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In 1940, at the American Negro Exposition in Chicago (marking the 75th anniversary of Emancipation), evocative dioramas were created to celebrate the often-unacknowledged achievements of African Americans. Today conservators, including African American students, are restoring these dioramas, bringing their magic, artistry, and history, back to life. LaStarsha McGarity was briefly featured discussing her conservation treatment on one of Tuskegee University’s twenty dioramas. Correspondent Rita Braver reports. 

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ONLINE: Death to Museums, Virtual Dialogue Series

Death to Museums is an unconference created by emerging professionals who graduated from a museum studies master’s program amidst a global pandemic. Their inaugural two-day event will be held on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Each day features presentations on wide-ranging topics, all with the goal of challenging oppressive museum practices and re-evisioning them anew. As part of the program, Black Art Conservators member, Nylah Byrd, will present Combating Racism at Winterthur Museum alongside Magdalena Solano and Benét Burton. Death to Museums full schedule and event registration.

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ONLINE: Open Letters and a Decolonial Framework

During a global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, art and cultural workers are calling for the end of anti-blackness, systemic racism, and structural injustices within art realm. People who work in the artist realm (artists, curators, educators, frontline staff, art conservators, cultural heritage workers, and others) are using public-facing strategies like open letters to demand the resignation of leaders, defunding the police, diversification of staff and collections, and an overall acknowledgment of practices that uphold colonialism and white supremacy within art spaces. Conversation includes Hammer curator Erin Christovale; artist Jasmine Gregory, representative from Black Artists and Cultural Workers in Switzerland; art conservator LaStarsha McGarity, representative from Black Art Conservators; and Yesomi Umolu, director and curator of Logan Center Exhibitions at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.

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