AAM Convention 2015

May. 15, 2015 - May. 19, 2015 Atlanta, GA

The Natural History Museum occupied┬áthe largest exhibitor space at the American Alliance of Museums annual convention in Atlanta this year. The AAM convention is the world’s largest gathering of museum professionals, with 7000 museum staff from 60 countries in attendance.

The Natural History Museum highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature, yet are excluded from traditional natural history museums. Our┬áprimary subject of study is the “fossil fuel ecosystem”, characterized by a complex set of interrelated feedback loops encompassing land, energy, politics, society, economics and culture.

At the AAM convention we┬áturned our anthropological gaze on traditional science museums as ideological habitats within this ecosystem. We re-created installations from NY’s American Museum of Natural History, including previously excluded socio-political context about the museum’s board member and biggest sponsor, David H. Koch.

The dinosaur hall in NY's American Museum of Natural History depicted several hundred years into a dystopian future.

This diorama depicts the dinosaur hall in NY's American Museum of Natural History several hundred years into a dystopian future.

The Natural History Museum, a new museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature, in the single largest exhibitor spot at the annual museum convention.

Re-creation of diorama from a 2009 climate change exhibition at NY's American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), this time with an oil pipeline attributed to Koch Industries, a company co-owned by AMNH board member and exhibit sponsor David H. Koch.

Re-creation of diorama from a 2009 climate change exhibition at NY's American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), this time with an oil pipeline attributed to Koch Industries, a company co-owned by AMNH board member and exhibit sponsor David H. Koch.

A feedback loop of water circulating between 2 tanks and a working water fountain. One tank holds water from a fountain in NY's American Museum of Natural History. The other tank holds water from North Pole, AK, contaminated by chemicals leaked from an oil refinery owned by Koch Industries.

A feedback loop of water circulating between 2 tanks and a working water fountain. One tank holds water from a fountain in NY's American Museum of Natural History. The other tank holds water from North Pole, AK, contaminated by chemicals leaked from an oil refinery owned by Koch Industries.

A feedback loop of water circulating between 2 tanks and a working water fountain. One tank holds water from a fountain in NY's American Museum of Natural History. The other tank holds water from North Pole, AK, contaminated by chemicals leaked from an oil refinery owned by Koch Industries.

A monitor screens a video series called "What is the Museum of the Future", featuring interviews with luminaries from art, science, activism, and the museum sector.

Our mobile museum bus, used for expeditions with scientists and members of the public, or to travel exhibitions. The museum of the future has no ties to the fossil fuel industry, and it champions a sustainable and equitable future.

The Natural History Museum's screening tent within our exhibition, featuring videos and films on the Anthropocene, fossil fuel industry greenwashing, the climate denial machine, and other topics

The Natural History Museum's exhibition at the world's largest museum convention, hosted by the American Alliance of Museums. 7000+ museum professionals from 60 countries around the world in attendance.

Panorama of The Natural History Museum's 90-foot long exhibition at the world's largest museum convention.