Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

Unexpected Trip to Coney Island

Unexpected Trip to Coney Island

The British Museum, Part I: Positives

The British Museum is both famous and infamous for its collection of objects that represent key moments in the evolution of human civilization. For those who don’t know of the museum’s infamous reputation, just think about a museum in a country that used to be the world’s most expansionist imperial and colonial power, how do you think those objects were acquired for the museum? Diplomatic gifts? Maybe. But many many objects at the British Museum, particularly their most popular ones, were seized, stolen, or received as spoils of war. Since the British Museum is often mentioned in debates about repatriation of objects within museum collections and other hot-button museum-world discussions, Marabou had to see what the museum was up to in 2018. The British Museum, Part I: Positives

Organizing for Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2018

Decolonize This Place, American Indian Community House, Black Youth Project 100, South Asia Solidarity Initiative, Chinatown Art Brigade, Take Back the Bronx, and The People’s Cultural Plan have published a public letter today about the convening at the American Museum of Natural History this upcoming Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Monday, October 8th. ⠀ Organizing for Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2018

Speaking Up at the British Museum’s “I Object”

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In the “I Object” exhibition at the British Museum, there is discussion of pins/badges as forms of protest. Visitors are invited to, “design a badge and tell us what matters to you” on circular paper and hang them up for other visitors (and the museum) to see. 🌈 Marabou’s badge reads, “Transparency in Museum Acquisiton Processes.” More on the “I Object” exhibition in an upcoming post. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #marabouatthemuseum #museums #museumstudies #britishmuseum #iobject #londonmuseums #london #stolen #spoilsofwar #accountability #transparency #museumsarenotneutral #displayitlikeyoustoleit

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Wandering the Victoria & Albert Museum

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🌈Although it might look like Marabou is in Florence, they’re actually in London (hence the Deerstalker cap) in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s cast court. Initially the V&A was a learning institution for craftspeople to study objects made by master craftspeople through the centuries. As many people weren’t (and aren’t) wealthy enough to take a trip and see the original pieces in their original locations, the V&A housed plaster copies and other replicas for reference. This method, along with the 1851 Great Exhibition (the first World’s Fair), started the museum’s collection focusing on “applied art”/decorative arts and design. Now the collection has both copies and originals from around the globe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #marabouatthemuseum #museums #londonmuseums #marabouinlondon #london #museumstudies #victoriaandalbertmuseum #decorativearts #decorativeart #design #appliedarts #thedavid #david #michelangelo #plastercast #plastercasting #copy #craft #craftsmanship #teachingcollection #henrycole #princealbert #queenvictoria #victorian #deerstalker #1851 #1851greatexhibition #worldsfair

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Wandering the Victoria & Albert Museum

Flying Across the Pond

Flying Across the Pond

Get Ready for Indigenous Peoples Day

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Join @decolonizethisplace and Marabou on October 8th, Indigenous People’s Day at the American Museum of Natural History. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #Repost @decolonizethisplace ・・・The work and preparation by over ten groups has begun. This requires us all. This is not about the museum in a way, it’s about all the sights of injustice in our city and a machine of white supremacy that allows for a Trump and a Kavanaugh and more prisons since 1492. Spread the word. #decolonizethisplace ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #decolonizemuseums #decolonize #museumstudies

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Get Ready for Indigenous Peoples Day