Elements including lights, sounds, and crowded spaces can overload some individuals’ senses and trigger physical pain or emotional distress.
“Many people are asking their institutions to speak up and not be silent,” said Faisal Saleh of the Palestine Museum US.
The Whitney Museum of American Art has just raised its general admission tickets to a whopping $30, topping our list of the priciest cultural institutions.
The Rijksmuseum’s Vermeer exhibition made headlines, but across Europe, many institutions seem to be quietly inching back to their pre-pandemic peaks.
Representation alone will not end inequity in art museums.
“We don’t have to go to Long Beach, or Downtown, or West LA to the Getty,” said artist Anthony Lee Pittman. “We can see art right here.”
The legislation gives institutions more autonomy but less government support for efforts like fundraising and generating revenue.
Some museums are opting for new language to describe the preserved individuals in their collections who were once living humans.
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Brooklyn Museum, among others, continue to hold the remains or possible remains of Native Americans.
“I feel like my past is getting away from me,” said Opal Lee, who founded the institution 20 years ago. She said the collection was unharmed.
Decades since the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act’s passing, many museums and universities have not returned the remains.
Museum guard Dereck Stafford Mangus urges museumgoers to put their phones down, just for a minute.