Decolonizing the Academic Art Museum: Goals and Strategies
Colleges and universities continue to reckon with injustices in their histories and ongoing discriminatory practices, which are often symbolized by monuments and named buildings on their campuses. Simultaneously, museums of all kinds are being held accountable for exclusionary practices, opaque finances, exploitative labor practices, and colonial histories. Museums that are part of colleges and universities have unique challenges--and opportunities--during this important moment of activism, as people who visit museums and people who work at museums seek anti-racist, equitable, decolonial institutions that pursue social change, rather than uphold an unjust status quo. This panel convenes curators including RISD Museum's Gina Borromeo, Chief Curator & Curator of Ancient Art and Jan Howard, Houghton P. Metcalf Jr. Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, to discuss specific decolonial strategies that academic museums can pursue.
- La Tanya Autry, Cultural Organizer, Co-producer of Museums Are Not Neutral, Founder of The Black Liberation Center, and Independent Curator
- Gina Borromeo, Chief Curator & Curator of Ancient Art, RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design
- Jan Howard, Houghton P. Metcalf Jr. Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Rhode Island School of Design
- Rosario Granados, Marilynn Thoma Associate Curator, Art of the Spanish Americas Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
- Jami Powell, Associate Curator of Native American Art, Hood Museum, Dartmouth College