January 2021 -- Tevet-Shevat 5781,  Volume 27, Issue 1

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Open Classrooms: Students Tell the Stories Behind Works in the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College

Amid the sorrow and frustration brought by the pandemic and the circumstances it creates, The Neuberger Museum of Art, has found some unexpected opportunities for collaboration. One such opportunity occurred earlier in the Fall. Back in the beginning of September, Museum Director Tracy Fitzpatrick mentioned that, given the need for additional space on campus to spread out classes, students were using the Museum galleries as classroom space. In partnership with Liam Joynt and his Voice II class, a new project was introduced.


According to the Associate Curator of Education for Academic Programs, Kristen Lindberg, “We are always brainstorming ways to join Purchase curriculum and the museum's resources, and this semester, while certainly challenging, gave us an opportunity to rethink how to do that while working remotely. This is a new kind of product for us that falls inside of our Open Classroom program. Professor Joynt and his students were on board from the beginning and a total pleasure to work with.


“The students have been delivering beautiful video narrations of artwork they chose from our permanent collection, each read with their own personal style. Because of the project's technical nature, we had to rethink details during the process, and the class was on top of every step. Along with being a rewarding project in itself, this has opened us up to other digital options going forward, and, as always, we are grateful to the Conservatory of Theatre Arts for being such great collaborators.”


The project launched in early December as Purchase College students tell the stories behind the works in the Neuberger Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Since it was founded in 1969, the Museum’s permanent collection has grown to more than 6,000 objects.