This Frederick Douglass mural in Easton, Md., is a modern-day makeover that has some in the abolitionist's hometown divided. Alana Wise/NPR
How does a nation or city or neighborhood decide what to collectively remember? Who gets to decide what museums’ collect, display and commemorate and what role can artists have in this conversation? “The National Museum,” a new project from Professor Jon Rubin, critically and creatively engages with the notion of museum as a malleable medium—an institution where an imagined set of social agreements, stories of the past, and visions of the future are constructed in and with the public.
These featured artworks are part of our “art & community” exhibit, a look at how art intersects with local history. Each artwork is historically significant–in some way–and we provide that story here.