Art Institute Pop Up Bar

On Thursday night, I headed to the Art Institute of Chicago’s pop up bar at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, “Dear Carmencita.” The bar is inspired by Sargent’s portrait of Carmen Dauset and is a creative way to get new audiences engaged in the exhibit, “John Singer Sargent & Chicago’s Gilded Age.” The bar will... Continue Reading →

Off the Beaten Path Museum: London

London, Sugar, and Slavery exhibit at the Museum of London Docklands I read about the London, Sugar, and Slavery exhibit at the Museum of London Docklands in this blog post a couple of weeks ago and, as a scholar of Atlantic slavery and museology, I was itching to see it. I got the opportunity to visit... Continue Reading →

Off the Beaten Path Museum: Paris

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs On a recent business trip to Paris, I found myself next to the Tuileries gardens after a meeting. As much as I wanted to head to the Louvre, my hour-long lunch break was not enough time. After wandering around for a few minutes, I decided to head into the Musée... Continue Reading →

The Best Exhibits Feel Like Home

I loved the opening reception of History Lessons: Everyday Objects from Chicago Public Housing at the National Public Housing Museum (NPHM) because it made me feel at home. Let me illustrate this feeling with a story. The first object in the exhibit that caught my eye was this adorable metal airplane mounted on the wall:... Continue Reading →

“Cotton Seeds were Planted:” The Erasure of African American Narratives from New Haven’s Past in the New Haven Museum

“Three hundred and seventy-five years of history come to life at the New Haven Museum,” boasts the museum’s website. “From the colony’s founding as a puritan village through its growth into a major industrial center and now a thriving metropolitan area, New Haven’s history is brought to life for our visitors, inspiring a rich appreciation... Continue Reading →

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