and the Wagner Free Institute of Science
present Museums of the 21st Century
's inaugural event, featuring Ghanaian writer, art historian, and filmmaker Nana Oforiatta Ayim discussing her pan-African Cultural Encyclopaedia, in conversation with artist and writer Vashti DuBois, who will speak on her experiences as the founder and director of The Colored Girls Museum in Philadelphia. The event will be moderated by Nato Thompson, Creative Director of Philadelphia Contemporary. This talk is supported by the Open Society Foundation.
Ayim and DuBois will present their visions for the future of museums and discuss their potential as spaces for displaying objects and as critical platforms for evaluating post-colonial heritage. The talk will be hosted in the Wagner’s 19th-century lecture hall, a landmark space in the history of public education and scientific exploration. The talk will be followed by a brief reception.
Museums of the 21st Century, a new collaboration between Philadelphia Contemporary and the Wagner Free Institute of Science, is a series of public conversations with the founders, writers, curators and artists altering our conception of what a museum can offer its public.