Thursday, May 30 at 7:00pm
Knight Library, Browsing Room 106
1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR
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 the 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 (Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones) 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.