Friday, August 17, 2018

With new urgency, museums cultivate curators of color

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Robin Pogrebin
A growing number of people of color in New York City’s curatorial world include, from left, Rujeko Hockley, Marcela Guerrero, Adrienne Edwards, and Christopher Y. Lew of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Credit Bryan Derballa for The New York Times
For decades the country’s mainstream art museums have excluded people of color — from their top leadership to the curators who create shows to the artists they display on their walls. Now, eager to attract a broader cross-section of visitors at a time when the country’s demographics are changing — and, in New York, facing an ultimatum linking city funding to inclusion plans — a growing number of museums are addressing diversity with new urgency. The Ford Foundation, with the Walton Family Foundation, last November committed $6 million over three years toward diversifying curators and management at art museums nationwide. The effort funded 20 programs, including those at Lacma; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Pérez Art Museum Miami; and the New Orleans Museum of Art. [More]




Percentage of full-time curators on staff at each institution who identify as people of color.
Pérez Art Museum Miami 
Brooklyn Museum of Art
L.A. County Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Denver Art Museum
S.F. Museum of Modern Art
Guggenheim Museum
Detroit Institute of Arts
Whitney Museum
Museum of Modern Art
Art Institute of Chicago
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
50%
39
36
32
29
28
26
25
25
23
19
19
11