Thursday, May 13, 2021

Register Now! A Virtual Convening—People: A Global Dialogue on Museums and Their Publics 

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Blue design on a purple background, hands, shapes and the word PEOPLE in the center.


People: A Global Dialogue on Museums and Their Publics

A Virtual Convening

Day 1: Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 1–5 pm
Day 2: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 1–5 pm
Day 3: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 1–4 pm

Over the last year, interactions between museums and the public have shifted dramatically in response to the ongoing pandemic and international calls for social and racial justice, contributing to an ever-expanding dialogue about how museums engage with people. In this three-day series of conversations, hear from an international array of scholars, artists, writers, performers, and activists as they share their ideas about how museums engage with people locally and globally.

Speakers include:
Elizabeth Colomba, artist
Aaron Glass, Associate Professor, Bard Graduate Center
Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project
Mame-Fatou Niang, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Carnegie Mellon University
Samir Meghelli, Senior Curator, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
George Nuku, artist
Alexis Peskine, artist
Anupam Sah, Head of Art Conservation, Research, Training, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)
Kamini Sawhney, Director, Museum of Art and Photography
Jonathan Michael Square, fashion historian
Mariana Valencia, choreographer
Brian Vallo, Governor, Pueblo of Acoma Tribe
Hrag Vartanian, Editor in Chief and Cofounder, Hyperallergic

Keynote Speaker
Sarah Lewis, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies, Harvard University

These live conversations take place on Zoom. Free, though advance registration is required.

Register now →

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