Virtual ProgramTuesday, October 19

21-02 Folk Arts in the Time of COVID, Part I: Documentation as Radical Care in Life-Altering Times

Tuesday, October 19, 9:30 am–11:00 am

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the Folklore and Museums Section

See also Part 2, 22-04


Chair: Suzanne Seriff (University of Texas at Austin) and Marsha MacDowell (Michigan State University)

Forum participants:

Felicia Katz-Harris (Museum of International Folk Art)

Michael Knoll (HistoryMiami Museum)

David Todd Lawrence (University of St. Thomas)

Emily Buhrow Rogers (Indiana University)

Steve Zeitlin (City Lore)

From handmade face masks to street murals to public memorials, grassroots artists around the world have drawn on their expressive arts to educate, advocate and aid their communities in the wake of the deadly CORONAVIRUS pandemic. In this forum, folklorists from museums, federal archives, universities and arts agencies will open a dialogue on the politics, aesthetics and ethics of documenting, collecting and exhibiting these examples of expressive COVID ephemera—an act of radical care which folklorist Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett calls “anticipatory heritage”: a mode of cultural production (documentation, preservation and presentation) in the present that is not yet past--but that we anticipate will one day be past.