Curating Queer Heritage: Queer Knowledge and Museum Practice
2012 (English)In: Curator: The Museum Journal, ISSN 0011-3069, E-ISSN 2151-6952, Vol. 55, no 3, 355-365 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Important work in the last decades within the museum studies field has laid bare the implicit nationalist, evolutionist, and patriarchal narratives of the traditional museum. So far, though, only a few writers have discussed the museum’s role in supporting “heteronormative” narratives that consolidate heterosexuality as a norm within social and cultural life. This article is a critical discussion of methodological aspects of a queer perspective in interpreting, exhibiting, and organizing museum collections. Two shows with LGBT / queer perspective that were exhibited in Stockholm, Sweden during EuroPride 2008 are the focus of this article’s analysis. They consist of the photo exhibition Show Yourself! at the Nordic Museum, and Queer: Desire, Power, and Identity at the National Museum of Fine Arts. The author himself was the curator of the latter exhibition. This article offers personal reflections on the methodological challenges of translating an abstract queer perspective into museum practice in order to envision online and on-site museum encounters that can mobilize various kinds of pluralistic passions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 55, no 3, 355-365 p.
Research subject Art History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82042DOI: 10.1111/j.2151-6952.2012.00159.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-82042DiVA: diva2:565184