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Imagining the Not-Museum: Power, Pleasure, and Radical Museological Community

Authors: Dana Carlisle Kletchka (The Ohio State University) , Adéwálé Adénlé (The Ohio State University) , Shannon Thacker Cregg (The Ohio State University) , Anna Freeman (The Ohio State University) , Damarius Johnson (The Ohio State University) , Megan Wanttie (The Ohio State University) , Logan Ward (The Ohio State University)

  • Imagining the Not-Museum: Power, Pleasure, and Radical Museological Community

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    Imagining the Not-Museum: Power, Pleasure, and Radical Museological Community

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Abstract

This manuscript describes a semester-long engagement by members of a graduate course cohort to reckon with individual and collective understandings of contemporary art museum practices, the roots of which are deeply entrenched in colonial, Western, patriarchal discourses. In response to course readings, guest speakers, and embodied experiences, members of the group engaged in a project of resistance—shaped by open, ongoing dialogue and critical reflection about the field of museology and centered in both radical critique and boundless possibility. Inspired by Black Feminist scholars, curators, and justice-seekers (brown, 2019; Cooper, 2018; Autry, personal communication, November 15, 2019) who find pleasure in collective visions of world-building, they entered into a communal space of theoretical imaginings together to invoke a not-museum, a site with the potential to enable a socially-responsive, just, affirming ontology for their communities. The authors conclude with a manifesto that serves as a promise, a vision, and a tool with which to build such museums.

Keywords: Art museums, Post-critical museology, Decolonialism, Critical pedagogy, Embodied experience

How to Cite:

Kletchka, D. C. & Adénlé, A. & Cregg, S. T. & Freeman, A. & Johnson, D. & Wanttie, M. & Ward, L., (2020) “Imagining the Not-Museum: Power, Pleasure, and Radical Museological Community”, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education 37(1), p.56-73. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/jcrae.4751

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30 Sep 2020
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