It’s too early for US museums to be recording the pandemic

by Rashmee

Posted on June 3, 2020 / The National


In late April, as the coronavirus outbreak continued its inexorable spread, a museum in Los Angeles put out a remarkable call. It asked communities in the western United States — the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains and the west coast — to help “identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance during the Covid-19 pandemic”. The Autry Museum explained … Continue reading “It’s too early for US museums to be recording the pandemic”

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Isn’t it premature, this attempt to capture how we dealt with the pandemic?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 28, 2020


The New York Times reports that several museums across the United States “have begun recording this moment of collective uncertainty in the country’s war against the coronavirus”. What that means is we’re trying to capture a moment in time even as we live through it. How valid will that be? The Times’ piece notes that … Continue reading “Isn’t it premature, this attempt to capture how we dealt with the pandemic?”

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Belgium’s idea of the Islamicate world laid bare at one of its most important museums

by Rashmee

Posted on February 27, 2017


At the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels, one of Europe’s largest, there is a beautiful if dispiriting exhibition of the treasures from the Islamicate world. The term Islamicate, of course, refers to regions in which Muslims live, often in a dominant way. Islamicate does not, however, specifically mean anything to do with Islam, the religion. Anyway, … Continue reading “Belgium’s idea of the Islamicate world laid bare at one of its most important museums”

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Islamic Art museum in Bourghiba’s house in Tunisia is a rare gem

by Rashmee

Posted on April 6, 2016


Some of the treasures at the Museum of Islamic Art in Raqqada near Kairouan in central Tunisia. A copy of the mihrab in the Great Mosque.                 Afghlabid pottery. Note the unusual green.               A Fatimid pitcher.           … Continue reading “Islamic Art museum in Bourghiba’s house in Tunisia is a rare gem”

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Will this be the year the stethoscope enters a museum, never to leave?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 26, 2016


Two-hundred years after René Laennec invented the stethoscope, the doctor’s acoustic tool of diagnosis may be destined for the museum. Apparently, there is nothing the stethoscope does and no intelligence (or sound) it provides that other machines don’t do better. Everything a doctor hears through the stethoscope – from the heart, lungs, bowels and so … Continue reading “Will this be the year the stethoscope enters a museum, never to leave?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK