“Pieces of Now” will feature elements of racial justice protests, the coronavirus pandemic, and its impact on businesses. The exhibit will update periodically.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — On Saturday, the Greensboro History Museum will debut its newest exhibit.
“Pieces of Now: Murals, Masks, Community Stories & Conversation” is a collaborative exhibit that seeks to follow life as it happened in 2020.
The museum wanted to capture the spirit around the racial protests that took place downtown, while also weaving in elements of the pandemic and how it’s affected businesses.
Curator Rodney Dawson said they worked with community members and artists to rehome some of the murals the followed the protests.
“So when you walk in, it is very interactive. You’ll see it’s not just murals. You are going to see the clothing that was worn. The shoes that were worn out. You are going to see a lot of interviews,” Dawson said.
Business owners, artists, protestors, and law enforcement leaders were all interviewed for the exhibit, sharing all of their varying perspectives on racial justice.
The exhibit was even designed with the pandemic in mind so you don’t spend too much time in one place.
“Normally when you go into a museum and you see an artifact or an object, it has some labeling on it. It’s extensive,” Dawson said “You have to sit there and take a minute or two to read it. We intentionally did not want to do that.”
There will be additional resources for viewing made available at greensborohistory.org.
Dawson said he hopes this exhibit will cause visitors to be open to different viewpoints and have tough conversations about race.
“It’s an attempt to tell the story and to be open to learn and open to have discussion,” Dawson said.
The exhibit will update throughout the weeks. The museum would like people in the community to share their experiences and help fill in the missing pieces.