One of the main struggles facing museums today is determining the best way to represent different cultures when creating an exhibit. As more museums shift to include different community stories, this becomes a challenge to create an accurate depiction of the culture. One solution has been including members of the community to work with the […]Read more "Voices Growing Louder: Native American History Told Their Way"
The Smithsonian has published the book American History in 101 Objects and the BBC and British Museum has developed A History of the World in 100 Objects. The Museum of Transgender History and Art (MOTHA) has flipped this traditional series on its head with the opening of Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects: Legends and Mythologies. […]Read more "Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects"
In the introduction of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, Jennifer Boylan notes how diverse the transgender community is: “If I’ve met over 5,000 transgender people, I’ve probably heard 5,000 different explanations of what it means to be trans, and what our defining experiences are.”  However, there are common challenges that transgender individuals face. Advocates such […]Read more "The Diversity of the Transgender Experiences"
In class we talked about ways in which museums can connect the past with the present in discussing issues like immigration and racism. We talked about how the National Park Service is trying to identify Hispanic sites and how museum professionals may be able to interpret these sites to connect it with issues like immigration […]Read more "The Challenge: Connecting the Past with Present Social Justice Issues"
One April morning in 2004 it was announced that George W. Bush would be coming to speak in Buffalo. Adamantly opposed to the war in Iraq since the very start, several classmates and I decided that we wanted to go and protest in front of Kleinhans Music Hall, where he was speaking. Unfortunately, I was […]Read more "My Activist Life"
The words “activism” and “museums” are not often spoken in the same breath unless you are referring to a new exciting exhibition installation. Last week, community activist and documentarian, Iris Morales, provided the possibility for those two words to be strung together. During Ms. Morales’ visit to Cooperstown, we screened her documentary Palente! Siempre Palente! […]Read more "The Activist Museum"
Moving into the present, I stumbled upon the websites of damali ayo (her capitalization), a writer, performer, artist, comedian and activist, who uses what she describes as “Now Art” to engage audiences in discussing current race relations in America. ayo created the website “Rent-A-Negro” as a type of performance art and followed it with the […]Read more "damali ayo: The 21st Century Richard Wright?"