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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 …

‘Relationships Don’t Have an End Goal’: A Q&A with the Burke Museum’s Decolonization & DEAI Team

Some of the newest, and most defining, jobs in the current era of museums are those focusing on decolonization and diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. In recent years, as more …

A Long Way Home for ‘Looted’ Art Is Getting Shorter

Curators at major museums are increasingly grappling with a thorny topic: restitution. This article is part of our latest special section on Museums, which focuses on new artists, new …

Recasting the Civic Imperative of the Museum

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2021 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. Liberating collections from their imperialist pasts can occur through a …

Carnegie Museum asks for visitor feedback on cultural sensitivity, exhibits with complicated pasts

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is taking steps to help reckon with its colonial…

Rethinking Our Human Resources Practices to Build a More Equitable Museum

Less than three weeks after COVID forced museums around the globe to close their doors last year, an article by Arundhati Roy in The Financial Times titled “The Pandemic is a Portal” …

Germany first to hand back Benin bronzes looted by British

Germany is to become the first country to hand back the Benin bronzes looted by British soldiers in the late nineteenth century. A decision on the restitution was facilitated by the fact …

How Two Artists’ Transformation of a Portland Museum May Provide a Blueprint for Larger Institutions

Washington County Museum in Portland, Oregon brought itself back from the brink of failure through decolonizing its practices and reinventing itself as the Five …

“Decolonizing is Literally Unsettling”: Repatriation of Nonprofit Land and Assets

On July 16, 2020, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) and the Yale Union (YU) announced that YU would transfer its land and building in Portland, Oregon, to NACF. The historic …

The Call of the Moment: Marjorie Schwarzer on the New Edition of Riches, Rivals, and Radicals

Riches, Rivals, and Radicals: A History of Museums in America has been read by students, professionals, and museum lovers alike since its first publication in 2006; its public television …

Building True, Lasting Collaborations with Source Communities

It’s well-documented by this point: museums are changing. No longer solely repositories of information and keepers of culturally important artifacts, museums today are taking on new roles …

Apsáalooke exhibition at Field Museum avoids stereotypes, shows ‘Native Americans are still here.’

The atrocities committed against indigenous people by white settlers are being acknowledged in Chicago and across the country, but the "Apsáalooke Women and Warriors" exhibit at the …

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