A fire has completely destroyed the 200-year old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. Once the home of Brazil’s monarch, the palace became the largest history museum in Latin America. Its collections included art and artifacts of indigenous peoples, as well as Egyptian and Greco-Roman works, fossils, and so much more.
What do we do with art history?
This is from 2016…but it can start our discussion about the place of art museums on college campuses.
“People Across the Globe Want Their Cultural Heritage Back. Canada May Offer a Blueprint for How to Get There”
“A proposed law would mobilize a national strategy to help Indigenous communities reclaim cultural heritage objects at home and abroad.”
An additional article on the Cranmer Potlatch of 1921 from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, June 8, 2018. That article closes with the following important questions:
What would you want to pass down to future generations?
What kind of cultural heritage is important to you and your community?
What role can museums play to help preserve and protect heritage?
Benjamin Sutton, “Baltimore Museum of Art Acquires 23 Major Works…” Hyperallergic, June 28, 2018.
And the earlier story:
Cara Our, “Artists and Curators Weigh in on Baltimore Museum’s Decision to Deaccession Works by White Men to Diversify its Collection.” Hyperallergic, May 8, 2018.
“20 Curators Taking a Cutting-Edge Approach to Art History,” by Surya Tubach and Casey Lesser, Artsy, June 20, 2018