About Us


Mission

CISM is a graduate research program and center for interdisciplinary study of the history and theory of museums, linking the scholarly resources of The University of Texas at Dallas to museums and their communities.

Location

The University of Texas at Dallas
School of Arts & Humanities JO 31
Room JO 5.412
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX  75080

Contact

Richard R. Brettell
Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies and Edith O'Donnell Distinguished Chair
Art and Aesthetics
Tel.: 972-883-2475
FAX: 972-883-2466
brettell@utdallas.edu

Bonnie Pitman
Distinguished Scholar in Residence
Tel.: 972-883-2475
FAX: 972-883-2466
bpitman@utdallas.edu

Pierrette Lacour
CISM Coordinator
Tel: 972-883-2475
FAX: 972-883-2466
pierret@utdallas.edu

History

Dr. Richard R. Brettell, Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies and Edith O'Donnell Distinguished Chair, founded CISM in 1996 as a graduate research program and center for the study of history and theory of museums.  Bonnie Pitman, Distinguished Scholar in Residence joined as the co-director of CISM in 2012.
CISM has recently launched collaborative program and research relationships utilizing the resources of The University of Texas at Dallas with major museums in the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex
Currently CISM’s projects include:

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CISM research agenda includes art museums, as well as history of science, technology, and culture.

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CISM is not designed as a museum-studies program with an emphasis on practice.