From AMST 2650: The questions behind this week’s readings reminded me of two episodes of The West Wing where the national consciousness of arts and culture come into play. In S3E7, “Gone Quiet,” WH Communications Director Toby Ziegler meets with a representative from the appropriations committee who wants to cut the NEA out of the … Continue reading TOBY ZIEGLER, THE WEST WING, AND GOVERNMENT’S ROLE IN CULTURE
From AMST 2650: This week’s readings reminded me of our review of Nina Simon’s job application, and the choice to relegate “sustainability” of community engagement efforts as least important. At the time, I chose to do so out of clarity – shouldn’t sustainability be addressed in the bridging and engaging activities, and so this would … Continue reading AMST 2650: Sustainability & Resilience & Futurists
From AMST 2650: Like Rica, I am both excited and skeptical of Vangone’s approach to the historic house museum. Vagnone, like Simon, shows investment in community, creativity and culture for the field. But, as Rica discusses, none of this seems particularly anarchist/revolutionary? Sure, Vagnone may be the first to compile it into a text, but much … Continue reading AMST 2650: TL;DR: Vagnone is Right, but is this Visionary?
From AMST 2650: Conn in particular, though it’s certainly a running theme in all of these readings, identifies that objects are no longer central to the conception and function of the museum (58). (I mean, the entire book is called ‘Do Museums Still Need Objects?’, so that’s not insightful.) Still, though, Conn’s discussion around of … Continue reading AMST 2650: Non-Object Based Cultural Appropriation (?)
From AMST 2650: I wanted to try something new this week – live tweeting myself working through the assigned readings. I had a plan to Storify these tweets, but a) 50 tweets is a lot for a Twitter thread and b) even for Storify, it would be a lot of work. Here’s the draft of what … Continue reading AMST 2650: A (Failed) Performance of Live Reading Fusco’s “The Other History of Intercultural Performance”
From AMST 2650: I’m fascinated this week by the combination between commemoration as a physical presence (in the construction of memorials, as Doss discusses) and an experiential one (in Sandage’s article on protests during the Civil Rights Movement.) It’s one thing to focus on the ways in the constructed presence or its intended narrative, as Gopnik … Continue reading AMST 2650: Memorial Mania on College Campuses?
From AMST 2650: As a self-professed fan of Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda as well as conscious public historian, I feel obliged to love Hamilton in all its problematic essence. Reviewing it as a case study through this lens of myth, nostalgia, and memory, I’m less curious as a work of “escapist fiction” Allen presents than … Continue reading AMST 2650: Ramblings Re: HAMILTON, Founding Fathers Fandom, and Myth as a Framework(?)
From AMST 2650: In talking about public humanities, our first question is always how do we make humanities public? And the question, as identified in these readings, is always a structural one. Especially in the Bandelli and Williams article, the shifts occurring in the museological sphere emphasize changing the hierarchical structures and levels of authority in … Continue reading AMST 2650: Making Museums Public vs. Making Museum Publics
From AMST 2650: I found myself drawn to Barrett’s earlier chapters, discussing the history of “the public,” and the role of the state within museums/institutions to craft these narratives of education, leisure, and discipline. It reminded me of tours I conducted in downtown Providence with the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS). With this collaborative urban … Continue reading AMST 2650: Providence: The Creative Capital & its Creative Capital