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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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Locking Doors or Broadening Minds?

Through successful exhibitions, museums connect objects and ideas to individuals.  It is impossible to fully anticipate audience response.  Yet the importance of positive public reaction is undeniable.  People initially vote with their feet and subsequently vote with funding.  Federally funded … Continue reading

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