Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the Unspeakable in Museums
MSU MUSEUM MARKS INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY MAY 18
On Thursday, May 18, the MSU Museum marks International Museum Day. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) proclaimed this yearâ€™s theme â€śMuseums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.â€ť Thousands of museums on all continents will highlight the role of museums as places that offer reflections of memories and representations of history. This day will therefore provide an opportunity to show how museums display and depict traumatic memories to encourage visitors to think beyond their own individual experiences.Â
Greater Lansing residents are encouraged to celebrate International Museum Day by visiting the MSU Museum.
Of special interest:
â€śQuilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rightsâ€ť
This exhibit grew out of a collaborative community engagement project that uses quiltmaking as a platform to raise awareness about civil and human rights issues. Through community created quilt blocks and quilts from the MSU Museumâ€™s collection, Quilted Conversations demonstrates how creativity can foster community building, civic dialogue, and ultimately civic engagement. It connects contemporary community efforts with Martin Luther Kingâ€™s work with communities.
ICOM created International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage awareness about the role of museums in the development of society. For more information on International Museum Day, visit http://icom.museum/imd.html
Image source: (International Council of Museums)