Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary

Who deserves to be in a museum? For too long, the answer has been "the extraordinary"—those aspirational history-makers who inspire us with their successes. But those stories are limiting, says museum curator Ariana Curtis. In a visionary talk, she imagines how museums can more accurately represent history by honoring the lives of people both extraordinary and everyday, prominent and hidden—and amplify diverse perspectives that should have always been included.

Related Stories