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Working Toward Gender Equality in the Arts

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Sep 22, 2016

On Monday, September 19, ArtTable held its annual leadership series at The New School, focusing on the future of gender equality in arts leadership. The panel featured Holly Block, executive director, The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Thelma Golden, director and chief curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, the Brooklyn Museum; and Laura Raicovich, president and executive director, the Queens Museum.

According to an article on Artsy, the discussion looked at the role women will continue to play in the arts, including stewardship of major cultural institutions, while also recognizing their historical impact. Andrea Geyer at The New School reminded audiences Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney founded the Whitney and the Hewitt sisters founded Cooper Hewitt. “How do we disrupt this fact that even though museums and culture in this country are based on women’s work, and work of other represented communities, they’re not remembered for it?,” she continued. “What are you doing in your leadership roles, right now, to prevent this kind of collective forgetting from being perpetuated?”

The panel also recognized that being a woman in a senior leadership role may not be enough. “Every bit of the institution has to be truly diverse, otherwise we can’t tell true or multiple stories of history. Without having diverse collections, diverse histories being told, diverse staff, and diverse boards, our lens is too limited. What good are we doing?” said Anne Pasternak, director of the Brooklyn Museum.

Read the full article here.

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