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March 25, 2013

The New American Museum: How We're Reinventing the Big Box with Sacred Stuff

Presenter: Jack Tchen, New York University and Museum of Chinese in America
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: East Conference Room, Horace H. Rackham Building, 915 E. Washington St.

The old exhibitionary big box with grand entryways holding sacred objects and treasures still premised on a top down hierarchy of “deciders,” has run its course. They are energy sucking monsters limping along the landscape trying desperately to find young people and new migrants with money. Booming parts of the world rush to build new monstrosities mistakenly believing it will buy them distinction, cultural capital, and authority. It’s an exhausted part of the highbrow cultural complex forever striving to emulate European aristocratic culture. Yet expectations today stay fixated on that old big box. By doing so, we’re missing the emergence of what will become the new American museum, a decolonized augmented chronotopic experience of folded time/spaces — a way to resituate and revivify place in the retelling of our collective futures. This presentation will sketch out the contours of how diverse emergent practices are actually the formation of the new American museological practice — immanent, dynamic, and yet to take formal shape.

Part of the U-M Museum Studies Program's "Museum Voices: Representing Race/Presenting Identities" Winter event series.

Posted by zzhu at March 25, 2013 05:15 PM