Basile Gallery

SHIFT: What Can Museums Change?

March 24 – April 24, 2021

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Around the world, people are challenging museums to better represent all of us — not just those with privilege and power. For many institutions this means changing practices and policies that have historically privileged whiteness and wealth.

This exhibition spotlights four museums that have taken steps toward moving their institutions and the cultures in which they are embedded toward honoring people and perspectives that had been pushed to the margins: the Tenement Museum (New York City), the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, DC), Te Papa Tongarewa (Pōneke Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand), and the Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford, England). From large-scale architectural interventions on the National Mall to small but meaningful steps like changing harmful displays, SHIFT invites audiences to explore a range of museum approaches that aim to right historical wrongs.

SHIFT is an exploratory exhibition created by students in the Museum Studies program at IUPUI during the spring 2021 semester.


Summer Alaniz, Corey Barber, Jackie Cain, Dru Corliss, Elias Garza Garcia, Lexis Giggy, Cheyenne Grimes, Payton Healy, Rebekah Loudenbeck, Brianne McCord, Emily McMath, Olivia Mosley, John Peyton, Brittany Plant, Kelly Poston, Hailey Rains, Breyanne Urbin, Sarah Whaley, Emily Wilkes, Christian Yoder, and Dr. Laura Holzman.


Herron's artist-in-residence program is made possible with support through CityWay, a luxury mixed-use community located in downtown Indianapolis.

Complimentary parking is made possible by The Great Frame Up, Indianapolis.

Virtual tours of Herron's exhibitions were produced in partnership with the University Information Technology Services (UITS) Research Technologies IU3D Initiative at Indiana University and made possible with support by an anonymous donor.