Melbourne's Immigration Museum (Image: Wikicommons)

When Indian art critic and curator Geeta Kapur said "it is a commitment to see the history of art in conjunction with the history of humanity -- a proposition that is humble, self-evident and audacious" it's safe to assume that Kapur, a long-time champion for the decolonisation of institutions, wasn’t referring to a mere change of name.

For a public institution such as Melbourne's Immigration Museum, the recent discussions about the potential name change to the "Museum of Shared Humanity" is not altogether surprising. The traditional museum model has a long history of control and order.