Does decolonizing the museum mean a radical departure in modes of displaying collections, explaining collections, maintaining collections or in the defense of the very notion of the museum as it has developed historically?
Discussant: Joshua Goode (Cultural Studies, CGU).
The recording of this event will be available for future viewing soon.
The Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, the founder of the TZ Production Company, and the writer, producer, and director of African Independence
Pilar Tompkins Rivas
Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Curatorial and Collections
Forthcoming October 2021
The Future of the Museum and the Audience: A Conversation with Kevin Young, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi is the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, the founder of the TZ Production Company, and the writer, producer, and director of African Independence. Dr. Zuberi is dedicated to bringing a fresh view of culture and society to the public through various platforms such as guest lecturing at universities, television programs, and interactive social media and exhibitions. Currently, he works on human rights initiatives by participating in public speaking engagements, international collaborations with transnational organizations, and individuals dedicated to human equality.
Pilar Tompkins Rivas is chief curator and deputy director of curatorial and collections at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Previously, she was the director of the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) at East Los Angeles College, where she served as director and chief curator since 2016. At VPAM she spearheaded partnerships between the museum and the Smithsonian; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); and the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens; and launched diversity pipeline programs including a museum studies certificate program. Prior to her tenure at VPAM, she served as coordinator of curatorial initiatives at LACMA, co-directing the institution’s UCLA-LACMA Art History Practicum Initiative and the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program in addition to co-curating exhibitions in partnership with the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Tompkins Rivas has also served as curator and director of artist-in-residence programs at 18th Street Arts Center, arts project coordinator at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and curator of the Claremont Museum of Art. She is completing a PhD in Cultural Studies and holds an MA in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University, in addition to a BA in Latin American Studies and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin.