Museums of the 21st Century feat. Nana Oforiatta Ayim + Vashti DuBois


Sep 13, 2018
06:00 PM until 07:30 PM


Philadelphia Contemporary and the Wagner Free Institute of Science present Museums of the 21st Century, a new series of public conversations with the founders, writers, curators and artists altering our conception of what a museum can offer its public.


The inaugural event will feature 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. Moderated by Nato Thompson, 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 take place in the Wagner’s 19th-century auditorium, a landmark space in the history of public education and scientific exploration. This talk is supported by the Open Society Foundation.




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1700 W. Montgomery Ave
Philadelphia, PA

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Wagner Free Institute of Science and Philadelphia Contemporary


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