Reflections on ‘Beyond the Breakthrough’ and Social Justice/Anti-Oppression Work

I went to the National Sexual Assault Conference in August wondering if it’s really possible to do transformative anti-oppression work from within mainstream anti-violence organization. My colleague and friend, E Bjorkman, and I had a lot of thoughts on doing social justice and anti-oppression work in our organization, the New York State Coalition Against Sexual […]

Earth/Body/Silhouette

Earth/Body/Silhouette: Landscape as Artistic and Political Practice[1]   In an Artforum interview, Jacques Rancière asked: “What landscape can one describe as the meeting place between artistic practice and political practice?”[2] Landscape is a meeting place between artistic and political practice. Landscape is a medium of exchange between what is human and what is natural.

Thoughts on Columbus, Italian American History, and Solidarity

In the age of #BlackLivesMatter, the emergence of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and increasingly hostile US policies toward non-white immigrants, it’s time for Italian Americans to return to our radical heritage and stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people of color.

Article: “What are women’s prisons for?”

Amy Halliday, Chelsea Miller, and Julie Peterson, “‘What are women’s prisons for?’: Gendered states of incarceration and history as an agent for social change,” Museums & Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse 12, no. 1 (April 2017): 56-66, https://doi.org/10.1080/15596893.2017.1292104. ABSTRACT As the exhibition States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories travels the nation, visitors will […]

Reforming Gender and the Carceral State

A cage is a cage is a cage. We want strategies that let people out of cages, not ones that are for building nicer or better cages. —Annotation in the meeting notes of the Statewide Harm Reduction Coalition (SHaRC) on community alternatives to plans for the building of a $27 million “gender-responsive” women’s jail in […]

Discourses of Culture and Sites of Interpretation

This post originally appeared on The Third Space: Textiles in Material and Visual Culture, an online exhibition curated by myself for the Institute for Curatorial Practice.  “Thus confined to a specific place and reduced to a set of taxonomic segments, art is immobilized, stamped as an essence of eternal history.” — Didier Maleuvre, Museum Memories: History, Technology, […]

Rehistoricizing Material and Visual Culture

This post originally appeared on The Third Space: Textiles in Material and Visual Culture, an online exhibition curated by myself for the Institute for Curatorial Practice.  “It is that Third Space, though unrepresentable in itself, which constitutes the discursive conditions of enunciation that ensure that the meaning and symbols of culture have no primordial unity or […]

Internship Update: The Third Space in Material Culture

This blog post originally appeared on The Harold, and is part of a series of essays, opinions, and reviews written by students, faculty, and staff of the Institute for Curatorial Practice. As an intern for the Institute for Curatorial Practice, I am particularly struck by ICP’s ability to bring a wide range of collections into one conversation. […]

body / freedom / art: Rethinking disability through art

This post originally appeared on the National Museum of American History’s blog O Say Can You See Smithsonian Curator Dr. Katherine Ott invited students in Dr. Samuel J. Redman’s Museum/Historic Site Interpretation Seminar to explore the museum’s disability history collections and write blog posts sharing their research. The blogs are part of the celebrations commemorating the […]