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museums


  • 9/11's Memorials and the Politics of Historical Memory

    by Marita Sturken

    Major 9/11 memorials try to fix the public memory on a moment of national unity that, 20 years later, seems illusory. Other memorials point the way to using the force of memory to encourage critical reflection on nationalism.



  • How the 'New Woman' Blazed a Trail of Empowerment

    A new retrospective examines the artistic production of women at the intersections of new photographic technology and rising currents of racism and antisemitism in early 20th-century Europe. 



  • National Museum of American History Names New Board Leadership

    The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Board recently elected Enrique Segura, chairman of the board of ENSE Group LLC, and Barbara Franklin, former U.S. secretary of commerce and business executive, to lead its 22-member advisory board. 



  • Racist Mural Puts Tate Galleries in a Bind

    Portions of a Rex Whistler mural in the Tate's restaurant contain racially offensive images. The work as a whole is protected by British heritage laws and can't be altered, putting the museum in a bind between preservation and cultural sensitivity. 



  • Museums as Monuments to White Supremacy

    by Ana Lucia Araujo

    Recent protest and scholarship have highlighted the knowledge of major cultural institutions that artifacts in their collections were looted from Africa and other colonized places, and support calls to repatriate the artifacts.