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MSU Museum Marks International Museum Day on May 18

Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the Unspeakable in Museums

On Thursday, May 18, the MSU Museum marks International Museum Day. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) proclaimed this year’s theme “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.” 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. 

Greater Lansing residents are encouraged to celebrate International Museum Day by visiting the MSU Museum.

Of special interest:
“Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights”
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 Museum’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 King’s work with communities.

Also on view:
“All My Relations: an Indigenous Perspective on Landscape”

“Next Stop Atlantic”
“Sympathetic Detail: R.F. Deckert and the Art of Natural History Illustration”

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)