Category: Critical Thought

Future of Museums II

Not long ago, Ravon weighed in on what she saw for the future of museums based on the activist and academic perspectives we have always brought to our work through this site. What she wrote about the need for museums to take on the role of coordinating and centering the wide-ranging activist efforts of their communities through the important work of making and providing space is something I completely agree with. This is exactly the kind of work we encourage institutions to do, and try to perform ourselves as well. Today I want to talk about this same work in a different direction: not just activism, museums should also be vector points for academic efforts too.

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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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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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AAM: What’s the Feels?

AAM: What’s the Feels?

from: Ravon Ruffin to: Amanda Figueroa date: Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 11:14 AM subject: AAM: What’s the Feels?   Hey, So now that we’ve had some time to decompress, evaluate, and re-evaluate. What was your take on AAM this year?  I’ll go ahead and say, that being that it was our first AAM experience […]

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The Language of Diversity and Inclusion (Part 2)

The Language of Diversity and Inclusion (Part 2)

Words have always been important to me — there was no question that language was going to be central to the message Ravon and I wanted to communicate during our chance to speak at AAMD. While Ravon’s talk focused on putting an end to tired vocabulary like “diversity” and “inclusion,” I spoke about possible alternative language that could get at intersectionality without sacrificing specificity. To keep that sense of community present, I turned to the realm of geography.

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The Language of Diversity and Inclusion (Part 1)

Amanda and I were fortunate to have the opportunity to speak at the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) conference in Cleveland this month. We were invited as part of a young thought leaders session on diversity and inclusion. Our presentations were a moment to think through the language of diversity, and how we foresee […]

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Women in the Archives Resource List

Women, Archives & Self-Preservation Please see the list below of women, primarily women of color, in the archives. We see this list as inclusive of diverse voices and critical perspectives to center marginalized voices. These are narratives not often included or highlighted in the history texts, and therefore are not part of the historical canon. […]

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The Artist or the Developer, Which Came First?

Cities change and art changes with them. I had actually meant to write this post some time ago. I had returned from a trip in Philadelphia in which I took a mural tour with the Mural Arts program for their “A Love Letter for You” train tour, a series of murals done by renown artist […]

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Decolonizing Genders, Bodies, and Minds

Decolonizing Genders, Bodies, and Minds

Last week, I returned to one of my favorite museums and favorite events in DC for the Fresh Talk for Change series at National Museum of Women in the Arts. If you’re a longtime follower of the blog, you might recognize that series from previous posts, and this evening absolutely continued the dedication to conversation and change that #FreshTalk4Change and the NMWA are all about. Previous talks focused on female artists and creating spaces for diverse voices to be heard (a passion of ours here at BGMB too!), but in the most recent Fresh Talk, we gathered to consider an even more radical change: a new understanding of gender as it impacts design.

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