The Art Museum as a Political Space


Bring your opinions and questions to this lively conversation about one of the most important issues facing museums in the 21st century – the relationship between institutions, artists, audiences and the politics of our day. Hear from experts in the field as they unpack the complicated, and sometimes contentious, arguments around this topic. Some themes will include the historic connection between art and politics for black artists from the time of W.E.B. Du Bois to our present post-Obama era; the history of exclusion & censorship of queer and feminist art, still and specifically in an era of social media; and a brief overview of the most recent museum controversies around this issue in American museums and the role of news media in perpetuating those controversies. Presenters include Nato Thompson, Artistic Director, Philadelphia Contemporary; Shantrelle P. Lewis, Curator and Critic; and Clarity Haynes, Artist and PAFA Alumnus; moderated by Susan Lubowsky Talbott, Executive Director, Fabric Workshop Museum.