Curators in Conversation

Curating Amidst Political Change


The current exhibition, Kukuli Velarde: Free, Total, Faithful, and Fruitful, wasn’t supposed to exist. Originally, the Berman Museum of Art was going to be the last stop for Velarde’s traveling exhibition CORPUS. But due to unforeseen changes, it had to be reconceived. 

Grounded in this recent example, our panelists will discuss how changes in the political climate can upend plans in the museum work. 

There will be a light reception beginning at 6 p.m. before the conversation at 6:30 p.m.

About the curators

Deborah BarkunDeborah Barkun

Deborah is the Creative Director of the Berman Museum, Director of the Ursinus Museum Studies program, and an Associate Professor of Art History.  Her teaching and research pursuits explore art and artistic practice as forms of social and intellectual discourse. She is passionate about sharing art with students and views it as significant to any undergraduate program.


Katie Hirsch headshot.Katie Hirsch

Katie Hirsch is an arts administrator, art historian, and curator. She is currently the Director of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Katie’s diverse arts background has informed her interdisciplinary approach to the study and exhibition of art and material culture.


Meghan Tierney

Meghan Tierney

Meghan is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Ursinus College. Her research pursuits center around art of the ancient Americas and Latin American art. 


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