How do museums, art and environmental activism interface? Coming on the heels of Earth Day and the March for Science, our next meetup will feature a Google Hangout with Beka Economopoulos, co-founder of The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum based in Brooklyn that focuses on principles of scientific inquiry, and invites visitors to explore the social and political forces that shape nature. Beka will talk about how collaborations with scientists and local communities can make museums more relevant in a time of profound environmental and social change, toward a vision of building a more inclusive and just society.
Beka has two decades of experience working within the advocacy and sustainability sectors, including Director of Online Organizing at Greenpeace, and is a Co-founder of Not An Alternative–a collective that works at the intersection of art, activism and critical theory. Named in The New York Times and ArtNet’s “Best in Art in 2015” round-ups, Not An Alternative has presented work at museums around the world, including Tate Modern, Guggenheim, PS1/MOMA, Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, MOCAD, and Museo Del Arte Moderno.
Schedule, Thursday 4/27:
6pm – 7pm: social hour with cash bar and music with co-host New England Museum Association
7pm – 8pm: Google Hangout with Beka Economopoulos, with Q&A from the hive
Please register for the free event if possible to give us a heads up on planning.
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue Boston (near the ICA)
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Museumhive also is grateful for support from District Hall, a dedicated civic space where Boston’s innovation community can gather and exchange ideas. District Hall offers a unique combination of open workspace, classrooms, assembly space, flexible use ‘pods’, and writable surfaces everywhere! Also stop by for coffee and food at Brew and Gather.
Kimberly Drew a.k.a. @MuseumMammy is a New York-based thought leader whose practice is at the intersection of contemporary art, race and technology. She works both within traditional institutions and beyond them to help take them to new places.
The most critical voices of the millennial generation are concurrently engaged in developing their political, pedagogical and aesthetic framework. According to Boston-based collective Intelligent Mischief a third-culture perspective, the critical space between the so-called American identity and one’s native country, is “[a] complex place … the people who inhabit them are quite often best positioned to think about complex issues in creative ways. The margins are really the intersections or borders.” Drew’s own practice can be described as such. She creates a place for those who would otherwise be negated access and space. It’s not oppositional, it’s simply an inverted version of what already exists.
While growing visibility and relevance for the MET through social media, she’s gained a massive following in her own right, (113K on Instagram alone) through a careful mastery of the area between the formal and informal. However, that doesn’t mean she isn’t going to keep it real. Below are our favorite four observations by Ms. Kimberly Drew.
Blackness is a technology in and of itself. The way we survive and thrive has always been contingent on building technologies against the system that sets us up to fail.
Spending less time being worried about being “late” and focusing on being worth the wait.
I think about the things I’m sending out in the world because there are so many silences within the web and in the truth of our particular moment. I try to think about the things that I send out, can create, or can share, and how I could share positive images and also real images and also be able to articulate history in a way that feels inclusive…When you’re adding to this noise, in what ways are you improving upon silence?
I’m not really a critic, I’m more of an active observer.
We’re delighted to announce our next meetup and Google Hangout event with Kimberly Drew, social media manager at The Met in NY. Kimberly is a leading thinker in the museum world focusing on black culture and art, with a wide range of media articles written about her work, including “Best Instagram Accounts to Follow” on FastCompany Design, and “4 Black Women Making the Art World More Inclusive” in New York Magazine.
Kimberly was recently named a “Brooklyn 100 Influencer” by Brooklyn Magazine, where she described a beautiful world where “more marginalized people enter institutions, learn the rules, and shatter and restructure them.”
The event will be held at the Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, Boston. The Center is less than a 10 minute Lyft/Uber/cab ride from the Museum of Fine Arts. Please get in touch via our contact form if you’re interested in meeting at the MFA to share a ride.
Google Hangout with Kimberly Drew from 7pm to 8pm.
And here are a few photos from our meetup with Nina Simon last month. A great event — 60 or so showed up for our networking hour, participation on the writeable walls at innovation space District Hall in Boston, social time with colleagues, and a great conversation with Nina on what is ways of connecting with community beyond the walls of a museum…(Thanks to photographer Sarah Rejouis who provided most of these photos.) Read more
Great Hangout with Nina Simon last night on our first Museumhive meetup! Nina shared her perspective on the distributed museum with thoughts drawn from her new book, The Art of Relevance. To take it a step further, you can browse sample content and purchase the book in print and digital form at www.artofrelevance.org.
And here’s the archived video of the Hangout, Read more
Here we are, after a great event, and we’ve updated the way you can view the archived Hangout with Nina. Best way is to view it through our blog entry, so you can view the notes and add your own comments. Enjoy!
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