Berman Board: On Dealing with Human Remains, organized by Gala Porras-Kim
This free event is the final installment 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. Porras-Kim’s work researches how to administer and deal with an Overmodeled Skull that is part of the collection by dialoguing with various forensic and crime experts. Over the duration of the show, the skull will transition between being treated like an object in the collection to human remains. This program on closing day will expand upon the artist’s lines of inquiry through a conversation with an invited expert.
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?