“Curating and Collecting Anti-Racism?”: An Online Conversation (RCMC Event)

Dr Carol Ann Dixon's review of the recent webinar on "Collecting and Curating Anti-Racism" - hosted online by the Research Centre for Material Culture (RCMC), Amsterdam, on 19th November 2020. This overview summarises and critiques the guest presentations given by curators Antonia Alampi, Paul Goodwin and Ming Tiampo, in conversation with RCMC staff Amal Alhaag, Wayne Modest and Priya Swamy.

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Curatorial traditions and experimental innovations at the Brooklyn Museum, New York

My recent visit to view the expansive art collections at Brooklyn Museum, located in the Prospect Park area of New York City, provided an interesting  opportunity to peruse and critique a series of complex and engaging artistic and curatorial juxtapositions. On every level of this five storey building the vast collections of exhibits and their interpretation narratives were assembled to... Continue Reading →

The inaugural issue of Stedelijk Studies – “Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art”

Please see below a link to the first issue of the new peer-reviewed academic journal Stedelijk Studies, which publishes research related to the Stedelijk Museum collection in Amsterdam, its institutional history, wider museum and gallery studies, and other topical issues in the field of visual arts and design. The inaugural issue – titled, "Collecting Geographies: Global Programming... Continue Reading →

Return of the Rudeboy: Ska, Swagger and ‘Sapologie’ at Somerset House

After reading Sean O'Hagan's thought-provoking preview of the ‘Return of the Rudeboy’ exhibition at Somerset House in London – titled, ‘Rude Boys: Shanty Town to Savile Row’ (The Guardian/Observer, 24th May 2014) – I placed this event quite high on my list of top 10 “must see” summer showcases, and managed to get along to... Continue Reading →

Reflections on the legacies of ‘Statues Also Die’ (Présence Africaine, 1953) re. the museums sector in France today

Earlier this year an article by Tom Devriendt was posted to the online discussion forum 'Africa is a Country' to commemorate the life and work of French filmmaker Alain Resnais (1922-2014), who passed away on 1st March  (Devriendt, 2014). The central focus of this piece was to celebrate the achievements of Resnais and his co-director Chris Marker... Continue Reading →

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