Project Overview

Cincinnati Museum of Art Classical Galleries, Decolonizing Intervention

Faculty Sponsor

Elizabeth Marlowe (


Art and Art History


Research assistant needed to research topics such as the commercial trafficking in ancient mummies, the forgery of classical sculpture, colonial plundering of cultural heritage, and related topics in preparation for a museum "intervention" in the classical galleries of the Cincinnati Museum of Art, which Professor Marlowe will be curating over the summer. The exhibition will entail the writing of twenty alternative, "decolonizing" museum labels of 150 words each, which will be installed in the Greek and Roman gallery of the CAM alongside the "official" museum labels for each object. Each label requires extensive background research.
There is also much more work to be done in the museum files themselves. Photographs of over 400 documents relating to the 20 objects have been secured and now all of that material needs to be organized, summarized, synthesized, etc., and next steps for further research identified. Research into particular dealers and donors will be a key aspect of this. City archives in Cincinnati will be important for this work. 

Student Qualifications

This is an intensive curatorial research project focusing on ancient Greek and Roman art and critical museum theory. Students with strong academic records and coursework in both areas are welcome to apply. The student will need to spend 4 weeks in Cincinnati, OH at the Cincinnati Museum of Art.

Number of Student Researchers

1 student

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 01/03/2020 and close on 03/11/2020

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