• Smithsonian Speaker Series: Dismantling Diversity in Museums

    March 23
    March 23

    Adriel Luis, Curator of Digital and Emerging Media
    Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center


    Thursday, March 23, 2017
    6 – 7 p.m. | Presentation
    7 – 8 p.m. | Exclusive Silver Dollar Society Reception*

    Rockwell Members: Free; Students with ID: $5; Not-Yet-Members: $10

    *Silver Dollar Society Members are invited to an exclusive post-lecture reception with the speaker, immediately following the presentation.

    Online registration has closed.  Space will be available at the door!

    While museums have recently embraced concepts of diversity, the practice behind their programs continue to uphold Western perspectives rooted in colonization and capitalism. As a result, diversity has become incorrectly understood as mere representation in the product, rather than true incorporation of the concept. Curator Adriel Luis introduces how his team at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is rethinking traditional museum approaches through its community-curated model of “culture labs.”

    About the Speaker

    Adriel Luis is a musician, poet, visual artist, curator, and coder from the California Bay Area. Adriel is currently based in Washington DC as the Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, where his team has been developing a series of “culture labs” as community-created alternatives to traditional museum exhibitions. He is also a founding member of the psychedelic spoken word collective iLL-Literacy, and moonlights on design projects with artists and non-profits. Adriel frequently travels, with particular interest in how digital space shapes global communities. Adriel can be found across online platforms as @DRZZL.



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