Poking at Normal: Museums and the History of Real People
- The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate
- 111 Cedar Street
- Corning, NY 14830
- April 24, 2019 to April 24, 2019
- Rockwell Members: Free, Not-Yet-Members: $10, Students: $5
Lecture by Katherine Ott, Curator in the Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
Since at least the mid-1800s, Americans have been obsessed with measuring, sorting and comparing people. The search for the composite college co-ed, the Fittest Family, and Norma and Normman were amusing parlor games but also became serious attempts to exclude people from civil rights, citizenship, and the human family. Grounded in objects and history, Poking at Normal: Museum and the History of Real People explores the material and visual culture of finding “normal” and what it means for museums today.