A Year at the Museum: Teaching Global Conversations

A Year at the Museum: Teaching Global Conversations

February 28, 2020 2 By Stanley Isaacs


[lively music] [Voice of Adjoa Jones de Almeida] Global Conversations is an exhibition that takes key objects from our African collection and places them in conversation with
several of our other permanent collections. In as much as the Brooklyn Museum aspires
to be [an] encyclopedic museum and also a museum that seeks to represent
the diverse world that we have, the African collection is invaluable to telling the story. I got so many emails from teachers and administrators. They have expressed to me
the needs for many of their students, not only students in the African diaspora, to be able to understand their cultural heritage, and see
themselves represented in the Museum’s collection. Something that we’ve all really found is that there are a lot of misconceptions that really permeate
kind of every part of our culture, around people’s understandings of Africa. So for us, the African arts collection
is a really important teaching resource to help people understand the diversity of
cultures and artistic traditions throughout the African continent. There are a number of works that I’m really excited to teach from and they are absolute masterpieces—
not only of the collection, but really in the field. [Adjoa] The Kuba mask with the George Washington portrait is a really iconic one. I’m really interested for some new conversations
that I don’t think we’ve had the opportunity to think about and I’m just really excited to be able to center
the continent of Africa as a birthing place for so many aspects, even of classical European history. This is an opportunity to help people understand
what an amazing resource the Brooklyn Museum is and that it’s yours. It belongs to you. So come, you know, and take ownership of this amazing
resource by engaging in these conversations with us. [lively music]