Conversations | Museum Talk | Activism and the Institution
Jodi Throckmorton, Christopher Bedford, and Julia Halperin
Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Christopher Bedford, Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Moderated by Julia Halperin, Executive Editor, artnet, New York
Political and social activism has been gaining traction in many parts of the world in recent years, achieving new significance both in everyday life and cultural spheres. Public scrutiny of the internal mechanisms that dictate how organizations are run, whether corporations or museums, has increased, which has had an impact on the relationship between activists and these bodies. So how does this kind of activism influence the way museums function? And how have artists’ sensitivities towards race and gender changed? The talk also considers how institutions’ boards and staff are adapting to the rapidly growing concerns raised by their art communities and the general public, as well as how exhibitions and collections are reflecting these shifts.