Marabou wonders, if there is a lack of representation in a museum’s collection (ex. race, gender, class), should it be the museum’s responsibility to fill in historic contextual gaps with extended label content or other means?
Marabou wonders, who is the American woman, according to The Metropolitan Museum of Art?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American Narrative
Object Labels at the Museum
Marabou wonders, if a museum has objects that have been acquired due to violence, war, and/or illegal means, is it the museum’s responsibility to explain this acquisition history to its visitors?
Categorizing at the Museum
Marabou wonders, can hierarchies of value be challenged or completely shattered if museums reconsider their methods of categorization? Why not tell the story of Africa, the entire continent, in one hall? Why not include all American objects in “The American Wing”?
How might we think differently about history when all the objects of a geographic location are together? When these objects share space, how might the narrative they create challenge the stories that are currently perpetuated?
Space and Seating at the Museum
Marabou wonders, why don’t more museums offer ample seating and navigable spaces? Is it because of aesthetics (that benches and chairs don’t look nice), curatorial value choices that determine which objects should have more time focused on them, or an institutional oversight?
Marabou wonders, how does architecture affect the way we learn, act, and feel in a museum?