a discussion kit to support community conversations will support the engagement of a broad and diverse national audience.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$650,000 (approved)
$650,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2024


GI-278264-21

Colorado History Museum; History Colorado (Denver, CO 80203-2109)
Shannon Voirol (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
The Sand Creek Massacre Exhibition

Implementation of a permanent exhibition about the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal members.

History Colorado respectfully requests an implementation grant to support the construction of Sand Creek Massacre, a five-year minimum, permanent exhibition at the History Colorado Center in Denver. Our staff are developing the exhibition in partnership with three tribes: Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Northern Arapaho Tribe, and Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. On November 29, 1864, U.S. federal troops attacked a peaceful camp of Cheyenne and Arapaho who, at the direction of Colorado’s governor, were lawfully occupying the land along the Sand Creek on southeastern Colorado’s plains. Under Colonel John Chivington's command, the troops murdered more than 230 women, children, and elders as they tried to run for safety. This exhibition will be the first in the U.S. to share the culturally vetted history of the massacre through the voices of Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal members.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2023


GI-278280-21

Chicago History Museum (Chicago, IL 60614-6038)
Kris Nesbitt (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Fire! The Great Chicago Fire at 150

Implementation of a permanent exhibition and accompanying public programs analyzing how the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 shaped the city.

The Chicago History Museum requests support for a landmark permanent exhibition revives the story of the Great Chicago Fire 150 years after it ravaged the city in 1871. CHM will draw on extensive resources to translate our humanities scholarship for children in our target age group of 7-13 and their adults. Comprehensive front-end research on serving family audiences in the history museum setting, an unparalleled collection of artifacts and primary source documents from the Great Fire, and institutional and scholarly expertise on a topic with proven appeal across generations position us for success. The exhibition, its programs and media will support three experience goals: 1) Connect visitors and program participants to the history and relevance of the Great Chicago Fire; 2) Inspire civic and social-emotional learning among youth through historical inquiry 3) Foster intergenerational engagement with intellectually and emotionally resonant historical content.

Project fields:
U.S. History; Urban History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$376,503 (approved)
$376,503 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 10/31/2024


GI-278303-21

Para la Naturaleza, Inc. (San Juan, PR 00902-3554)
Ivonne Sanabria (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Flora Borinqueniana: Three Centuries of Botanical Illustrations

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on the history, science, and politics of botanical illustrations of Puerto Rican flora.

Para la Naturaleza (PLN), an operational unit of The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, seeks support in the amount of $290,750 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Public Humanities Projects Program, for the Exhibition: Flora Borinqueniana: Three Centuries of Botanical Illustrations. This is an exhibition of traveling nature under the Implementation Category of the program. Through botanical illustrations, historic documents and objects from the 18th to the 20th centuries, the exhibition fuses art, history, science, politics, education and culture to explore how the story of the acquisition of knowledge and understanding about Puerto Rico’s natural surroundings informs the history of modern Puerto Rico as a whole.

Project fields:
History of Science; History, General; Latin American History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$290,750 (approved)
$290,750 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 12/31/2023


GI-278325-21

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Simone J. Wicha (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America

Implementation of a single-site, temporary exhibition on the relationships between secular and liturgical garments and the art of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Latin America.

The Blanton Museum of Art respectfully requests $100,000 in support of our upcoming 2021 exhibition, "Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America". "Painted Cloth" is organized by Rosario I. Granados, the Blanton’s Marilynn Thoma Associate Curator, Art of the Spanish Americas, and explores the production and meaning of garments used in civil and religious settings across Latin America in the late 1600s and 1700s. There are approximately seventy-seven works in the exhibition (from paintings, to sculptures, prints, furniture and garments), with twenty drawn from the Blanton’s permanent collection, and upon installation will take up the entirety of the Blanton’s temporary exhibition galleries (approximately 8,000 square feet).

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$99,999 (approved)
$99,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 1/30/2023


GI-278330-21

Academy Foundation (Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1972)
Doris Berger (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971

Implementation of an exhibition exploring the history of African American representation in cinema.

To support the implementation phase of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures temporary exhibition, Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971. Opening in February 2022, the exhibition explores the visual culture of Black cinema in its manifold expressions, from its early days to just after the civil rights movement, with a goal to redefine U.S. film history by elevating these underrepresented aspects of artistic production and presenting a more inclusive story. Regeneration is co-curated by Doris Berger, head of curatorial affairs at the Academy Museum, and Rhea L. Combs, supervisory museum curator, photography & film at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and will be the first exhibition of its kind—a research-driven, in-depth look at Black participation in American filmmaking.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 10/31/2022


GI-278338-21

University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (Lawrence, KS 66045-3101)
Saralyn Reece Hardy (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Revisioning the Spencer Museum of Art’s Collection Galleries

Implementation of a thematic reinstallation of the permanent collection at the Spencer Museum of Art.

The revisioning of the Spencer Museum of Art's collection galleries will expand the diversity of cultures and identities represented in these exhibitions, center the experiences and comfort of visitors, and foster sustained inquiries into broad humanistic themes. The resulting exhibitions will be organized around four overlapping themes exploring ideas of intersections, empowerment, displacement, and illumination. These new thematic exhibitions will rebalance the collection galleries to showcase a breadth of mediums and foreground works of art by Black, Indigenous, and other artists of color and by women. An award from the National Endowment for the Humanities would provide critical support for continued community involvement in the realization of the project, as well as for casework, seating, production and installation, and evaluation of these fully reinstalled collection galleries across their first three years on view (2022-2025).

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2025


GI-278350-21

Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN 55404-3506)
Robert Thomas Cozzolino (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art

Implementation of a traveling exhibit examining the expression of supernatural and otherworldly ideas in American art.

The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts (dba Minneapolis Institute of Art, or Mia) respectfully requests an exhibition implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support "Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art." This exhibition, its accompanying publication and public programs will broadly examine the centrality of otherworldly concerns and the spectral imagination to American artists. Featuring approximately 170 objects from well-known artists as well as those never before exhibited in museums, the exhibition has been developed with input from a broad advisory group, including artists, academics, and community members. Objects will include paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, Spiritualist material culture, and video. "Supenatural America" is organized by Mia and will be shown at the Toledo Museum of Art and Speed Art Museum before its finale and closing presentation at Mia.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


GI-278351-21

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA 90036-4504)
Linda Komaroff (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Dining with the Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting at the Islamic Courts

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on the arts of Islamic courtly dining culture from the eighth through the nineteenth centuries, including a catalog and public programs.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art requests a $400,000 grant to support the implementation of Dining with the Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting at the Islamic Courts, premiering at LACMA April - September 2023 before traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Organized by Dr. Linda Komaroff, Curator of Islamic Art, Dining with the Sultan will be the first museum exhibition to explore Islamic visual culture in the context of its related culinary and dining traditions. The exhibition will include more than 200 works from 25 public and private collections spanning the 8th through 19th centuries, including metalwork, ceramics, enameled glass, textiles, and illustrated manuscripts depicting food preparation and dining. Along with its catalogue and programming, Dining with the Sultan will make important contributions to scholarship in multiple humanities fields and will increase audiences’ understanding of the art and culture of the Islamic world and its diverse peoples and traditions.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2021 – 6/30/2025


GI-280462-21

Morgan Library and Museum (New York, NY 10016-3405)
John McQuillen (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Holbein: Capturing Character

Implementation for a temporary exhibition examining the portraiture of Northern Renaissance artist Hans Holbein the Younger (Augsberg, 1497/98–London, 1543).

"Holbein: Capturing Character" explores the construction of personal identity in the Renaissance through the portraiture of Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98–1543). Didactic in nature, Holbein's works reflect the personal relationships and rich cultural exchanges between painters and civic communities during a time when humanism and the arts became closely intertwined in Northern Europe. On view February 11 through May 15, 2022, this two-gallery exhibition will investigate how Holbein visually and intellectually represented the personal identity of his sitters through many of his most famous paintings, drawings, and prints, as well as works by his contemporaries and other objects. This will be the first monographic exhibition on the famous artist in nearly 40 years and the largest single collection of his works ever publicly exhibited in the United States. Accompanying the presentation will be a variety of engaging public programs and a fully illustrated catalogue.

[Grant products]

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; European History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023


GI-280483-21

Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL 61801-3620)
Allyson Purpura (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Kasia Szremski (Co Project Director: August 2021 to present)
Ancient Andean Art Gallery Re-installation Implementation

Implementation of a reinterpretation of the museum’s permanent gallery of Andean art and the creation of a digital portal allowing deeper exploration of the collection.

Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign requests a $400,000 Implementation Grant for the reinstallation of its internationally acclaimed collection of ancient and colonial Andean art.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023


GI-271394-20

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA 94102-4734)
Forrest McGill (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Asian Art Museum’s "Dance in the Arts of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayan Region" Exhibition

Implementation of a traveling exhibition about dance in the arts, culture, and religion of the Indian cultural sphere.

“Dance in the Arts of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayan Region” (working title) will use the accessible and engaging subject of dance as an entry point to encourage visitors to explore key humanities themes—including religion, power, gender, sexuality, and cultural continuity—as they relate to and are expressed through the arts and cultures of this region. Dance is everywhere in artworks from this geographic area and is seen to possess enormous power. Dance can not only convey the most profound religious, spiritual, and social messages, but potentially can disrupt or invigorate the world. “Dance” will feature approximately 125 artworks spanning 2,000 years from different mediums and cultures; interpretive and explanatory materials; and complementary education and public programs. Altogether, this project (starting 9/1/2020 and ending 10/31/2022) will invite visitors to better understand the immense power of dance in the region and its ability to convey and create meaning.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Nonwestern Religion; South Asian Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 7/31/2023


GI-271419-20

Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA 01002-3375)
David Mazower (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Yiddish: A Global Culture

Implementation of a permanent exhibition of Yiddish language and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present.

The year 2020 will be the Yiddish Book Center’s fortieth anniversary. To mark the occasion, we are creating the world’s first permanent exhibit to explore the extraordinary range of literature, theater and music created in Yiddish since the late 19th century. Yiddish: A Global Culture will illuminate this vibrant and cosmopolitan world through a rich mix of photographs, historic objects and the Center’s unparalleled collections of Yiddish books. Most Jewish museums treat Yiddish culture as a marginal phenomenon. By contrast, our exhibition will place it at the heart of the modern Jewish story - a sophisticated, transnational culture that has continued reinventing itself into the present day. We will show women as prominent creators and consumers of this culture, and the importance of migration and exile as formative experiences for both writers and readers. Using the vast resources of the Center’s physical holdings, as well as our digital collections of audio recordings, oral histories

Project fields:
Jewish Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 10/31/2023


GI-269526-20

Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA 01262-9702)
Mary Berle (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom

Implementation of an exhibition based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms series at the Norman Rockwell Museum. 

This exhibition implementation project builds upon the success of a traveling exhibit, Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms. The project includes an adapted temporary exhibit, Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms, the distribution of 100 "Civic Citizens" mini-exhibits to libraries with a goal of reaching underserved audiences in all 50 states, digital resources and humanities lectures by national thought leaders available live and virtually. With partners American Library Association and Tanglewood Learning Institute, this project will engage communities across the country in collaborative discussions and participation in community projects, leading to deeper knowledge of civics. The project uses Rockwell's Four Freedoms as points of access to increase understanding of democracy and universal freedoms, and to introduce new audiences to humanities topics. The anticipated project reach is 2 million people.

Project fields:
American Government; American Studies; Cultural History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 12/31/2021


GI-269527-20

Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN 46206-3000)
Jennifer Pace-Robinson (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Power of Children: Making A Difference "Malala's World"

Implementation of a fourth story, Malala’s World, within the existing permanent exhibition The Power of Children: Making a Difference

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (Museum) proposes the addition of “Malala’s World” to expand the permanent exhibit entitled The Power of Children: Making A Difference. Through this project, the Museum will build upon its groundbreaking and successful permanent exhibit by adding the inspirational story of Malala Yousafzai, a young girl from Pakistan who advocated for and continues to support education and equality under the threat of the Taliban. In 2014, Malala was awarded the Nobel Prize for her advocacy efforts. Since opening in 2007, over 3.5 million children and their families and 250,000 students have visited The Power of Children: Making A Difference exhibit. Additionally, 67,578 have visited the traveling version in locations across the United States.

Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 9/30/2022


GI-269616-20

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, OK 73111-7906)
Eric Singleton (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on the artifacts discovered at Spiro Mounds and the history and people of the Mississippian world.

The goal of exhibition is to share the history of the Spiro culture from its humble beginnings to its rise as one of the premier cultural sites in all of North America. The Spiro people, and their Mississippian peers, are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional societies in all of the Americas. This exhibition explores the archaeological and historical data connecting the Spiro site to other communities throughout North and Central America, discusses the Spiroan community and religious activities, and highlights the enduring legacy of Native Americans today who are descended from Mississippian cultural groups. This 200-object exhibition will include a publication, symposium, and website, all of which was developed in collaboration with the Caddo Nation, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, and scholars from over a dozen universities and museums from across the United States.

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Project fields:
Native American Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 8/31/2022


GI-269659-20

Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI 53202-4018)
Brandon Ruud (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Americans in Spain

Implementation of a traveling exhibition that explores the influence of Spanish art and culture on American painting during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Americans in Spain (working title) is the first major exhibition to present to a large audience the widespread influence of Spanish art and culture on American painting during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Organized by MAM and the Chrysler Museum of Art (CMA), the exhibition is currently scheduled to travel to two venues. Curators at both museums have worked closely with esteemed scholars to examine an underexplored moment in history when many of America’s most prominent artists traveled to Spain for training. Americans in Spain focuses on a time when both countries were undergoing significant shifts in power, culture, and worldviews. The exhibition sheds light on the how the political, economic, and cultural conditions affected how the artists experienced Spain and shaped their work. This close look at the artists’ sojourns brings light to an understudied aspect of American art and provides a rich opportunity to expand the understanding of American visual culture.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Cultural History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 12/31/2021


GI-269665-20

Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, IL 60605-2827)
William Arthur Parkinson (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
First Kings of Europe: The Emergence of Hierarchy in the Prehistoric Balkans

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on the evolution of hierarchy in prehistoric southeastern Europe.

The Field Museum requests support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the implementation of a traveling exhibition—tentatively titled First Kings of Europe: The Emergence of Hierarchy in the Prehistoric Balkans—about the evolution of hierarchy in prehistoric southeastern Europe. Featuring some of the most compelling archaeological finds from the Neolithic period, Copper Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age, First Kings will tell the story of how small, autonomous, farming communities of the Neolithic evolved into centralized, hierarchical, and bureaucratic states during the Iron Age, approximately 8,000-2,500 years ago.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Arts, Other

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$399,357 (approved)
$399,357 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 5/31/2023


GI-269669-20

Portland Museum of Art (Portland, ME 04101-3802)
Diana Greenwold (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Mythmakers: The Art of Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington

Implementation of a traveling exhibition exploring the lives and sociocultural impacts of painter Winslow Homer (1836–1910) and painter and sculptor Frederic Remington (1861–1909) on fin-de-siècle America. 

With more than fifty paintings, watercolors, illustrations, and sculptures, Mythmakers: The Art of Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington, brings together many of Homer and Remington’s most iconic oil paintings, watercolors, and sculptures to examine how each embodied a quintessential American identity for audiences at the turn of the century. This timely and vital project explores the ways in which Homer’s late marine seascapes and Remington’s visions of the Western plains responded to profound cultural and social changes in the United States in the late 19th-century, and how these linkages resonate in contemporary society.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 5/31/2021


GI-269678-20

Concord Museum (Concord, MA 01742-3701)
Thomas J. Putnam (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Concord: At the Center of Revolution

Implementation of a new permanent, 6,000-square-foot exhibition, education materials, and public programs exploring the history of Concord in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

The Concord Museum requests a $400,000 Public Humanities implementation grant to support the design, fabrication, and installation of a new permanent 6,000 sq. ft. exhibition, "Concord: At the Center of Revolution", and the development of dynamic related educational programming. This new interpretation addresses the NEH’s special encouragement to “consider the impact – both immediate and long term – of the momentous events of 1776” and to “advance civic education and knowledge of America’s core principles of government.” Grounded in new humanities scholarship, the exhibition will increase the Museum’s capacity to engage a range of adult visitors, families, and K-12 audiences with Concord’s history and its relevance to the present.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 8/31/2021


GI-269686-20

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA 90036-4504)
Diana Magaloni (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Portable Universe/El Universo en tus Manos: Thought and Splendor of Indigenous Colombia

Implementation of a 10,000-square-foot traveling exhibition on the art of Colombia from 500 BCE to 1600 CE.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) respectfully requests a $400,000 implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support "Portable Universe/El Universo en tus Manos: Thought and Splendor of Indigenous Colombia," a traveling exhibition on view in Los Angeles (October 31, 2021-February 20, 2022) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (June 20-September 19, 2021). Portable Universe will be the first comprehensive exhibition and in-depth investigation into the art of ancient Colombia in 20 years and will bring together approximately 400 objects spanning all major pre-Columbian cultures of Colombia from 500 BCE to 1600 CE. Curated by Dr. Diana Magaloni, Deputy Director, Program Director & Dr. Virginia Fields Curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas, and Director of Conservation,and Dr. Julia Burtenshaw, Assistant Curator, Art of the Ancient Americas,it will be accompanied by a catalogue and an array of interpretive humanities and educational programs.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 5/31/2023


GI-271433-20

National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, Inc. (New York, NY 10281-2103)
Clifford Chanin (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Traveling Exhibition and Public Programming to 20 Libraries Across the United States in Recognition of the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Implementation of a panel exhibition, public programming, and librarian training for twenty libraries across the country.

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 were a world historical event that resulted in the largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest loss of rescue personnel in a single event in American history. In 2021, America will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks. In recognition of this significant marker of generational change and, as individuals now on the cusp of adulthood have no lived memory of that September morning, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, in partnership with the American Library Association, will employ an exhibition and public programming to travel to 20 libraries around the country from January 2021 through December 2022. The project will lay out the events of September 11, 2001, its historical precursors, and its continuing legacy for contemporary society, while encouraging libraries to create programming that will explore connections between 9/11 and their local communities.

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Project fields:
American Studies; Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$199,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 12/31/2022


GI-271448-20

San Antonio Museum of Art (San Antonio, TX 78209-6396)
Jessica Powers (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Art, Nature, and Myth in Ancient Rome

Implementation of a temporary exhibition about landscape imagery in Roman art from the late Republic and early Empire.

"Art, Nature and Myth in Ancient Rome" will be the first exhibition in the United States to explore the wealth of landscape imagery in ancient Roman art. Our audiences' engagement with this striking genre will concentrate on three humanities themes: Human Engagement with Roman Landscapes, Roman Landscapes in Context, and Landscapes in Roman Art. Presented at the San Antonio Museum of Art from October 2021 to January 2022, the exhibition will present approximately 65 works, including wall paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and cameo glass and silver vessels. The proposed checklist features important works from the Vatican Museums and five Italian lenders, many of which have never before been exhibited in the United States. The project received an NEH exhibition planning grant (2018), and we are now requesting an implementation grant to support the shipping and installation of the international and domestic loans, which are essential to conveying the exhibition’s humanities themes.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Art History and Criticism; Classical History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023


GI-271495-20

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR 72712-4947)
Jen Padgett (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Crafting America

Implementation of a traveling exhibition highlighting American craft since 1940.

A fresh perspective on American craft from the 1940s to today, Crafting America presents a bold statement on the past, present, and future relevance of craft to American identity. Featuring over 100 objects, this traveling exhibition showcases work in ceramics, glass, metal, fiber, wood, and other media. The exhibition traces skilled making across boundaries and asserts the vital role of craft in American history and culture since World War II. The intertwined nature of craft and American experience are foregrounded by the exhibition’s thematic structure, exploring the ideas of Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness. This framework examines craft as an inherently democratic form, one that enables individuals from diverse backgrounds to realize the nation’s founding ideals in a broad and more inclusive way.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2022


GI-271498-20

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Margo Smith (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Implementation of the Traveling Exhibition "Madayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala" and Associated Programs

Implementation of a traveling exhibition about the art, culture, and environment of the Yolngu people of northern Australia.

Madayin is a traveling exhibition that will immerse visitors in the art, culture and environment of the Yolngu people of tropical northern Australia. For millenia, Yolngu have painted sacred designs on their bodies and ceremonial objects. With the arrival of missionaries and anthropologists in 1935, they turned to eucalyptus bark to express the richness and complexity of their knowledge system to outsiders. The result was an outpouring of creativity that continues to this day as artists find innovative ways to express their worldview across cultures. A unique collaboration between Yolngu curators from Yirrkala and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA, Madayin presents the history of bark painting from a Yolngu perspective. Featuring more than 100 works produced between 1935-2019, it showcases eight decades of one of Australia’s most unique contributions to global art and culture, while exposing American audiences to a complex alternative way of viewing our shared planet.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Cultural Anthropology; Folklore and Folklife

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 12/31/2023


GI-269688-20

Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO 80204-2788)
Victoria I. Lyall (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Malinche as Metaphor Traveling Exhibition

Implementation of an exhibition on the legacy of Malinche (died, 1529), an indigenous Mexican Gulf Coast woman who was the explorer Hernando Cortés’ translator, cultural interpreter, and mistress during the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire (1519–21).

The Denver Art Museum (DAM), in collaboration with the Fowler Museum at UCLA, will present a traveling exhibition, Malinche as Metaphor, including public programs, publication, and a symposium. Co-curated by the DAM’s curator of pre-Columbian art Victoria Lyall, Ph.D., chief curator of the Fowler Museum Matthew H. Robb, Ph.D., and independent scholar Terezita Romo, this interdisciplinary exhibition will debut at the DAM from November 15, 2020 to February 28, 2021, then travel to the Fowler Museum from April 4, 2021 to July 25, 2021. Malinche as Metaphor is the first comprehensive exploration of the historical and cultural legacy of an indigenous woman at the heart of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico (1519–1521). Through historical and legal documents, scholarly and literary impressions, visual culture, and multi-media content, this exhibition traces Malinche’s continuing and contested legacy as a participant in the events of the Conquest.

Project fields:
Latin American History; Latin American Literature; Women's History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 1/31/2023


GI-269711-20

Clemson University (Clemson, SC 29634-0001)
Rhondda Robinson Thomas (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Call My Name: The Black Experience in the South Carolina Upstate from Enslavement to Desegregation

Implementation of a traveling exhibition examining the history of the African Americans who lived and worked the land that became Clemson University.

This project records, represents, and solicits the experiences of six generations of African Americans in a microcosm of American history and racial politics-Clemson, SC. Through this one university campus, built on formerly Cherokee land by settlers from the Ulster Plantations of Ireland, we start with the pre-history of the plantation in British colonial settings to tell an intergenerational story of African American life to the present day. Emerging from six years of work documenting, highlighting, and inviting community reflections (with two prior NEH grants), Call my Name assembles an unprecedented volume of materials on African American life in Upstate, Appalachian South Carolina. With this application, we seek $400,000 for the implementation phase of the Call My Name exhibition, including a 2-year staff person. After the conclusion of its three-state tour, the exhibit will be permanently installed in an off-campus, independent location, the Clemson Area African American Museum.

Project fields:
African American History; Public History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 4/30/2023


GI-269725-20

Museum of the American Revolution (Philadelphia, PA 19106-2818)
Philip Mead (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807

Implementation of a temporary exhibition, educational materials, a website, and related public programs exploring women’s citizenship and voting rights in the Early Republic. 

When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story 1776 – 1807 examines the little-known history of the nation’s first women voters—the New Jersey women who legally held the vote more than 100 years before the Nineteenth Amendment granted American women the franchise. Based on newly discovered poll lists and using original objects, digital interactives, and physical environments, the exhibition asks what new possibilities the Revolution created for women’s political activism. It explains how hope faltered amid rising partisanship, racism, and class tension as New Jersey closed the vote to all but propertied white men in 1807, yet, also how the Revolutionary promise rose again a generation later as suffragists drew inspiration from these early women voters. Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage, the exhibition encourages visitors to consider that progress is not always linear, but that preserving rights and liberties requires constant vigilance.

"The Museum is planning for a partial reopening in August before we reopen to the public in September.
We anticipate limiting onsite visitation for the foreseeable future, including the cancellation of most
school groups visits and large group tours in spring 2021.
When Women Lost the Vote will open to the public on October 3 and will run through April 30, 2021.
Previously planned for the Museum’s special exhibit space, When Women Lost the Vote will be integrated
within the Museum’s core galleries, featuring newly installed historic objects and a new tableau scene,
and connected by an audio tour. It will also be made globally accessible to virtual visitors through a
robust online experience that will go live in September. An exhibition catalogue will also be published in
spring 2021.
The digital experience and many of the enhancements to the Museum’s core galleries will remain
permanently accessible for visitors.
Disseminating exhibition content across multiple formats will provide a flexible model for visitor
engagement. It will ensure broad public access to the exhibition, capitalizing on surging public interest in
the Museum’s virtual content, and accommodate onsite safety protocols in the galleries after reopening."

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Project fields:
U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 6/30/2021


GI-269765-20

Asia Society (New York, NY 10065-7307)
Adriana Proser (Project Director: August 2019 to May 2021)
Michelle Yun (Project Director: May 2021 to present)
Comparative Hell: Asian Religious Traditions and Depictions of the Afterlife

Implementation of a traveling exhibition of Asian artworks inspired by religious and cultural beliefs about Hell.

Asia Society seeks an Implementation Grant in the amount of $400,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support “Comparative Hell,” a travelling, international loan exhibition that is scheduled to open at Asia Society Museum in New York, NY in September 2020, and at Asia Society Texas Center in Houston, TX in spring 2021. Developed with major Planning Grant support from the NEH, “Comparative Hell” will be a cross-cultural presentation of approximately seventy artworks inspired by notions of hell, including sacred, didactic narrative paintings and sculptures spanning the eighth to twenty-first centuries, from the Asian religious traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Islam. NEH support will enable Asia Society to install the exhibition; publish a scholarly exhibition catalogue; develop didactics, educational resources, and an interactive exhibition website; and present a scholarly symposium and series of complementary public programs.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Comparative Religion; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 10/31/2023


GI-271499-20

Detroit Historical Society (Detroit, MI 48202-4097)
Tracy Irwin (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Boom Town: Detroit in the 1920s Exhibition at the Detroit Historical Museum

Implementation of a single-site, temporary exhibition exploring Detroit in the 1920s through the life stories of twenty diverse inhabitants.

The Detroit Historical Society will install a new temporary exhibition at the Detroit Historical Museum entitled Boom Town: Detroit in the 1920s that explores that important and dynamic decade, and brings to life the social justice and civic rights issues of the era such as women’s suffrage, African American rights, growth of anti-immigration factions among others that both illustrate the position of Detroit and the nation in the last century, while also offering context for conditions today.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; Immigration History; Urban History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2020 – 12/31/2022


GI-271544-20

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA 94102-4522)
Gary Garrels (Project Director: January 2020 to July 2020)
Janet C. Bishop (Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Diego Rivera's America

Implementation of a traveling exhibition about Diego Rivera’s murals and paintings from the 1920s to the 1940s.

SFMOMA requests support for the exhibition Diego Rivera’s America, on view October 24, 2020 – January 31, 2021. Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was one of the most aesthetically, socially, and politically ambitious artists of the 20th century. His complex compositions on public walls in Mexico and the United States made history and shaped history, and directly inspired muralists across the continent from the 1930s to today. Diego Rivera’s America is the most in-depth examination of the artist’s work in more than two decades. It will provide a new critical and contemporary interpretation of his images, whether painted on the wall or on the easel. The exhibition will be supported by a scholarly catalogue, education programs for students of all ages, and free public programs. Additionally, in-gallery interpretive media content will further contextualize Rivera and his work.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$199,924 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023


GI-264590-19

Portland Museum of Art (Portland, ME 04101-3802)
Diana Greenwold (Project Director: August 2018 to present)
In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, an audio tour, and a catalog documenting the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts at its height from 1950 to 1969.

This traveling exhibition is the first to explore the early years of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, and its impact on craft and American art at midcentury.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 10/31/2020


GI-264602-19

Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia, PA 19131-3719)
Polly McKenna-Cress (Project Director: August 2018 to July 2019)
Charles McGhee Hassrick (Project Director: July 2019 to August 2019)
Charles McGhee Hassrick (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Please Touch Museum's New Centennial Innovations Gallery

Implementation of a permanent exhibition that explores the 1876 Centennial Fair in Philadelphia.

Please Touch Museum (PTM)’s new Centennial Innovations (“CI”) gallery will highlight the 1876 Centennial Exposition (“the Fair”)’s human stories of discovery and innovation, and those of inequality and upheaval. Held to mark the 100th year of the nation’s founding, the Fair also marked the end of the Civil War and a pivotal moment of Reconstruction. High-tech inventions spurred some visitors to imagine a future of prosperity and wonder. Other attendees—including Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony—chafed against social barriers and hoped for a more just world. Today, PTM is housed in Memorial Hall, once at the center of the Fairgrounds. For CI, PTM will blend its holdings of Fair-related artifacts with physical interactives, imaginative role-play opportunities, digital learning experiences and powerful storytelling to provide children and families an engaging, accessible glimpse into the past and invite dialogue on the nature of invention and progress.

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Project fields:
American Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2022


GI-264508-19

University of Missouri System (Columbia, MO 65211-3020)
Fraser Berkley Hudson (Project Director: August 2018 to present)
Mr. Pruitt’s Possum Town: Trouble & Resilience in the American South

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, a website, curriculum materials, and related public programs exploring the day-to-day lives of blacks and whites in the rural community of Columbus, Mississippi.

Mr. Pruitt’s Possum Town: Trouble & Resilience in the American South is a traveling exhibition that reveals life in rural Mississippi based on photography of O.N. Pruitt. From 1915 to 1960, Pruitt, a white man in a racially segregated society, recorded community celebrations as well as troubling violence. A visual history of inequality, the images depict joys and sorrows of everyday folk—both black and white—in his hometown of Columbus, locally known as Possum Town. An exhibition of 75 large format photos includes interactive features of mobile app and website with oral histories, music and videos. It will travel to at least five locations, starting in Mississippi. Community events and educational curriculum will engage viewers to explore themes of small-town traditions; class, gender and race; spiritual life, and photography’s role, illuminating their relevance today not only for the American South but for the nation. A $400,000 implementation request covers partial exhibition costs.

Project fields:
African American History; American Studies; Journalism

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 5/31/2023


GI-264528-19

American Jewish Historical Society (New York, NY 10011-6301)
Annie Polland (Project Director: August 2018 to March 2021)
Melanie Meyers (Project Director: March 2021 to present)
From Sitting Room to Soapbox: Emma Lazarus and Union Square, 1860s-1930s

Implementation of a permanent exhibition exploring how Americans engaged in social activism and responded to activist movements in both private spaces and the public sphere, 1860–1930.

“From Sitting Room to Soapbox: Emma Lazarus and Union Square, 1860s-1930s” draws upon AJHS’s most prized collection—the writing of Emma Lazarus—as well as such ancillary collections as the papers of Philip Cowen, her editor at the American Hebrew, and the rich labor history collections of the YIVO Institute, one of the Society’s CJH partners. The exhibit will recreate Emma Lazarus’s sitting room and project an interactive “diorama” of Union Square in the most prominent and heavily trafficked areas of the Center. The Center counted 53,000 visitors in fiscal 2017-2018 onsite in its archives, temporary exhibits, and public programs. A further 61,503 used the Center’s digital collections online.

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Project fields:
History, Other; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 3/31/2022


GI-264553-19

College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA 01610-2395)
Todd T. Lewis (Project Director: August 2018 to November 2021)
Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal

Implementation of a temporary, single-site exhibition exploring the art and architecture of the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal.

The Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross seeks funding support of $100,000 from the NEH Public Humanities Projects Exhibitions Grant program to support the implementation of a temporary art exhibition to be held from September 4th through December 15th, 2019 entitled, “Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal.” The exhibition addresses two special areas of interest specified in the NEH program statement by protecting our our cultural heritage and reaching underserved communities. This exhibition will feature extraordinary examples of art and architecture from the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal; it will illustrate how art forms have for millennia attracted the devotion of Buddhist householders through the depiction of doctrinal stories and facilitating ritual practices.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 3/31/2020


GI-264571-19

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc. (New Bedford, MA 02741-2052)
Laura Corinne Orleans (Project Director: August 2018 to present)
More Than a Job: Work and Community in New Bedford's Fishing Industry

Implementation of a permanent exhibit and supporting programs exploring themes of labor, immigration, and the changing nature of work and community in New Bedford’s commercial fishing industry.

To produce "More Than a Job: Work and Community in New Bedford’s Commercial Fishing Industry," a permanent exhibit, digital exhibits, K-12 curriculum materials, and significant public programming exploring themes of labor and immigration, and the changing nature of work and community in New Bedford's commercial fishing industry.

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Project fields:
American Studies; Immigration History; Labor History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$215,000 (approved)
$215,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


GI-264588-19

Jewish Museum of Maryland (Baltimore, MD 21202-4606)
Tracie Guy-Decker (Project Director: August 2018 to May 2022)
Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, website, curriculum, and public programs exploring the history of the scrap industry in America.

The Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM) is developing Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling, a temporary, traveling exhibit that will allow visitors to explore the evolution of the American scrap industry over 250 years through the stories of people who created it – immigrants, their descendants and their successors. In addition to the 2,000-sq ft, experiential exhibit exploring scrap recycling through the lenses of history, sociology and technology, JMM intends to publish a companion book and free interpretive brochure, create a website, plan public programs, collect and curate select oral histories, and develop educational curricula. The exhibit will feature historical objects, oral histories, texts, images, multimedia, and interactives. Resources will be drawn from JMM’s collections, the archives of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), and a variety of other sources. Scrap Yard opens at JMM in 2019 and begins a national tour in 2020.

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Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Labor History; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 5/31/2020


GI-266338-19

Strong Museum (Rochester, NY 14607-3998)
Jon-Paul Dyson (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Digital Worlds: History and Cultural Impact

Implementation of a permanent exhibition, on-line content, educational materials, and public programs exploring the history and cultural impact of video games.

Through the design, fabrication, and implementation of a 24,000-sq. ft. permanent, long-term gallery—tentatively entitled Digital Worlds—The Strong National Museum of Play will explore and share the history, influence, and experience of video games as they relate to culture, storytelling, human development, and the broader evolution of play. This gallery, the centerpiece of a transformational museum expansion, will include complementary and cohesive interactive exhibit spaces that showcase the history of video games through: (1) display of rare and unique historical artifacts; (2) use of multiple media formats that allow guests to discover the history of video games and their impact on society and culture; and (3) inclusion of one-of-a-kind interactive experiences that bring the history, art, and narrative structures of video games to life.

Project fields:
Cultural History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$700,000 (approved)
$700,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2023


GI-266388-19

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA 90036-4504)
Stephen Little (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying

Implementation of a single-site, temporary exhibition on the art of Ming Dynasty painter Qiu Ying (c. 1494–c. 1552). 

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) respectfully requests a $100,000 implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying, a temporary exhibition on view from February 9 to May 17, 2020. The exhibition focuses on the art of the Ming dynasty Wu School painter Qiu Ying (ca. 1494–ca. 1552), traditionally classified by Chinese art historians as one of the "Four Great Masters of the Ming Dynasty." Curated by Dr. Stephen Little, LACMA’s Florence & Harry Sloan Curator of Chinese Art, and Head, Chinese, Korean, and South & Southeast Asian Departments, the exhibition will include approximately 70 paintings and works on paper and silk from the 15th century to the 20th century. It will be accompanied by an extensive array of didactic materials and a full complement of interpretive humanities and educational programs, along with a fully illustrated 256-page catalogue.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 12/31/2020


GI-261054-19

Chicago History Museum (Chicago, IL 60614-6038)
Olivia Mahoney (Project Director: January 2018 to October 2019)
Charles E. Bethea (Project Director: October 2019 to November 2021)
Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America

Implementation of a temporary exhibition examining the role of Chicago in popularizing mid-twentieth-century modern design and the impact of this design on American culture.

From Oct 2018-Jan 2020, the Chicago History Museum will present a major temporary exhibition titled Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America, exploring a significant but overlooked story about Chicago’s dominant role in shaping the look and feel of modern America in the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition will reveal that innovations made by Chicago designers and companies revolutionized manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of commercial products, and these products appealed to the growing ranks of the American working and middle classes. Innovative designs coupled with the might of Chicago’s manufacturing and distribution infrastructure led to mass production of affordable products featuring a new streamlined aesthetic that furnished American homes from city centers to remote rural hamlets. Education programs will help youth build critical thinking and design skills and knowledge of history. Public talks and tours will connect the exhibition’s themes to today.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; Economic History; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Implementation

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2018 – 1/30/2020