Crosslines - Intersectionality in Museums

From what I've read, Crosslines did a great job of putting intersectionality into action within the museum context. More than a discussion, this was a participatory event designed to engage visitors and artists in a meaningful way. I love it. It proves that this type of inclusion CAN work in museums. We can do more, if we're given the opportunity. 

I wish I had been able to attend this event. I've been reading peoples insights into it, especially those who were able to attend the AAM Conference in DC this year. Alas, my museum didn't have the budget to send me. So, I live vicariously through other blogs. But don't take my word for it (especially since I didn't attend) read more about Crosslines:

Both the Lowrider Rickshaw and the Hijabs and Hoodies Project show interracial interactions that exist without the presence of whiteness, without the white gaze that determines these interactions as “diverse.”

Brown Girls Museum Blog did a FANTASTIC write up about the event. A+++ In particular, I loved the point regarding perspective. Too often the discussion about intersectionality is focused on other identities relationship to whiteness, or heterosexuality, or maleness, etc. We must remember that there are many identities that intersect independently from these. 

Reserving the privilege of knowledge and perspective to you, the museum, rather than the visitors is an act of hoarding, not generosity.

The Uncatalogued Museum shared their experience with Crosslines while visiting the AAM Conference. I loved their take on who 'owns' knowledge. For too long museums and other academic institutions have been the gatekeepers. This is a disservice to the communities we serve. 

Finally, Cabinet of Curiosities shared the trailer on their blog. Loving it!