Complex Challenges, Unconventional Solutions: Finding Opportunity in Crisis

Recorded On: 05/18/2020

In her recent article, “The Pandemic is a Portal,” Arundhati Roy writes, “Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to ‘normality’, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” Join us as four experienced museum leaders, share how they are in the process imagining another world, both for their own institutions and for the field, and how they are fighting for it. Taken together, their stories will shine a light on how—within the midst of all this pain and suffering—we find ourselves at a critically important crossroads in the museum field, and a collective opportunity to emerge as a better version of ourselves.

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Complex Challenges, Unconventional Solutions: Turning the Business of Museums on Its Head
05/18/2020 at 2:15 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/18/2020 at 2:15 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes In her recent article, “The Pandemic is a Portal,” Arundhati Roy writes, “Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to ‘normality’, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” Join us as four experienced museum leaders, share how they are in the process imagining another world, both for their own institutions and for the field, and how they are fighting for it. Taken together, their stories will shine a light on how—within the midst of all this pain and suffering—we find ourselves at a critically important crossroads in the museum field, and a collective opportunity to emerge as a better version of ourselves.