This week the Smithsonian offered two articles that should be considered in tandem as the US (and beyond) evolves structures of equity, its documentation, maintenance, and remembrance.
Links follow to parallel readings on the state of the USA and the role of art as offered by two writers from the Smithsonian: Menachem Wecker and Adrianne Russell. Wecker offers insight from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture’s founding director, Lonnie Bunch, who champions Museums not only as sacred places of history but forums for the future. Museums, says Bunch, are “educational institution that [use] history and culture not only to look back, not only to help us understand today, but to point us towards what we can become” (Wecker). Russell’s article takes the story further, offering a Q&A with Bunch on the role of Museums and offers perspective on why museums, and also how museums: “to me the real question is how does a museum make its community, its region, its country better“ (Russell).
Full stories in the Smithsonian:
Why Museums Should Be a Safe Space to Discuss Why #BlackLivesMatter By Menachem Wecker
The Media Needs a History Lesson When Addressing Civic Unrest, Says the Director of the African American History Museum
By Adrianne Russell