Hey everyone! It was so nice to be back in class with you this week for our final session before the review and group projects. Thank you for bringing so much nuance and thoughtfulness to our discussions about museums and art institutions today. Here are some of those big, lingering questions without clear answers. I hope we can keep pondering!
Who should get to control where art goes and how it is contextualized?
How important is the experience of the museum as education about other cultures, and when is it more important to respect the cultural significance or intended use of something instead?
Should artworks that were taken or looted originally be returned or remain in place? What kind of process might fairly address this?
How should museums be funded and supported? Are there politics or money sources that should not be connected to them?