Location: EMU COQUILLE ROOM 12-2PM
In addition to the 7pm evening event this Thursday in the Knight Library (see poster below), there will be an ENVS brown bag lunch event.
THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM (BEKA ECONOMOPOULOS AND JASON JONES), “WATER PROTECTORS: MUSEUMS AND MOVEMENTS”
Lunch will be served and a screening of a new short film will premiere.
IN THE POST-STANDING ROCK MOMENT, MUSEUMS ARE BEING CALLED ON TO NOT
SIMPLY DESCRIBE THE LOSS OF LIFE ON EARTH, BUT TO ACT AS ALLIES AND
AMPLIFIERS OF NATIVE-LED MOVEMENTS TO PROTECT WATER, LAND, AND SACRED
SITES. DRAWING ON RECENT INITIATIVES ORGANIZED BY LUMMI NATION AND THE
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, A TRAVELING POP-UP MUSEUM FOUNDED BY THE
ACTIVIST ART COLLECTIVE NOT AN ALTERNATIVE, THIS TALK WILL EXPLORE HOW
THE SYMBOLIC AND INFRASTRUCTURAL POWER OF MUSEUMS MIGHT BE LEVERAGED TO PROTECT NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE AND OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE.
The Natural History Museum (NHM, 2014-) takes the form of a traveling
pop-up museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape
nature yet are excluded from traditional natural history and science
museums. NHM collaborates with artists, curators, community groups,
scientists, and museum professionals to create new narratives about our
shared history and future, with the goal of educating the public,
measurably influencing public opinion, and inspiring collective action.
The museum is the latest project of Not An Alternative, a collective
that since 2004 has worked at the intersection of art, activism, and
critical theory. The group’s work has been featured within the
Guggenheim, PS1/MOMA, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Queens Museum,
Brooklyn Museum, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, MOCAD, and Museo
del Arte Moderno, and in the public sphere. Not An Alternative connects
movements to museums and museums to movements, fostering a growing
coalition of museum workers, activist scientists, and communities.