Posted on February 21, 2020
Local East Lansing news reporter writes on Never Spoken Again in the Lansing City Pulse, “This is one exhibit where you don’t want to skip reading the labels. They really live up to the promise of ‘rogue stories.’ We learn that the plaster in the artifacts is bound with hair, still visible, that was shaved from horses DeMille rented from the nearby Presidio army base in San Francisco. We also learn that the Guadalupe boy who wandered into the dunes and found the plaster owl was flogged by his father with a Hot Wheels track for missing work [...] ‘Never Spoken Again’ candidly exposes the complicity of museums in exploiting and distorting non-Western cultures, but for these young curators, that is just a starting point. The exhibit is more than a hall of shame — its playful side, and its delight in a labyrinth of side paths and open doors, hints at a new wave of freedom in museum practice.”
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Image: Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2020. Never Spoken Again is curated by David Ayala-Alfonso and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI). Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography. Courtesy of ICI and MSU Broad.