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American art

Oklahoma museum receives vast archive related to 'Black Wall Street' and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

The Gilcrease Museum has also received a $300,000 grant to conserve and digitise the ephemera collection "so that these atrocities would not be forgotten"

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Museums & Heritage

Nancy Spector steps down as chief curator of the Guggenheim Museum, after months of controversy

At the same time, museum’s board announced that an independent investigation found she did not mistreat a guest curator based on her race

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Philip Guston

Directors of Tate and the National Gallery of Art defend controversial decision to delay Philip Guston show

“An exhibition with such strong commentary on race cannot be done by all white curators,” says NGA chief Kaywin Feldman

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Protests

Social media advocacy group calls for a boycott of all US museums in October

The @changethemuseum Instagram account is demanding rapid change to address inequality in institutions, but even with the support of the Guerilla Girls, their calls are being met with skepticism

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Museums & Heritage

Activist employee group demands resignations of three Guggenheim leaders

But support for the statement, alleging “oppressive behaviours” by director, chief operating officer and chief curator, is unclear

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diversity

After 2019 racial incident, MFA Boston hires a senior director of belonging and inclusion

Appointment follows an agreement with the Massachusetts attorney general to embrace diversity and adopt an anti-harassment policy

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Museums

Whitney Museum cancels show following artists' accusations of exploitation

Many black artists objected to an exhibition after they discovered their work had been acquired by the museum through discounted sales to benefit anti-racism causes

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Black Lives Matter

Breonna Taylor—fatally shot by Kentucky police—immortalised by Amy Sherald for Vanity Fair front cover

Painter who famously depicted Michelle Obama honours 26-year-old for magazine's September issue

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diversity

Guggenheim adopts a plan to become more inclusive and racially diverse

Initiative follows accusations by employees of entrenched racism at the New York museum

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Museums & Heritage

‘Racist’ gallery in Liverpool museum to be overhauled in light of Black Lives Matter

World Cultures Gallery at the World Museum ‘privileges the actions of white colonial collectors’, says curator

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Public art

Murals that ‘whitewash’ American history come under fire

Monuments are not the only problematic depictions of the past

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racism

Royal College of Art leadership loses vote of no confidence over racism row

University has now “paused” its hiring of a new head of inclusion after it was blasted for appointing a white man, but could still face strike action this autumn

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Controversies

Mary Rose Museum 'appalled' by David Starkey's racist remarks as British historian steps down as trustee

Tudor specialist has been widely condemned for remarks on slavery and Black Lives Matter in YouTube interview

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Museums & Heritage

Seattle Art Museum responds gamely to fake news release saying it is dissolving

Institution says announcement that it will be run by organisations led by black and indigenous Americans was “a well-done piece of satire”

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diversity

Curators at Guggenheim demand ‘urgent’ reforms of racial inequities at museum

In a letter to management, they call for minority hiring efforts and an inquiry into the treatment of guest curator

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Protests

Protest letter urges New York art institutions to rectify ‘egregious acts’ rooted in white supremacy

Signatories cite “unfair practices”, unequal pay and lack of diversity

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Protests

National Trust for Historic Preservation supports removal of Confederate statues that glorify white power

Trust says such monuments “do not reflect, and are in fact abhorrent to, our values”

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What to do about problematic statues?

Plus, Hew Locke on Agostino Brunias's Dancing Scene in the West Indies. Produced in association with Christie's

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Black Lives Matter

Indigenous artists stand with the Black Lives Matter movement as part of new community initiative

The Rapid Response Art Fund supports Indigenous artists in BIPOC communities that have been affected by the systemic racism that has been "a driving force for hundreds of years" in the US

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racism

In open-letter, Jewish Museum staff ask for greater diversity and transparency

The move follows growing frustration after a Zoom meeting among employees and upper management at the New York institution

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Controversies

Racism on walls of UK government? British Empire murals spark controversy

Politician raises concerns over Sigismund Goetze painting in the Foreign Office depicting Africa as a naked boy

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Three to see

Three cultural projects exploring racial injustice and black resistance

From the artist collective Forensic Architecture's investigation into the UK police killing of Mark Duggan to an interactive platform chronicling the legacy of lynching in the US justice system

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Walker Art Center

Citing killing, Walker Art Center says it will suspend use of police services for special events

Museum calls for holding Minneapolis officers accountable for excessive force and treating people of colour with respect

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Protest

Art world presses pause for #BlackOutTuesday

Mixed reactions for the social media campaign, whereby millions are posting black squares in support for the Black Lives Matter movement—but is it reductive?

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racism

The US has a big racism problem and the art world is not helping

A looted Kaws sculpture and museums' silence reveal a predatory not progressive industry as protests flare following the killing of George Floyd

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Controversies

Artist defends anti-racism football campaign that uses images of monkeys

Italian football league—which commissioned the paintings made by Simone Fugazzotto—have now apologised saying they are "inappropriate"

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Museums

After accusations of racism, MFA, Boston takes steps to become more inclusive

Museum conducts training sessions, changes procedures and plans a new hire

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The Jewish Museum

Ancient antisemitic tropes are resurfacing—it is time to uncover the myths

New exhibition in London shows negative ideas around Jewish people have a long history, in which artists have played their part—and continue to do so

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Alabama memorial confronts America’s racist history

A site dedicated to the 4,400 victims of lynching and a museum about the country’s legacy of inequality opens

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Public art

Public sculpture will commemorate Chattanooga lynching victim 100 years on

Memorial part of push for new works that challenge history of white supremacy in the US

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Rashid Johnson starts filming Native Son in Chicago

The US artist finds contemporary resonance in the 1940s novel