The Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art (MOTHA) is a series of radical art installation projects by artist Chris E. Vargas. The series is currently in it’s fifth iteration, Consciousness Razing—The Stonewall Re-Memorialization Project, housed at the New Museum. I was fortunate to hear Vargas speak about his work at the University of Chicago. A recording... Continue Reading →
Given the content and design of Hope to Nope, I could not have imagined the controversy that would erupt over the exhibit just a few weeks later.
Recently, a number of prominent museums have rebranded. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Victoria & Albert, museums are reinventing their public images. But, why are museums choosing to remake themselves? How are they reimagining their brands successfully? On Thursday, the Chicago Museum Exhibitors’ Group (CMEG) met to explore these questions with three... Continue Reading →
September 2018 has been a perilous month for museums in the Western Hemisphere. A fire destroyed the National Museum of Brazil. Now, Hurricane Florence is threatening the southeastern coast of the United States, including its many museums and historic sites. I am particularly distressed that these disasters were partially caused by human actions. The Brazilian... Continue Reading →
On September 2, 2018, the National Museum of Brazil (Museu Nacional de Brasil) was engulfed in flames. Nearly all of its 200 million artifacts were lost. You can check out some highlights of the collection here, which demonstrate the enormous extent of the tragedy. One of the most celebrated items in the collection was Luzia... Continue Reading →
On a recently visit to New York City for a friend’s wedding, I was able to take a quick pit stop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and see Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. While the exhibit deftly explores many themes (you can read the curator blog about some of them here), there... Continue Reading →