Please join GLAS for a guest lecture, Dr. Neal Matherne on “Philippine Co-curation at The Field: Chicago’s Filipinos and their Collection.”
The Field Museum of Natural History invites local Filipina/o Americans in Chicago to become "Co-curators" of the Philippine collection of over 10,000 objects from early 20th century Luzon and Mindanao. Within the world of museum practice, this is a revolutionary development: the inclusion of local cultural stakeholders in the practice of curation, expanding access for both amateur and professional experts. Philippine Co-curation is a program unit within the Field with original programming and accessible heritage resources. Not simply a celebration of Filipina/o identity in the diaspora - volunteers and community members regard this museum space as a "contact zone" between older and younger generations, first and second generation immigrants, and a variety of views on class and acculturation in the U.S, including the messy history of the American colonial/imperial enterprise, ethnic and racial relations within the U.S, and the acceptance of disparate versions of these histories of domination, acquiescence, and resistance. Philippine co-curation is a liminal space where Filipina/o culture is negotiated through the efforts of a vibrant local community.
Neal Matherne, PhD, is the Regenstein Postdoctoral Fellow in Pacific Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois.
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 11am - 12:15pm
Location: Taft Hall 208
This free event is open to the public andin collaboration with GLAS 120 "Introduction to Asian American Studies." Limited seating – please RSVP with Prof. Lorenzo Perillo <Jeloperi@uic.edu>.