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Remarks from Benin Bronzes Repatriation Ceremony

On October 11, 2022, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art hosted a repatriation ceremony in which officials of the museum transferred ownership of twenty-nine Benin bronzes and …

A New Site of Conscience: Sing Sing Prison Museum

Five years ago, CFM’s TrendsWatch report examined how museums are helping society confront the need for criminal justice reform. Historic sites play an important role in this work, with …

Museums Change Their Approach to Showing White Male Artists

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, business-as-usual gets a rethink. This article is part of our latest special section on Museums, which focuses on new artists, new …

Looking Back to Move Forward: Examining Institutional Racism in Reprising “Afro-American Images 1971”

In February 1971, a newly formed Delaware organization, Aesthetic Dynamics Inc., presented its first major undertaking: an exhibition of over 130 works of art—drawings, prints, photographs, …

After Condo Collapse, a Miami Museum Is Preserving the Memorial Wall

The Surfside Wall of Hope, a temporary memorial to the victims of the Champlain Towers collapse, is now coming down, but one South Florida institution is committed to its preservation. …

The Peabody Essex Museum’s Climate + Environment Initiative Seeks to Create a Different Climate Future

As the director of an interactive art and nature space, I’ve included climate change as a topic in many shows and programs over the years. But until recently, I had convinced myself that …

BMA security guards will curate an exhibit next year

The Baltimore Museum of Art announced that one of its exhibits for 2022 will be Guarding the Art, a show that will be curated entirely by 17 members of its security…

How the Delaware Art Museum is Centering Community Voices in Interpretive Planning

In 2018, the Delaware Art Museum (DelArt) began a radically inclusive approach to reinstallation planning, integrating community voices at every stage through focus groups, iterative …

It Is Time to Include AANHPIs In Museum Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Efforts

Over the past year, we have all witnessed the increasing acts of hate and violence against Asian Americans, particularly against women and the elderly. Some have tried to cast these …

In Baltimore, the Walters Art Museum confronts the Confederate history of its founders

In the wake of the national reckoning around social and racial justice, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has broadened its founders’ biographies to include their support for the …

Museum specimens could help fight the next pandemic – why preserving collections is crucial to future scientific discoveries

This paper outlines how existing loopholes in U.S. federal data policies, backward data priorities by scientific journals and a culture of data ownership have made it too easy for …

With Rapid Response Collecting, Who Are We Responding To?

After the start of protests over the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent looting of businesses, hundreds of plywood boards went up in Greensboro, North Carolina’s downtown. But these …
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