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American Alliance of Museums Annual Exhibition Label Competition: Winning!

A pointer to the annual label-writing competition sponsored by the AAM recently came my way; I thought I’d check it out. In fact, if you’d like to follow along at home, it’s at https://www.aam-us.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2020_Label_writing_Competition-1.pdf. Once I gave the set of…

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When contradictions in theory present as confrontations in real life: (how) can museums create an inclusive generative practice?

Educators, often, and for complex reasons (a history of contact with K-12 teachers, a seeming interchangeability with privileged/volunteer/do-it-for-a-free-parking-slot “docents” and un- or underpaid and grant-attractive “teen educators,” negative associations connected to intellectual hierarchies imported directly from the Old Country aka…

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“Untitled”

Something I read in Your Museum Needs a Podcast about good podcasts being defined by good storytelling reminded me of something I’ve long felt has been a bit of a ‘wedge’ isolating the curatorial camp (which, if we’re going to…

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Hello…

…and welcome to ‘public histories: notes on theory and practice,’ a forum for my (and I hope your) questions and comments about the ways history is constructed, depicted, deployed, and debated. My professional and academic background in modern and contemporary…

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