Homework PART ONE: Black Lives Matter, Museums & Monuments
PART ONE: Black Lives Matter, Museums & Monuments
read five texts from the Lecture 11 Learning Materials ( see below)
This time, you will create your own video or audio in which you present an argument about the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement on museums. How are museums responding? Are they sufficiently addressing the ethical concerns raised by the movement? What are they doing right? What are they doing wrong?
NOTE: you just need to write and I will record my voice reading what you wrote
- Major U.S. Museums Criticized for Responses to Ongoing George Floyd Protests(Links to an external site.)
- Taylor Dafoe and Caroline Goldstein, “The George Floyd Protests Spurred Museums to Promise Change. Here’s What They’ve Actually Done So Far,”(Links to an external site.) Artnet, August 14, 2020.
- Yesomi Umolu, “On the Limits of Care and Knowledge: 15 Points Museums Must Understand to Dismantle Structural Injustice,”(Links to an external site.) Artnet, June 25, 2020.
- Valentina Di Liscia, “An Instagram Account is Amplifying Anonymous Testimonies of Racism in Museums,”(Links to an external site.) Hyperallergic, June 30, 2020.
- Aaron Randle, “’We were tired of asking’: Why open letters have become many activists’ tool of choice for exposing racism at museums,”(Links to an external site.) Artnet, July 15, 2020.
- #ForTheCulture, “Open Letter to New York City’s Cultural Institutions”(Links to an external site.) (2020):
- John Semley, “What if we treated Confederate symbols the way we treated the defeated Nazis,”(Links to an external site.) The Guardian, July 2, 2020.
- National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking About Race
PART TWO: ‘Difficult Heritage’ & Memorial Museums
1-Read the texts by Paul Williams and Sharon McDonald.( see attachments)
2- Read two additional texts from the Essential reading list from Lecture 12 Learning Materials.( see attachments)
3-Then, in no less than 400 words, present an analysis of memory museums that articulates their definition, function, while using at least three examples from the case studies listed below. Be sure to articulate your case studies in relation to the concept of “difficult heritage.”
CASE STUDIES–MEMORIAL MUSEUMS
- World Trade Center Memorial, New York, NY
- Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC
- Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima, Japan
- Maison des Esclaves, Senegal
- Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum, Nanjing, China
- Museum of Genocide Victims, Vilnius
- Memorial of the “Disappeared,” Santiago, Chile
- Liberation War Museum, Dhaka
- Oklahoma City National Memorial, Oklahoma City
- Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, S.A.
- International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
- Museum of Memory and Tolerance, Mexico City