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Interventions: Museums, Anthropology and their Publics
Despite deep colonial legacies, museums can also be sites of interventions that illuminate obscured histories for expanded publics. Increasingly, diversely-positioned researchers in and outside museums are engaging collections and collaborating with source communities to create public-facing works, including film screenings at festivals, art installations, performances, temporary exhibits, and symposia presentations. Emerging through collaborative labor, these events create opportunities for diverse publics to convene. While not without their own risks, these interventions possess a range of dynamics: How do researchers and other creators from within and outside museums shape these works and the events where museum visitors and staff experience them? How are they organized to reframe or create dialogue with more permanent exhibits in a museum? How do these ephemeral events create spaces for potentially new and changing publics to engage with museum objects and ethnographic work, as well as with histories of power, representation, continuities and discontinuities, and the movements of people and objects?

A conversation between: Jilda Andrews (Research Fellow with the Australian National University and the National Museum of Australia), Aaron Glass (Associate Professor at Bard Graduate Center), and Jacqueline Hazen (Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History).

Introduced by: Joshua Bell (Curator of Globalization at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History)

Please note: live closed captions will be available at this event.

Oct 7, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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