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Workshop: Reimagining the Museum - "Difficult" Objects
This online workshop will bring together university-based and museum-based scholars and professionals in order to discuss some of the ways in which museums collect, display, and narrate cultures, past and present, with a focus on objects that prove particularly resistant, provocative, recalcitrant, nonconforming—“difficult”—and why. From fakes to fragments, decaying materials to taxonomic challenges, troubling histories to disputed ownership, undesirable presence to un-displayable state, unruly objects can be particularly useful things to think with, opening up analytic and theoretical possibilities for understanding, confronting, and reimagining the museum as an institution and the museum exhibition as a way of knowing.

Confirmed speakers:

Dennis Carr, Huntington Art Museum
Joshua Garrett-Davis, The Autry Museum of the American West
Rebecca Hall, USC Pacific Asia Museum
Laurel Kendall, American Museum of Natural History
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, NYU / Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Kailani Polzak, University of California, Santa Cruz
Matthew Robb, Fowler Museum at UCLA
Nancy Um, SUNY Binghamton
Winnie Wong, University of California, Berkeley

Oct 2, 2020 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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