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Curatorial Conversations: Cultural Representation and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Olivia Cadaval, Sojin Kim, and Diana Baird N'Diaye


Since its origins in 1967, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival has gained national and international recognition as a model for the research and public presentation of living cultural heritage and the advocacy of cultural democracy. Festival curators play a major role in interpreting Festival principles and shaping its practices. Curatorial Conversations brings together for the first time in one volume the combined expertise of Festival curatorial staff—past and present—in examining the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage’s cultural heritage representation practices and their critical im ... More

Keywords: Cultural Representation, Curator, Public Sector Folklore, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Institution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496805980
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2017 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496805980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olivia Cadaval, editor
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Sojin Kim, editor
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Diana Baird N'Diaye, editor
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

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Front Matter


C. Kurt Dewhurst and Marsha Macdowell


Robert Baron


Diana Baird N’Diaye, Olivia Cadaval, and Sojin Kim

Part One Early Vision and Transformations

Part Two Collaborations and Cultural Politics

Part Three The Poetics of Representation

Part Four The Festival as Catalyst


James Early