This session explores what it means to empower voices outside the museum professional field as documenters and curators of their own experiences and art. Building on the principle of “nothing for us without us,” panelists are a mix of professional curators and artists, activists, and community representatives who come from outside the curatorial field—all of whom are interested in sharing their experiences collaborating on the production of exhibitions and activations and considering how and where these approaches succeed and, perhaps most significantly, whether they can result in long term institutional change. Presenters from the curatorial sphere discuss the process of transitioning from author to facilitator and managing institutional politics, while “outsider” curators speak to the difficulties inherent in navigating traditional museum structures and the expressive possibilities that come with being an “outside” voice on the “inside.”
Moderator and Organizer: Shoshana Resnikoff, Demmer Curator of 20th and 21st Century Design, Milwaukee Art Museum
Katherine Kasdorf, Associate Curator, Arts of Asia and the Islamic World, Detroit Institute of Arts
Rebeca Méndez, Artist, Designer, and Chair at UCLA Design Media Arts, will speak of the exhibition she curated for the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum "Rebeca Méndez Selects."
Lorilee Wastasecoot, Curator of Indigenous Art and Engagement, Legacy Art Galleries
LOCATION: Prince George Ballroom at 15 East 27th Street, New York City, New York.