Talking Collections with Ariana Curtis and Neal Matherne

A variety of museum pieces laid out on a shelf, including a metal buddha, a bronze candelabra, a white, ceramic figurine, and a jade pot.
Install view of The Shelf, Tang Teaching Museum, March 2019

Join us on Thursday, February 20, at 9:30 AM, in the Scribner Library, for a discussion with Ariana Curtis, curator of Latinx Studies at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Neal Matherne, Mellon Collections Ethnographer at the Tang Teaching Museum and the Lucy Scribner Library, about the place of archives, objects, and intangible collections within the everyday life of an institution. Students are encouraged to attend with questions for Curtis about the heritage profession. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Tang Teaching Museum and the Lucy Scribner Library and supported by “The Stories our Collections Tell: Primary Sources at Skidmore College,” a project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  

About Ariana Curtis

Dr. Ariana A. Curtis is the first curator of Latinx Studies at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. In addition to conducting Latinx-centered public programming at the Anacostia Community Museum, she curated two bilingual exhibitions: Gateways/Portales, which received honorable mention in the 2017 Smithsonian Excellence in Exhibition Awards, and Bridging the Americas. She also organized Revisiting Our Black Mosaic, a full-day symposium about race and immigration in Washington, D.C. Ariana Curtis has appeared in national media outlets including LatinoUSA, The Root, and USA Today. She holds a doctorate in Anthropology with a concentration in race, gender, and social justice from American University, an MA in Public Anthropology from American University, and a BA from Duke University.

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