Following from our blockbuster success at the Rotterdam MuseumNext conference (in March 2017) we’ve gone international! Read on to follow some of our adventures…
In September our own Museums Association London Rep Miranda Lowe and Clore Fellow Sandra Shakespeare, went in search of some museum inspiration, courtesy of our friends from Brooklyn based Museum Hue.
Kicking off our whirlwind visit, we hit the Brooklyn Literature Festival, where we caught a live panel with music critic guru, Nelson George (To Funk and Die in LA), and the highly acclaimed author Jeff Chang (We gon’ Be Alright).
We had a fantastic time with Museum Rockstar Monica O. Montgomery, delivering to her students at NYCU.
We caught the final day of the roadblock exhibition ‘We Wanted a Revolution; Black Radical Women, 1965-85’. Thanks to our friends at Brooklyn Museum for allowing us to see this landmark exhibition, let’s hope it comes over to the UK.
We had an inspiring meeting hosted by Judith Pineiro, director of the Association of Art Museum Curators where we were also joined by Beth Citron, Curator- Modern and Contemporary Art. We also had the pleasure of meeting recently appointed Chief Curator of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
With Miranda Lowe (Natural History Museum) knowing everything about Darwins’ barnacles, we simply couldn’t say no to a visit to the ever curious gem called the Wagner Institute, over in Temple…
Trekking through the suburbs of Philadelphia (OK I found Uber), we were delighted by the sheer uniqueness of The Colored Girls Museum…
We met with Artistic Director and CoFounder, Vashti Du Bois and are currently in discussions – you heard it here FIRST!
Finally, we went to Washington DC where we were hosted by our friend the awesome Dr Joycelyn Imani, Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Smithsonian National African Museum of African American History and Culture.
We’ve learnt so much and look forward to forging ever closer relationships with our colleagues over the pond.