I have always been drawn to the theoretical facets of communication studies, yet I was unsure how to apply my BA in Professional Communications to the world of visual art and cultural institutions. The MA:VCS program has both challenged and reaffirmed my interest in visual art theory, and it’s also shown me that my writing can be an art of its own. I can finally say that I am on the right path to pursuing the career I have always wanted. I am interested in studying and professionally applying aspects of procurement, organization, and presentation of information through visual art. I believe that cultural institutions have the power to make positive shifts in society and I would like to be able to help cultivate those conversations.
The driving force of my research is to address core issues within art institutions, including the internal structure of the institutions, as well as the types of artworks displayed, the artists that are represented, and the accessibility of the surrounding communities that will be viewing the work. The specific institution that is evaluated in this thesis is The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Historically speaking, MoMA has been under fire in both public and scholarly critique for specific exhibitions and a clear lack of diverse artist representation since its creation. The Museum has recently undergone a renovation of its gallery spaces as well as a restructuring and rehanging of their collection. I will address MoMA’s attempt at decolonization and the attempted shift towards inclusivity and accessibility. My research will address why museums, specifically MoMA, are trying to change, and if these attempted changes are successful.
What my time at KCAD meant to me
I have always been drawn to the theoretical facets of communication studies. Yet, I was unsure how to apply my BA in Professional Communications to the world of visual art and cultural institutions. This program has both challenged me and enriched my interests in visual art and application of theory, as well as shown me that my writing ability can be an art form. I can finally say that I am on the right path to pursuing the career I have always wanted through the process of obtaining this degree.