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"
Photographs are powerful objects that take us back to certain memories and places, even if we do not know anyone in the photo. Lorna Simpson uses the power of images in recalling memories in much of her work. Growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Simpson attended the High School of Art And Design and the […]Read more "Look at me: Photographs and Identity"
On October 30, 2011, the National Portrait Gallery opened its first major museum exhibition to focus on themes of sexual differences in modern American portraiture. Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture brings together a wide range of media, including paintings, photographs, works on paper, film, and installation art. Hide/Seek takes a historical approach, beginning […]Read more "Hide/Seek: Raising Awareness of AIDS Through Art"
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 2010 the Center for the Future of Museums produced a report “Demographic Transformation and the Future of Museums” which examined the demographic trends in the U.S. and how to represent Latinos in the museums and encourage them to visit the museums.1 Museum professionals realize that they need to find creative ways to engage these […]Read more "CelebrARTE: Culturally Accessible Programs for Latinos"
What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of the word fashion? Rarely, if ever, is that word disabled for the vast majority of the world. Disability affects hundreds of families throughout the world. Often, people living with a disability enjoy many of the same pleasures of life as those living […]Read more "Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo"
Lynching in American history is often thought of as a phenomenon of the past, entrenched in the Civil Rights movement of the South. Although this is partially correct, both academics and the public need to expand the way we think of this difficult subject. There are far-reaching repercussions from these events that happened throughout time […]Read more "Rethinking Lynching in American History"
As a woman in today’s culture, I can’t deny that I love a new piece of jewelry. Be it a gift from a special someone or window-shopping at the mall, I am attracted to the shiniest thing in the display case. Buying the most unique item in the store is often the goal, with hopes […]Read more "When Authenticity Matters"
Since Iris Morales visited us last week, I have been thinking about the particular power of art to promote change and social justice. Ms. Morales clearly believes that art is a key part of any social movement. It is not ancillary, but rather has its own unique and necessary role to play. I think that […]Read more "Freedom Highway"
There are elves hidden in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. They live amongst white-tailed deer, pronghorns, and blue herons in the museum’s dioramas. Some hide in trees, while one is perched on a dinosaur’s back. But all of these elves are the creation of one man – artist Kent R. Pendleton. According to […]Read more "Hidden Elves in Denver: The Artistry of the Museum Diorama"