International Museologists Ivan Karp and Corinne Kratz visit KZN
by Francesca Verga
Internationally respected museologists Ivan Karp and Corrine Kratz visited Durban recently after attending the Africom Conference in Cape Town. They came on the invitation of Carol Brown, Director Durban Art Gallery, who met them whilst they were supervising the Emory Scholarship programme in which she participated earlier this year.
They visited many of KZN's museums, including Pietermaritzburg's Tatham Art Gallery, Natal Museum, Durban's Local History, KwaMuhle and Natural Science museums as well as a number of museums in Zululand .
Karp has edited several important museum publications including Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture and Corrine Kratz's book The Ones That Are Wanted: Communication and the Politics of Representation in a Photographic Exhibition was recently nominated for the Arnold Rubin Award. The two have recently published a book entitled Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations which will be soon available in South Africa. Whilst in Durban they presented a seminar to UKZN History students and museum professionals at Campbell Collections discussing issues in the book.