Category Culture, Heritage, & Identity

I am the Person Sitting Next to You

Today’s blogpost is a passionate statement of solidarity from one museum worker to their colleagues and co-conspirators in the field, those who, by their presence and actions are seeking to radically shift and open museums up to new possibilities. This is a statement that speaks “truth to power”. This is a statement of support, encouragement, […]

Interpreting Slavery in Historic Cities

A couple weeks ago, I (Rose) had the pleasure to attend a panel discussion on Interpreting Slavery in a Historic City moderated by Porchia Moore. This event was held at the Jepson Center in Savannah, GA and brought together four panelists from different local institutions (see flyer below) (note: the flyer lists five names; George […]

Think/Feel: Towards More Meaningful Encounters with Identity-Based Art

By Ariana Lee *** “[A] landscape can be a place, if explored, or remain a landscape, if simply observed.” – Lucy Lippard, Lure of the Local, 1997   In 1948, my father and mother’s parents immigrated from China and Iran respectively. Although both families had planned to return, they ultimately decided to stay in the […]

Anti-Prison Organizing and Museums: The Politics of Remembering and Forgetting

By Therese Quinn, Matthew Yasuoka, Jose Luis Benavides and other members of the Illinois Deaths in Custody Project *** On July 6, 2016, Minnesota school-worker Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer after being pulled over for a broken tail light. Ten days later the Science Museum of Minnesota posted a placard […]

Whiteness and Museum Education

By Hannah Heller *** A white museum educator is facilitating a conversation about an installation art work, consisting of a group of ten brightly dressed male mannequins with a group of white high school students. The artist has purposefully used patterned textiles in the place of skin color. The students start to describe the figures […]

Letter to Young Museum Professionals of Color or What Transpires on a Long-Haul Career When Confronted with Racism in the Museum

By Radiah Harper *** You know when someone or something has crossed the threshold of your sanity in the workplace. At that moment, you have to make decisions, even when in a senior position. Has there been an irrevocable offense? Is it racism or oppression and intolerable? We ask ourselves, can I afford to quit? […]

On Creating the Museum of Minneapolis

By Jaden Hansen *** I founded Museum of Minneapolis in 2014 in reaction to the lack of representation for marginalized communities in historical society collections and exhibitions. My previous position as an Executive Director for a prominent county historical society, showed me the tremendous impact that creating space for people to tell their stories in […]

Sites of Conscience: Truth, Reconciliation, Resistence

While The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience has been active since 1999, I am addressing their work today because what they do is crucial to and resonant with our current national moment.  They offer a hopeful example for many in the museum field who are here for the “long game” of building collective power to use memory […]

LACMA Intern Thoughts: Casta Paintings & Some Race Potion

By Angela E. Medrano *** I stood there. My feet were planted – absolutely cemented – to the floor. I was located in the Latin American Art galleries, fourth floor at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). As I walked along my ascribed 50-minute gallery tour, my eyes could not help but scan […]

Artifacts on Air

This week we are pleased to welcome guest blogger Emily Meikle, recent graduate of the Master of Museum Studies Program at the University of Toronto! I met Emily and heard about her work while attending sessions at the Ontario Museums Association Annual Meeting where I gave a keynote workshop together with Porchia Moore about designing (and […]