Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Conversations | Museum Talk | What is the Role of Museums in the Age of Political Polarization?

Franklin Sirmans, Amy Sadao, Larry Wheeler, and András Szántó

Franklin Sirmans, Director, Pérez Art Museum, Miami
Amy Sadao, Daniel W. Dietrich II Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Larry Wheeler, Director Emeritus, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina
Moderated by András Szántó, Author and Cultural Strategy Consultant, New York

Throughout the world, museums are confronting a new, polarized political landscape. The forces of nationalism, nativism, and anti-globalism are on the rise, challenging many of the assumptions of inclusivity on which museums have been built. So how should museums navigate this new landscape? Should they openly engage in contemporary politics, thereby risking the prospect of having to take sides and being pulled into contentious debates, or should they offer a refuge from ideology and social conflict, which could leave them appearing aloof and disengaged? What are the roles and responsibilities of art institutions during a time like this?

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