In light of the recent Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s “Kimono Wednesdays” controversy, we’d like to explore the issues of minority representation in mainstream US museums and who gets to decide how cultural artifacts are represented and presented to the public. This discussion touches on issues of postcolonial politics and US identity in the 21st century.
Join us on Wednesday, October 7 (7–8:30pm) at Livestream Public (195 Morgan Avenue) in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
The event is free, but please RSVP here.
Our confirmed panelists include:
- Decolonize Our Museums, a Boston-based collective that spearheaded the #kimonowednesday protests
- Ryan Wong, Brooklyn-based art writer with extensive museum experience
- Seph Rodney, South Bronx-based arts writer born in Jamaica, who just completed his PhD at the University of London on how the museum visit is changing
- Akiko Ichikawa, NY-based interdisciplinary visual artist and Japanese-American historian
- Moderated by Hrag Vartanian, Hyperallergic’s editor-in-chief
There will be a cash bar on site.
Watch the video stream LIVE here.
Event updates can be found here.
Hyperallergic #ArtTalks invite leading voices in the arts to participate in intimate gatherings, with the goal of sparking discussion, debate, and further action on an evolving idea or project.
What feels like the right way to write about Roman Catholicism, or Christian iconography, to most art critics is heavily influenced by museum discourse, which is far from neutral.
A group exhibition at the Americas Society investigates ideas of paradise, approaching the Caribbean region as a product of the visitor economy regime.
The unique MFASA at the Institute of American Indian Arts offers mentorships with world-renowned Indigenous artists, flexible schedules, and access to one of the US’s cultural capitals.
Visual artists who incorporate psychedelics into their practices maintain a foundational understanding that there is more to reality than meets the eye.
Many in the local Ukrainian community want the museum’s name to be changed to reflect the many artworks in its collection by artists from former Soviet states.
Lisa Ericson renders her real-world subjects beautifully, but the situations in which we find them are uncanny, menacing, and unexpected.
Contemporary society in the United States normalizes the idea of the exhausted mother, so why wouldn’t mother nature be equally exhausted?
Field of Vision’s latest free streaming offering focuses on a vulnerable population put at risk, told through the stories of those inside.
Tsai’s style is the opposite of boring; in demanding the viewer’s attention, he allows for incredible moments of human connection and discovery.
Over 4,000 artists have signed on to the event, with a nifty online directory listing paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and much more.