I’m thrilled to announce that I will be sharing my project Museum of Me at Mass MoCA this Saturday, October 5th. If you’re in the area, please consider coming to this special event!
Museum of Me began with my desire to empower people to engage deeply with the objects and ideas presented in museums by cultivating empathy between visitor and institution. The central question of the project is: what is your relationship with a museum if you are also a museum?
Much like our own bodies, museums are physical sites that are animated by stories, meanings and preferences. They display some artifacts and interpretations publicly, while others remain in storage or are not included in the collection. Just like us, museums attach special importance to specific objects, materials and memories while leaving others silent or unrecognized.
If our bodies are containers for our sense of selfhood, museums are buildings that hold a sense of who we are as a society. What we remember, who and what we display, and who has the authority to make these decisions is a measure of our society’s compassion and capacity for self-reflection.
Museum of Me is a guided visualization that prepares viewers for deep engagement with the exhibitions and experiences we will encounter at Mass MoCA by grounding us in our own sensations and imaginations. This tour through our imagined museums consists of 12 minutes of visualization followed by 15 minutes of structured reflection. I would love for you to participate!
Sessions will be held at 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, October 5
Meet at “the prow” at Mass MoCA and we’ll make our way to one of James Turrell’s installations for our journeys into Museum of Me!