I can’t believe it is my second to last day here.  I’m kind of sad to leave because I’ve had a great time, but I’m very happy to be heading home as well.  I imagine most SARF fellowships end in a beginning, really.  There is only so much you can get done in two months and if interesting and exciting ideas are generated, they will need to be kept alive well past this research stage.

I know that I will be back, probably quite a lot.  Things are progressing for a potential future exhibit and if that happens, there will be many more trips.  Here’s a (not so) pretty picture of what I am thinking for the exhibit:

  • blue buildings: Smithsonian art museums whose archives I will be using in the exhibit
  • gray circles: different sections of the location-based musical composition
  • orange dots: archival artist voice recordings
  • red dots: present-day participant recordings

I included this diagram in a presentation I gave at the Archives of American Art today which attempted to wrap up what I have done with my time here.  It was a really useful exercise to take a step back and assess and try to put it all into a few Keynote slides. I feel like I have just begun something very exciting and potentially far-reaching and influential in my career…let’s hope I’m right!

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