Revealing Queer, a landmark exhibition produced by Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and curated by Queering the Museum, explored the last 40 years of LGBTQ history in the Puget Sound region. The exhibition, which opened in February 2014 and ended in July of the same year, was the brainchild of Queering the Museum […]Read more "Revealing Queer: A Model for Inclusion in Museums"
The Penn Museum’s current exhibit Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now is a powerful celebration of contemporary indigenous cultures as living, breathing entities. Native American history as commonly recounted in the United States is a tale of woe and loss, framing Native groups as near extinct and struggling to survive. Post-contact Native history is […]Read more "Native American Voices: Come and Listen"
In 2007, The Science Museum of Minnesota and the American Anthropological Association created Race: Are We So Different in hopes of combining three major fields of study into an engaging and interactive exhibit. This exhibition focuses on the historical, cultural, and biological components that contribute to the construction of race. By talking about these three […]Read more "Race: Are We So Different?"
For most Americans the images of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Angel Island have become iconic depictions of brave immigration stories. These images tell a tale of people dreaming of starting over in a better place than they left, but in reality often finding an incredible struggle for acceptance, and at times facing […]Read more "Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom"
During the summer of 2010, I had one of the strongest “museum moments” I have ever experienced, and it was a painful one. I was interning at a museum in Connecticut, and every week the other interns and I would load into a van and drive to another museum around New England. We would speak […]Read more "Seeing Race at the Mashnatucket Pequot Museum"
When I enter a museum – I can put on one of two hats. I can be the budding museum professional my graduate program is preparing me to be or I can suspend my disbelief and morph into a casual museum visitor. One allows me the freedom to examine exhibitions with a critical eye and […]Read more "When Teaching Becomes Tricky"
Our brief in-class discussion of Federal anti-lynching laws motivated me to do a little more research to find out if any anti-lynching laws were ever passed. What I found was disappointing. Anti-lynching laws were introduced and passed several times by the House of Representatives in the 1920s, 30s, 40s. However, the filibustering efforts of several […]Read more "Museums Helping Change Happen"