A Welcome Note!

Entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in August 2021. Photo: A. Nagel

A Happy Welcome to the FIT Art History and Museum Professions program blog! We are in the heart of Lenapehoking, ancestral homelands of the Lenape people. We are on 227 West 27th Avenue in what is today referred to as Manhattan, New York City. Thank you for taking time to read!

We want to share what our students, faculty, alumni, colleagues, and supporters do. Which exciting authors or books are we reading? What do we think about a new gallery or museum exhibition we see? What exhibitions are we working on? What research are we conducting? Our aim is to introduce art history related projects we think you should learn about. Additionally, if you’re an AHMP alum, we welcome you to contribute to the blog as well! Tell us what you are up to. Please do get in touch!

Why begin a blog? Our annual newsletter, Art History Insider, has been so successful that we decided it would be best to update you more regularly. Our students continue to achieve great things, hold exciting internships and positions, facilitate at The Museum at FIT, observe and discuss the arts in and out of the classroom, activate and address challenges and changes in the field and at large, and curate exhibitions. So do our faculty, staff and alumni. We recognize your efforts and want to showcase them, beyond our AHMP instagram account.

The FIT Art History and Museum Professions Program acknowledges that it is located on Lenapehoking, ancestral homelands of the Lenape people. We recognize the continued significance of these lands for Lenape nations past and present, we pay our respects to the ancestors, as well as to past, present, and emerging Lenape leaders. We also want to recognize that New York City has the largest urban Indigenous population in the United States. We believe that addressing structural Indigenous exclusion and erasure is critically important and we are committed to actively working to overcome the ongoing effects and realities of settler-colonialism within the institutions where we currently work.

To contact us, just email the blog administrators:

alexander_nagel[at]fitnyc.edu or molly_schoen[at]fitnyc.edu. 

We hope the short essays in this blog will raise interest in the many exciting things happening in and around our Art History and Museum Professions program! We hope you enjoy reading!

Professor Alex Nagel, March 15, 2022

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