Museum Studies Brown Bag: "Who is 'We'?: Exhibiting Race through Local Voices"
With Abigail Celis, PhD student, Romance Languages & Literatures. She writes, "In my Arts of Citizenship summer internship at the U-M Museum of Natural History, I developed a theme semester exhibit that addressed the question: “What does understanding race mean here, in the local community?” The intent of the exhibit was to understand and represent how race participates in, and has consequences for, varying experiences in our daily lives. The exhibit development process entailed a whole subset of questions, such as who is “the local community,” how can a museum collaborate with a local community, and what can an exhibit space offer said community in this effort of understanding and representation? This talk maps out my attempts at responding to these questions through the maze of practical and ethical considerations that many museums face when engaging with community members in the representation of cultural, social, and racial identities."