Ohio History Center Refreshes Controversy Exhibit

Controversy 2: Pieces We Don’t Talk About is a thought provoking new exhibit at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, OH. The exhibit features five challenging objects from Ohio Historical Society collections that focus on the nature of stereotypes and the construction of personal identity.

Controversy 2, Ohio History Center

Intentionally thought-provoking, the five objects for Controversy 2 include: a Nazi flag, a Paul Lawrence Dunbar poem written in dialect, a child’s toy bowling set with pins that feature ethnic caricatures, prints from the Currier & Ives “Darktown” series, and a 1946 Cleveland Indians jacket.

As with the first Controversy exhibit, the objects will have very little interpretation, with only a short label to describe them. More information will be available at the end of the exhibit, in a conversation space where visitors will have the opportunity to discuss the issues with each other and write personal reflections. The exhibit is on display through Dec. 30, 2012.

Controversy 2, Ohio History Center

Asking questions about race and racial stereotyping from a historical perspective, the new Ohio History Center exhibit complements the exhibit RACE: Are We So Different?, on display at COSI Columbus through May 6, 2012.

Free With Ohio History Center Museum Admission
Controversy 2 is free with Ohio History Center museum admission: $10/adults, $9/seniors (60+); $5/youth (6-12); Free/Ohio Historical Society members or age 5 and under. Museum hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.