Collecting Institutions are Not Neutral

In response to the events of 1/6/21

When viewing images of Wednesday’s attempted coup by Trump-loyal extremists who invaded the U.S. Capitol Building and displayed anti-Native, anti-Black and anti-Jewish symbology, we were struck by the layering of narratives between the violent scenes and the artworks on display in the background.

The U.S. Capitol actively houses, cares for, and displays cultural resources related to American history. As a collecting institution ourselves, Five Oaks Museum exists in relation to that work.

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