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Museums & Activism: Slaying the Zombie Myth of Institutional Neutrality

April 30, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones (USA) Co-founders of The Natural History Museum and Not An Alternative, a collective that works at the intersection of art, activism and theory. In a post-truth era, the role of trusted institutions of science is more important than ever. Drawing on recent initiatives organized by The Natural History Museum, a traveling pop-up museum founded by the activist art collective Not An Alternative, this talk will explore how The Natural History Museum leverages the symbolic and…

A Museum for the path ahead: New York City’s Climate Museum

May 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

MIRANDA MASSIE (USA) Director, Climate Museum, New York City This keynote will address why we need a cultural shift in response to the climate crisis, and why dedicated climate museums are a necessary, though not sufficient, component of that shift. Massie will situate the initiative within its national and local contexts, discussing the public’s response and presenting work from the Museum’s first year of public programming, in particular its two main art exhibitions. This work illustrates the promise at the intersection…

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