Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

12-05 Creative States (of Mind and Matter): Amateur Museums, Vernacular Displays, and Community Spaces

Monday, October 18, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the Folklore and Museums Section


Chair: Emily Bianchi (Indiana University) and Gabrielle A. Berlinger (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Forum participants:

Gabrielle A. Berlinger (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Joseph Sciorra (Queens College, City University of New York)

Kelley Totten (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

How do object assemblage and display function for those who build, use, and maintain sites of material collection (Cashman 2006; Jackson 2016; Kay 2016; Kirshenblatt-Gimblett 1989; Turner 1999)? This forum invigorates this core folkloristic question, centering alternative art and museum spaces—ambiguous, changing, and even anarchistic spaces. How do people transform everyday materials and vernacular environments into sites of intensified representation and communication? How do their makers balance preservation and recreation, and to what end? Guided by innovative cases, we investigate how people engage these spaces to reflect values and aesthetics, address shared needs, and center distinct conceptions of the world.