Berman Board: Listening Party, organized by Fiona Connor and Neil Doshi
This free event is part of the public programing related to our current exhibition Berman Board, a group project with Fiona Connor, Neil Doshi, Michala Paludan, and Gala Porras-Kim. For this event, Connor and Doshi will compile interviews conducted with people in and around Los Angeles about being stewards of a non-institutional collections. Excerpted segments will be presented in a listening session, after which the recording will become part of the Berman Board archive.
About this Project
The Berman Board formed in 2017 as a collaborative think-tank to consider the future of eleven objects, gifted to Connor, that originated from regions and cultures across Africa, Asia, Oceania, and North America. Connor formed the board by inviting Doshi, Paludan, and Porras-Kim—whose practices test institutional customs of collection and display—to explore the meanings conferred upon cultural objects through architecture, images, and signs. The project contemplates what it means to trace the hidden travels and worlds of objects and artifacts, considers the ways in which they hold histories of colonial violence, and through this exhaustive process figures out what a conscientious and fair form of caretaking could be. How can we shift the ways in which we understand institutional collections and the language surrounding them, as well as the narratives associated with objects by means of exhibition context and design?