Decolonizing Museums: A Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Dan Hicks, Dr. Ruba Kana’an, and curator Chaédria LaBouvier
How have museums grappled with past and present histories of colonial theft, cultural appropriation, and anti-Black racism? Dr. Dan Hicks is Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Oxford, Curator of World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum, and a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. His recent book, The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution was listed as one of the New York Times Best Art Books of 2020. Dr. Ruba Kana’an is Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Toronto. She was a member of the Founding Team of the Aga Khan Museum (Toronto) where she headed the department of Education and Scholarly Programs. Chaédria LaBouvier is a curator, art historian, writer and organizer. She curated "Basquiat’s 'Defacement': The Untold Story," held at the Guggenheim Museum in 2019. She is the first Black curator in the Guggenheim's 80 year history, as well as the first Black woman, first person of Cuban descent to curate an exhibition at the museum, as well as the first Black author of a Guggenheim catalogue and the youngest independent curator to mount an exhibition.
Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University