Wednesday, September 20
Curating Participation: A Public Dialogue with Kelly McKinley, Laura E. Pérez, and Peter Samis
In this public dialogue, we explore how museums and other arts organizations are responding to the call for participation in our current moment by placing the visitor at the center of the museum experience. How does the “participatory turn” change the role of the curator? How does participation change the divisions of labor within the organization itself? When does participation deepen the experience of a visitor and when does it create new distractions? Considering these questions are Kelly McKinley, deputy director of the Oakland Museum of California; Laura E. Pérez, professor of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley; and Peter Samis, associate curator of interpretation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.