“Allowing your filter to be as equitable and knowledgeable as possible, changing the notions of engagement and the role of museums in the community, and creating a synergy between disciplines will be the future of this field.”― Museums in a Post-Pandemic World
I frequently speak about my work as a scholar-activist exploring ways to view cultural heritage through the lens of Critical Race Theory. Below are a sampling of my podcast appearances, keynote addresses, topic interviews, and museum talks.
“How does cultural heritage provide us with the tools to shape what collective freedom looks, sounds, and feels like?” I talk cultural heritage and collective freedom with Cathy Hannabach, host of Imagine Otherwise, a podcast about bridging art, activism, and academia to build more just futures.
“Think you know what diversity means? Think again.” I discuss “the ‘D’ word” with Museum Buzz, a podcast that unpacks buzzwords in the context of museums.
I join Franklin Vagnone for a Water Cooler Chat on museum staff, vision, and missions.
The Museum Life
Museums and race, transformation and justice. My colleagues and I reflect on a three-day conversation wherein we interrogated the entrenched racism in the museum world.
Host Ian Elsner and I discuss Visitors of Color, a blog I co-founded with nikhil trivedi to document the museum experiences of marginalized people.
I discuss the Gullah Geechee Corridor during Material Memory’s season highlighting people and collections at HBCU libraries.
Museums Have a Docent Problem: Inside the struggle to train a mostly white, unpaid tour guide corps to talk about race.
UF College of the Arts
Museums in a post-pandemic world: A Q&A about museums in a post-pandemic world, and their role as community and artistic spaces.
Black Futures: Black artists and scholars reclaiming histories and reframing futures through the lens of joy.
American Alliance of Museums
Curators Take Flight: Four curators cast a wide eye on the shifting landscape for curatorial practice
NPR Here and Now
During a year of protests and a pandemic, Black curators are reimagining the future of museums. Topics of conversation: visitors of color, decentering whiteness in museums, and digital engagement.
Brown Political Review
“A Museum for Everybody”: an interview on racism, colonialism, and changing expectations within the museum world.
Chicago’s Art Institute fired its volunteer docents and caused a furor heard nationwide. The fight is really about the future of museums.
“This is a multifaceted subject being reduced to race, when in fact, it’s about what a museum should be in the 21st century.”
Death to Museums
“It is time for us to, in this moment, be willing to let go of the things that are no longer nourishing.” Returning to a “new normal” means returning internalized systems of exclusion. In this keynote presentation, I reject the narrative of “returning to normal.”
Harn Museum Nights
In conversation with internationally-known artist Radcliffe Bailey. We discuss his artistic process and specifically the artwork “Returnal,” a part of the Harn Museum’s collection.
A brief talk for MCN2014 regarding coded language, diversity, community, and trust.
An open conversation on themes of segregation, discrimination, and bias at the Philips Museum in conjunction with the exhibition “People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series.”
Charleston Middle Passage Remembrance
#VirtualSankofa: Honoring our Ancestors who perished during the Middle Passage and showing the presence of the Ancestors in our lives.
Museum Scholarship & Material Culture
Iron Sharpens Iron: Tools for the Revolution. A critical dialogue on EAIJ, Museums, and Race.
UF Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneur-ship
Keynote speaker for the first CAME conference: African Entrepreneurship, The Arts and Beyond. Benin Bronzes, Restitution, the Arts, and Africa’s museum landscape.
USC Baker Diversity Lecture
I discuss the power of cultural heritage institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums to empower communities to facilitate change. This talk examines the role of race in interrogating the structure of museums in the 21st century.
CMA Art Break
I was the consulting curator for Spoken: African American Art in the Collection at the Columbia Museum of Art. In this talk, I discuss how the exhibited artists give voice to their own definitions of self and to how they choose to express blackness.
On Being a Citizen
In conversation with Dr. Tonya M. Matthews and Zaire McPhearson on how museums can shape access for American citizens to the educational benefits of public discourse. We explore issues of identity, public educational access, and awareness of local, national, international, and African diasporic cultural resources.
AIC and SPNHC 2021
Confronting our Biases to Transform Conservation: a session at the AIC and SPNHC 2021 Joint Meeting.
Museums As Progress
Campfire: Dr. Porchia Moore on Cartography for Racial Equity and Inclusion in Museums
I have been honored to give keynotes at several conferences, including the Keynote at the 2017 Hagan Lecture Series at the National Museum of American History, the Closing Plenary Keynote at the 2019 Visitor Services Conference, the Keynote Address at the 2019 International Museum Theater Alliance Conference, and the Big Ideas Keynote at the 2021 Museum Computer Network Conference.