Suggested Reading: Diversity in Art Edition

– The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is embarking on a study to measure the diversity in NYC arts organizations. My educated guess is that this survey won’t take long and the results won’t surprise anyone. In the article, Jennifer Smith reports that “Whites make up nearly 80% of the workforce at U.S. museums, according to an analysis of 2009 census data by the American Alliance of Museums.” via WSJ

“The ruling insight that (curator Laura) Hoptman proposes and the artists confirm is that anything attempted in painting now can’t help but be a do-over of something from the past, unless it’s so nugatory that nobody before thought to bother with it.” Peter Schjeldahl reviews the MoMA’s recent exhibition on new painting. He notes that this exhibition has been the only survey exhibition at MoMA to focus on new painting since the renowned 1958 “New American Painting” exhibition. via New Yorker

– If you’re in the nation’s capital stop by the National Portrait Gallery for the event Portrait story days: Benny Andrews. Listen to a story about the American painter, printmaker, collage creator and educator and complete a hands-on activity. The event will take place on both Saturday, January 7th, 2015 from 1-4 pm and Sunday January 7th, 2015 from 2-5 pm, at the National Portrait Gallery, first floor, Education Center, Room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. via Washington Post

– Just when I made one of my New Years Resolutions to read more books (a.k.a less screen time and more page turning), the Metropolitan Museum of Art had to go and release a plethora of Catalogs and other items online for FREE. MetPublications has made 397 out-of-print titles, including exhibition catalogs of past exhibitions. via Open Culture

“By stifling critical voices, the Cuban government is showing its unwillingness to tolerate basic freedoms most citizens in the hemisphere enjoy.” A good Op-Ed by the Time’s editorial staff on Cuban policy in light of the artist Tania Bruguera’s detainment for practicing freedom of speech. via New York Times

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