A Museum for The Path Ahead: New York City’s Climate Museum
MIRANDA MASSIE (USA)
Director, Climate Museum, New York City
Wednesday 1 May 2019
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre
The University of Melbourne, 761 Swanston St Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings essential: tinyurl.com/NYCClimateMuseum
This keynote will address why we need a cultural shift in response to the climate crisis, and why dedicated climate museums are a necessary, though not sufficient, component of that shift. Massie will situate the initiative within its national and local contexts, discussing the public’s response and presenting work from the Museum’s first year of public programming, in particular its two main art exhibitions. This work illustrates the promise at the intersection of institution building and cultural transformation, and it also spotlights questions, challenges, and tensions that lurk within. How to recognise the transformative power of art without instrumentalising it? How to celebrate individual creativity while pulling toward the collective? How to mobilise a culturally conservative form—the museum—for the radical change we need?
Before launching the Climate Museum, Miranda Massie was a civil rights impact litigator, in which capacity her honours included Fletcher Foundation, W.E.B. Dubois Institute and Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowships, as well as a Mentorship-in-Residence at Yale Law School. In 2014, she left this career in the law of social justice and equality to start laying the groundwork for the Museum, in the belief that the climate crisis was at once the greatest intensifier of inequality and an existential threat superseding all other jeopardy to civilization and humanity.