What came first – the object or the interpretation? Okay, so this isn’t quite the chicken and the egg scenario…but it’s a fascinating question none the less.
Can objects speak for themselves?
My gut reaction is “yes, yes, YES!!!” (I’m a big fan of radical trust, after all), although I know that this opinion isn’t necessarily the most popular one out there. Click here to see some of the feedback Drew has received and weigh in on the conversation yourself.
Are some objects so powerful that they require no content or interpretation? Can you name any examples? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Drew Radtke is currently pursuing his M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. A Virginia native, Drew has worked extensively with historical issues of slavery and civil rights and their treatment in museums and other cultural institutions. He is primarily interested in the topics of shared authority among museum professionals and the public, access to cultural sites for all regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status, and using museums as vehicles for creating meaningful conversations about current human rights and social justice issues. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @RadtkeDrew.