Brown Girl Museum Blog

Beyond the Walls: Building the Capacity for Community

Last week we had the pleasure of being the keynote speakers for the 2017 Small Museum Association Annual Conference. Needless to say, we were honored to have the opportunity and were excited to share in the importance of small museum institutions to the future of museums. Below is a brief––very brief––overview of our keynote presentation. […]

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An Artist Perspective: Interview with Adriana Corral

The art world and the museum field have a close relationship, but we don’t often hear the artist’s perspective on the collection and exhibition of their work. Artists are often politically aware, and politically active — what do they have to say about the growing trend of community-building and space-making that is happening in museums? What lessons can museums take from the world of public art?

To find out, we sat down with artist Adriana Corral to get the artist’s perspective on what museums do best, what it was like to move from grad school to the art world, and why geography is always present in her work.

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Future of Museums I

The recent election. A new year. A blog two years in the making. These are all the things that have us thinking about where to go next. We chose to write “Future of Museums” as a two-part post, to give insight from our individual perspectives as they are shaped by academia and museums, and so I […]

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BGMB Highlights of 2016

Happy New Year! Somehow we all managed to survive 2016 — although it certainly wasn’t easy. It was a year that just would not give up, but thankfully neither did we, and BGMB had some great achievements last year that we feel very proud of. We couldn’t have done it without the support of many people both within the museum field and outside of it, including everyone who has been following us here at the blog. Whether you found us in the beginning of our journey or are just now coming to this space, your interest in what we have to say has been amazing. Thank you!

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Last Words in Old Conversations: Redefining DC Art

As 2016 comes to a close, we inevitably find ourselves in a state of reflection––on the course of the year, the recent election, and looking toward the future. We were honored to be invited to join a conversation hosted by ArtTable DC, State of Art 3, that would allow us to do this contemplation around […]

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Radical Acts of Self-Preservation

When I was invited to speak at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) for their Digital Dialogue series, I had previously been thinking more on the use of social and digital media platforms as sites of radical archiving, as alternatives pushing the bounds on traditional notions of archives. Here are some brief highlights from my talk: […]

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Understanding Otherness in Museums: Partnering with the Fralin Museum of Art

A few weeks ago, Ravon and I were able to challenge ourselves in a new way. After building this blog around digital spaces for people of color in museums, we were able to take our mission offline and right into museum spaces itself to lead tours and hold workshops in person about the things we care so much about. In partnership with the Fralin Museum of Art during the NEH HumanTies event, we led almost 40 participants on a unique Brown Girls Museum Blog tour of the museum. Take a look below the cut to find out more about what we did with an audience of museum goers interested in diverse perspectives.

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Museum Hack (Review)

Museum Hack (Review)

With hands in the middle, “down on ‘mu,’ up on ‘seum,’ instructs our tour guide Hannah. “MusEUM!” Gathered in the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall, a small group of us––a few couples, a brother-sister duo, and myself––huddle around to begin our venture to discover the hidden gems and secrets of the museum. Museum Hack‘s claim […]

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Black in Blue: Wearing the Badge

Black in Blue: Wearing the Badge

During the earlier days of the internets, I searched for “careers in Anthropology.” I was sailing on unchartered waters with my newly declared major going into college. I knew I loved studying cultures and the people that enriched them. I don’t remember much about what my search turned up other than a video of a group of […]

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Admission Fees, Institutional Privilege, and Cultural Fluency

Admission Fees, Institutional Privilege, and Cultural Fluency

A few weeks ago, I visited the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for free. Usually a $25 entrance fee, all I had to do was show my Harvard ID and I was waved right past the admissions counter. Don’t get me wrong, I am tried-and-true bargains hunter and will never turn down the chance to […]

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