knick knacks: notes on a curatorial practice

also knickknack, nicknack, “a pleasing trifle, toy,” 1570s, a reduplication of knack (n.) “ingenious device, toy, trinket” (1530s), a specialized sense of knack (n.) “stratagem, trick.” (from the Online Etymology Dictionary)

i buy back all the spirits turned into toys:…

Louise, Deep in the Heart of Blackface

“Spidering” is how Nadine George-Grave describes the dynamics of her research approach—“some lines of the webs…will break through other lines of wisdom and memory; some will be dead ends….” Since Louise didn’t leave us much to know her by, I’ve …

The American Dream

Most of the women were immigrants. The stories in the news were about them leaving their countries in search of better opportunities for their children. The classic immigrant story.

Their children talked about mothers who spent all their time working, …

Seeing our work in the future

For me, writing these blog posts feels like walking on eggshells. Kind of a “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” situation. They are part of the fellowship process, but I struggle to do them. The struggle is not …

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Happy Lunar New Years! Lunar New Year is celebrated by people with ancestry in or living in Vietnam, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, and other countries. It is a coming home holiday that honors ancestors, celebrates family, gives …