To trash?

"Agatha Christie's picnic basket"

"Agatha Christie's picnic basket." Trash?

The University College of London is holding an interactive exhibit of cultural artifacts with no market value. In “Disposal? Rethinking What to Keep in UCL Collections,” Head of Collections and Curator Sally McDonald highlights the tension between academic, spacial, and monetary value by providing the “opportunity to learn more about how museums are juggling the ethical and practical considerations of managing collections.”  UCL Collections is turning the decision making process over to students and viewers, as the “Disposal?” audience is invited to vote on whether to trash or keep some objects.

From rabbit thighs to left footed cowboy boots, Giles Waterfeld at The Art Newspaper gives a brief overview of some artifacts in question, and of the deaccessioning debate among 21st century museum curators.  The New Scientist‘s “Disposal?” slideshow makes a case for each possibly discarded object.

Exhibit runs through this Saturday, October 31st.

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