Museums & Race: Racial Justice and the Art World

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Articles, guides and resources that address racial injustices and related issues in museums and the art world.

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Art as Therapy: de Botton, Alain, Armstrong, John: 8601300390567: Amazon.com: Books

Art as Therapy

Art as Therapy: de Botton, Alain, Armstrong, John: 8601300390567: Amazon.com: Books

A Museum Director Asks: What if Art Museums Can’t Measure Up to the Present Moment?

A Museum Director Asks: What if Art Museums Can’t Measure Up to the Present Moment?

As the world moves rapidly toward irreversible and necessary change, art museum directors are talking about adapting their institutions to the times. But what if adaptation is not enough?

Culture Type Picks: 14 Best Black Art Books of 2019 | Culture Type

Culture Type Picks: 14 Best Black Art Books of 2019

BLACK ARTISTS spanning generations are receiving more and more critical recognition and opportunities. Some of the most compelling illustrated art books published in 2019 are monographs con...

15 Enlightening Books About Black Art – BLACK ART IN AMERICA™

15 Enlightening Books About Black Art

15 Enlightening Books About Black Art by Shantay Robinson Modern Negro Art by James A. Porter Modern Negro Art is the first book solely about African American art. First published in 1943, t…

'Tippoo's Tiger', made for Tipu Sultan. (Photo by Alamy)

Museums and colonialism

'Tippoo's Tiger', made for Tipu Sultan. (Photo by Alamy)

Emancipation is a marker of progress for white Americans, not black ones.

Juneteenth and the Meaning of Freedom

Emancipation is a marker of progress for white Americans, not black ones, Jelani Cobb writes.

Earth Guardians Youth Director and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez shows us how his music feeds his environmental activism and vice versa. Martinez visualizes a future that allows us to direct our anger, fear, and passion toward creating change.

Imaginary Borders by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: 9780593094136 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

About Imaginary Borders Pocket Change Collective was born out of a need for space. Space to think. Space to connect. Space to be yourself. And this is your invitation to join us. “It won’t take you long to read this book, but it will linger in your heart and head for quite a while, and perhaps inspire you to join in the creative, blossoming movement to make this world work.” — Bill McKibben, environmentalist, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Nature, journalist, and founder of…

Article: "Performative Allyship Is Deadly (And What to Do Instead)," Holiday Phillips, Forge (May 9, 2020).   Activism can’t begin and end with a hashtag. #blacklivesmatter #antiracism #allyship

Performative Allyship Is Deadly (Here’s What to Do Instead)

Activism can’t begin and end with a hashtag

People are calling for museums to be abolished. Can whitewashed American history be rewritten? - CNN Style

People are calling for museums to be abolished. Can whitewashed American history be rewritten?

A New York museum pledged to remove a statue of President Theodore Roosevelt that shows him towering over Black and Indigenous figures. What other changes might be ahead for US institutions?

A Guide to White Privilege — Courtney Ahn Design

An inside look at an illustrated series discussing a topic uncomfortable to many.

A guide to how you can support marginalized communities

Being an ally is a constant process, and it can be tough to know where to start. Here are some ways that you can support marginalized communities.

White people, here's how we can try to be better allies and proactively anti-racist

It's not enough for white people to just say they're not racist. They need to be proactively anti-racist. Here are a number of ways that white people can address their privilege and actively support people of colour.

BIPOC: What Does It Mean? - The New York Times

Where Did BIPOC Come From?

BIPOC: What Does It Mean? - The New York Times

Mark Bradford Reimagines “Pickett’s Charge”

Mark Bradford Reimagines “Pickett’s Charge” to Include New Voices

Within Bradford's "Pickett's Charge," there is a rawness, a free construction that flies in the face of popular culture's insistence on a simplified historical and visual record.

Article:  "Major US museums slow to respond to the murder of George Floyd highlight systematic injustice in the art world," Katherine Keener, Art Critique (June 3, 2020).   Museums across the US faced backlash from their communities when in the face of police brutality that resulted in the murder of George Floyd, they stayed silent or were slow to speak out. #blacklivesmatter

Major US museums slow to respond to the murder of George Floyd highlight systematic injustice in the art world

Museums across the US faced backlash from their communities when in the face of police brutality that resulted in the murder of George Floyd, they stayed silent