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Destroying a Museum Archive: Sex, Racism, Image, and Contemporary Archeology

Colloquium | October 16 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall


Doug Bailey, San Francisco State University, Department of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology


What happens when people attempt to
discard and destroy a museum archive
that contains many thousands of visual
and material objects? In this workshop,
we discuss the politics, potential,
and violence of archive objects
specifically a cache of over 1200, 35-
mm transparencies from the mid-late
20th century. What lives do they live?
Are they passive and neutral objects
resting peacefully in an institution's
collection? Are they active material things? If the latter, then what affect do they have, what
energies and essences do they constitute, what is their present and their future, where should they
go, and what should they do?


chapman@berkeley.edu