Partage: an Exhibition on Scars and Sutures of the Colonial Museum
- Critical Museum Studies Group
- School of Arts & Sciences
Project Support Grant
Curated by the Critical Museum Studies’ group, this exhibit of contemporary artworks responds to how museums problematically rupture, distort, and manufacture objects and identities that contradict the polyvalent ways that we express ourselves, our histories, and our heritages. Museums are institutions that have immense power in making cultural and historical claims, and are built upon palimpsests of colonial structures. People have long been grappling with the legacies of what museums purport to show, and have occupied buildings, have demanded that text, labels, and galleries be changed, and have called for greater institutional accountability of both objects and people that are held hostage in museum collections. Partage comes out of the motivation of this group to allow for people to respond not just through re-contextualizing pieces held in museums, but rather through making art on their own terms. Planned for the Fall of 2022, Partage will be presented in collaboration with Slought, and will include 20 to 25 artworks on paper, canvas, or photography representing the work of about 10 artists primarily from or currently living in the Philadelphia area.
The Critical Museum Studies Group is seeking submissions from artists for the exhibition Partage: Separations and Sutures of the Colonial Museum, to take place in the Fall of 2022. In particular, they are interested in artists whose work reacts to, reimagines, and pushes against the ways that people, objects, and geographies are rendered in museum spaces. Applications are due June 1, 2022. Please see the call for submissions, for more information.