Off the Wall
In response to new technologies, visions, and markets, the lines among among education, design, collection, advertising, activism, memorialization, and art are increasingly blurred. This area of the blog will address those kinds of questions by continuing the work of “Off the Wall: Critical Reviews of History Exhibit Practice in an Age of Ubiquitous Display,” launched by NCPH in 2010. These reviews aim to expand (or perhaps to explode) our understanding of what constitutes a historical exhibit, and to work on developing a set of conventions for critically evaluating a wider range of history exhibit practice than is currently reviewed in our disciplinary and professional forums.
Related Posts“Ask a Slave”: A front-line fantasy?
“Ask a Slave” is a brand-spanking new comedy web series that is going viral in certain circles. In the series (just two episodes at time of writing; there will be six total), actress/comedienne/NYU grad Azie Mira Dungey portrays the character … Continue readingMissing the history from the historic march on Washington commemoration
Several months ago in this space I reflected on the large crowds that flocked to Washington to witness President Obama’s historic second inaugural. Again, this past Wednesday, crowds assembled in Washington to hear the President offer “historic” remarks, this time on … Continue readingInsta-Memory: Dismantling the Boston Marathon bombing memorial
The City of Boston took down the Boston Marathon Memorial on June 25. The memorial began life at the sites of the twin bombings on Boylston Street in the immediate aftermath of the explosions there on April 15. The city … Continue readingHere a Müemlek, There a Müemlek, Everywhere a Müemlek: Public History in Hungary
I am a historian from Wisconsin, spending a semester teaching in Pécs (pronounced paych), Hungary as part of the Fulbright program. Hungarians publicly remember the past in so many places and in so many different ways that I frequently feel … Continue readingThe telephonic heart: A “machine autopsy” in Ottawa
This spring, I’ve been teaching an urban anthropology class at Tufts University. In the class session before I left for the National Council on Public History conference, we talked about how digital technologies have become ever more interwoven with urban … Continue readingMore Off the Wall Posts →