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Curatorial ConversationsCultural Representation and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival$
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Olivia Cadaval, Sojin Kim, and Diana Baird N'Diaye

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496805980

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496805980.001.0001

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Mediating and Immediating at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

(p.11) Prologue
Curatorial Conversations

Robert Baron

University Press of Mississippi

The prologue reflects on the relationship of conventional museum curatorial practice to Smithsonian Folklife Festival curatorial practices. In particular, it examines the multiple mediations in which Festival curators are involved and the process of “presenting” artists and participants to the public. It raises questions about the perils of objectification of artists within these “living exhibitions” and argues for dialogic approaches to developing Festival programs that incorporate participatory or community curation.

Keywords:   Community Curation, Dialogic Museums (dialogism, dialogic), Mediation (Festival mediation; mediating culture), Objectification, Participatory Curation

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