Museums for the 21st Century, Curation Webinar (20 Feb 2023) – English Version

Run Time: 1:34:43

First Lecture: Indigenous Curation and Appropriate Museology: Examples from Indonesia Speaker: Dr. Christina F. Kreps, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Director of Museum of Anthropology, Museum and Heritage Studies The idea of the museum is typically considered a modern and Western cultural product. However, people throughout the world and since ancient times have had ways of taking care of and passing on their tangible and intangible heritage, or In Miriam Clavir’s words, “what they value.” In this session, Christina Kreps presents examples of Indigenous curatorial methods, models of museums, and approaches to heritage preservation in Indonesia and Thailand. She also discusses the idea of “appropriate museology”—the adaptation of professional museum practices to particular cultural, social, and economic contexts—and the importance of this mixing to making museums meaningful to communities, and thus, sustainable. —————————— Second Lecture: Curating Bangsamoro Textiles from the Periphery: The Centrality of Material Culture in Context and Intersecting Community Discourses Speaker: Dr. Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. External Advisory Board Member, ReConnect/ReCollect Project: Reparative Connections to Philippine Collections at the University of Michigan. In my experiences in curating Bangsamoro textiles, creating inclusive research and public programs served to re-interpret and re-contextualize historical collections. This has meant doing away with preconceived notions and classifications that may have been rooted in their colonial paradigms. Developing local repatriation programs for objects taken from their source communities and having community artists and artisans gain access to them not only reacquaint ancestral knowledge of making and meaning, but they also develop a self-consciousness of their own value. In this lecture, I am proposing that the periphery can then become central within the context of their material culture and practice, serving to develop resistance to the dominant discourses from the urban centers that may bear alien and alienating canons. This curatorial practice is a work in progress and may only succeed in the spirit of collaboration and mutual respect. ——————————– Host: Dr. Megan Hewitt, Executive Director of AIFIS Moderator: Dr. Sandra Sardjono, Founder of the Tracing Patterns Foundation and Dr. Robert Pontsioen, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Cultural History Program of the Smithsonian Institution. Translator: Ana Rahmawati, Museum Balanga in Palangkaraya

Credits: Christina F. Kreps and Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador (Speakers), Megan Hewitt (Host), Sandra Sardjono and Robert Pontsioen (Moderators), Ana Rahmawati (Translator)