All posts in colonialism

Museums need to confront racism

The wave of anti-racism sparked by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, exacerbated by centuries of injustice and colonialism’s ugly past, continues its worldwide spread. The kinds of critical questions prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement have touched every industry – and museums are no exception: Are museums successfully integrating People of […]

Letting the public weigh in on a controversial statue of Theodore Roosevelt

Memorial statues have become a point of contention in the US in recent years, specifically those that perceivably glorify the triumphs of some at the cost of others. Statues from the American Civil War period have received particularly strong criticism leading to their defacement, protests, and in some cases, their removal. One well-known statue, though, […]

Whiteness, Sculpture, Historical Inaccuracy, and Colonialism

From the renowned, two-millennia-old Greek sculpture Venus de Milo, to the Roman reconstruction of the Apollo Belvedere, to today’s faux recreations and popular busts that litter tacky American hotels; the modern conception of sculpture from Greek and Roman antiquity has always been blanketed in a glimmering, marble white.  Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, there are […]

Whose Culture Is It?

Earlier this month, the theater group “BP or not BP?” stormed the British Museum in what they called the “Stolen Goods Tour.” The tour featured lectures and performances by indigenous artists and activists from Australia, Iraq, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Greece, as part of a call to return cultural objects from those countries and put […]