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Contemporary History: Ratings to Rebellion

Contemporary History is a particularly compelling focus for museums. Almost by definition, it allows for a wider sharing of audience members’ own stories and more obvious connections to current events. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s is still a … Continue reading

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Displays of Power: Consciously Creating Controversy in Museum Exhibitions

Displays of Power takes you through the details of six of the most controversial museum exhibits of the last fifty years. This text illustrates that even when museum staff have the best intentions, exhibits are not created or viewed in a vacuum. … Continue reading

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Don’t be evil!

How can museums keep the public’s trust?  Because of their positions of power as cultural institutions, they must do more than obeying the law.  They should serve the public interest and be ethical stewards for their collections.  This means not … Continue reading

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Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t: Community Involvement in Exhibition Development

Reflecting on Gaelic Gotham: A History of the Irish in New York City, an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York in 1996, curator Jack Salzman stated, “I know there are people who believe that these shows … Continue reading

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