Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums
The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums (CISM) was founded in 1998 by Richard Brettell, Professor of Aesthetic Studies at UT Dallas and former director of the Dallas Museum of Art. CISM trains graduate students in the cultural politics of display and the history of museums. Its courses are taught by Dr. Richard Brettell and a series of visiting scholars and museum professionals brought to campus through a continuing grant from the Felix and Elizabeth Rohatyn Foundation of New York. This select group has included the Marxist-Feminist critic of the art museum, Professor Griselda Pollock, Professor Michael Zimmermann of the Central Institute for the History of Art in Munich, Professor Yve-Alain Bois of Princeton University, and Professor Stephen Eisenman of Northwestern University. CISM has offices at UT Dallas and is affiliated with most of the museums of North Texas.