The Tang Teaching Museum’s first faculty seminar, Object, Exhibition, and Knowledge was supported by a three-year Luce Foundation grant in 2006, and was organized in part by artist Fred Wilson.
In 2009 the Tang launched The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-sponsored program Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning through Museum Exhibitions, a new faculty seminar that involved group travel to interrogate diverse museum offerings in different cities across the country, funds for individual travel and course support, and a semester-long seminar to explore teaching with the museum. Group readings inform and direct faculty members’ investigation of museums and offer theoretical grounding for on campus seminar discussions. Discussions of current exhibition projects at the Tang also serve the aim of embedding theory in experience while supporting the Tang’s rigorous program of faculty-curated exhibitions.
In 2013 a two-day “Mini-Mellon” program was added offering a second option for faculty to interact with the program over a shorter time than the full semester seminar. Over the years the program has grown to become a key component of what makes the Tang a unique teaching resource and a feature of faculty development across the college.
The Mellon Faculty Seminars are led by Mimi Hellman, Associate Professor of Art History, Mellon Faculty Seminar Coordinator and Faculty Liaison to the Tang Museum; and Rachel Seligman, Tang's Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs.