Seeing and Seeing through Museum Exhibits: Lessons from Cape Town and Washington, D.C.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street; Free parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage

ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR: Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with the Departments of Anthropology and Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S): Corinne Kratz, Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology and Institute of African Studies; Director, African Critical Inquiry Program, Emory University; Research Associate, Museum of International Folk Art
COST: Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO: 617-496-1027
How do implicit understandings and assumptions about race and ethnicity become embedded in museum exhibitions? How can museums and exhibitions reproduce, challenge, or help transform those understandings and other “rhetorics of value”? Corinne Kratz will use recent exhibitions in Cape Town, South Africa, and Washington, D.C., to consider these questions, examining components such as exhibition content and design, and reviewing particular historical moments that have brought these questions to the fore.

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