The People's Museum of Revisionist Natural Itstory
curated by Kristin Rogers & Christina Vassallo
November 20, 2015 - January 15, 2016
SPACES / Cleveland, OH
The People's Museum of Revisionist Natural Itstory (PMRNI) is a national leader in revising dominant scientific and cultural narratives. It unveils its groundbreaking work in a temporary exhibition housed within the halls of SPACES, a peer organization that is equally devoted to challenging the status quo.
Various exhibits in the perspective-changing PMRNI take us on a magnificent journey through time and space that concludes with an ethic of questioning we ignore at our own peril. Powerful storytelling, exceptional objects, extinct species, multimedia stations, and a feminist planetarium will enable visitors to participate in a collaborative effort seeking narrative justice within the realm of natural history. Dig deeper, through the PMRNI website, to find the museum's research, collections, field notes, and a full calendar of related events, featuring an adults-only sleepover at the Museum.
The PMRNI exhibition team is comprised of: Amber J. Anderson (Cleveland Heights, OH), Lauren Davies (Broadview Heights, OH), Jacob Feige (Collingswood, NJ), Keith Freund (Akron, OH), Jonathan Gitelson (Brattleboro, VT), Brandon Juhasz (Berea, OH), Heather Kapplow (Allston, MA), Marc Lefkowitz (Cleveland Heights, OH), Michelle Murphy (Chicago, IL), David Politzer (Houston, TX), Kristin Rogers (Lakewood, OH), Corrie Slawson (Cleveland Heights, OH), Christina Vassallo (Cleveland, OH). Additional contributors to the gift shop include Pita Brooks (Lakewood, OH), Catherine Butler (Cleveland, OH), Ryan Dewey (Lakewood, OH), and Heidi Neilson (Queens, NY), among others.
- Island of Misfit Mammals: Create your own new species by joining body parts from toy versions of existing animals (FREE for families).
- Fossilizing Fun: Make your own fossils out of anything! SPACES provides some specimens for you to fossilize, but encourage you to bring your own objects, such as feathers, seashells, leaves, or your favorite toy (FREE for families)..
- Dog Days: Join SPACES and Second Hand Mutts Animal Shelter for a special adopt-a-thon. Meet your new best friend or create a doggy toy out of recycled materials for your pooch at home (FREE for families).
- Urban Stargazing: Meet us at the end of the Viaduct for tips on finding stars in the city sky and to catch a glimpse of the Geminids meteor shower. Then, warm up inside SPACES over hot drinks and create your own constellation cards to take home (FREE for families).
- Andrew Alden Ensemble transforms The Lost World (1925), a film about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam, with a live musical score ($15).
- Bug Tasting: Enjoy a five-course tasting of edible bugs and the wine that best accompanies them. Big Cricket Farms (Youngstown, OH) will discuss bug farming as a sustainable form of protein ($15).
Einstein’s Brain: A series of performances and experimental lectures that interrogate science, myths and rationality through the tropes of the academic symposium format, asking questions about the presentation and communication of scientific information at a moment of rampant public doubt and skepticism about the position of science in society today. This event is curated by Greg Ruffing, in conjunction with The People's Museum of Revisionist Natural Itstory (FREE).