Museum Futures

Publication + Research Group    2012 - Present    NYC + Stuttgart + San Diego

Museum Futures is a transdisciplinary platform for research on the dynamic ways a museum can perform.

Although we often think of a museum as a static collection of objects to be kept a safe distance from, behind this seemingly impenetrable identity is a network of individual actors that have a stake in their museum’s role as a public actor. Whether it be through the vehicle of a button jar, an ipod touch or a fish trap, a museum has the potential to perform as a dynamic public commons. In the spirit of such possibility, Museum Futures provides a glimpse into the work of educators, anthropologists, consultants, and curators who are re-thinking the performance of the museum’s past, present, and future.

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Project Directors: Kate Clark (editor, illustrations) Christopher Kennedy (editor, design) and Pablo von Frankenberg (editor)

In collaboration with Pratt Institute, Living Archives in San Diego, California, Elsewhere in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Institute for Empirical Cultural Science in Tübingen, Germany.