As we all descended the steps of the Salon 94 gallery steps it felt as if we were entering some sort of inner sanctum.
After we attended the Ethno-Graphics panel in October, we wanted to another opportunity to read graphic novels in an academic setting. The question I pitched immediately after the panel: how exactly do you or should you read a comic book as a scholar? In February, as a follow up to that question, we read Marvel’s Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet (Book 1), written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze as an accompaniment to watching the movie (to clarify— the movie was not based on Coates and Stelfreeze’s rendition of Black Panther).
Early December, we received an amazing opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Pacific Collection in the American Museum of Natural History. We were greeted at the entrance by Jacklyn Lacey, Museum Specialist in African and Pacific ethnology, as well as Rose and Roseanne, visitors and fellow scholars from Papua New Guinea.
Jenna Freedman presents Library Cataloging & Classification: Reifying the Default