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reACT Exhibition Series

The International Council of Museums has recently updated their definition of a museum and it now begins, “Museums are democratizing, inclusive and polyphonic spaces for critical dialogue about the pasts and the futures.”  With this sentiment in mind, the reACT Exhibition Series offers faculty and professional and scientific staff of Iowa State the opportunity to act as guest curators for exhibitions that focus on current events that are relevant to the University community. These exhibitions offer a space for all to have safe and respectful dialogue. Works of art from the permanent collection are brought together in unique ways to facilitate conversation, provoke ideas and consider different perspectives.

The reACT Exhibition Series presents 3-5 exhibitions each academic year. The exhibition topics will be selected from proposals each spring for the following academic year. The exhibition series may also create pop-up exhibitions in response to current events.

All exhibitions and associated programs are free and open to the public with a goal to connect members of the Iowa State community with a wide variety of ideas and perspectives as well as bring objects from the University Museums’ permanent collection out on display. The reACT exhibitions will invite viewers to use the art and information presented as a catalyst for reflection, discussion, and learning.

University Museums respects, values, and celebrates diversity among the broad range of people within the Iowa State University community. We consider diversity and inclusion a driver of institutional excellence and seek out diversity of participation, thought, and action. It is our aim that our exhibitions reflect and embrace the ISU Principles of Community and give voice to the wide range of perspectives on our campus.

Any member of the ISU faculty and/or Professional and Scientific staff can propose a reACT exhibition. Proposals for the 2020-2021 school year are closed. 


Current reACT exhibition: Color Matters

September 27 through October 29, 2021

Guest Curated by Dr. Jonathan Sturm, Professor of Music

Color Matters explores the complex relationship humans have with color and how color shapes how we see and understand the world.

The reACT Exhibition Series is sponsored by the Offices of the Vice President for Research and the Senior Vice President for the Division of Operations and Finance.

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