A very old problem
Orlando Jewitt, Interior of the Ashmolean, 1836, from the title page of A Catalogue of the Ashmolean Museum. Courtesy of the Ashmolean Museum.
The Ashmolean initiated a long tradition of Westerners laying claim to objects from exoticized locales and building impressive galleries for their safekeeping.
Contemporary collecting practices
If an art museum is not quite prepared to overthrow capitalism, it can still develop more ethical collecting practices.
Another option: Don’t collect
Not worrying about acquiring, storing, and displaying a permanent collection frees up resources for supporting ambitious and challenging new art.
Aliza Nisenbaum painting a portrait of a Minneapolis resident. Courtesy of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Raicovich advocates a series of programs that can help lead a museum to become more of a “commons,” a place to have difficult conversations framed by culture and art.
Curatorial constraints and artist complaints
Barriers to access
The Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA launch party in Grand Park, 2017. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging. Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
“We have to create these ways in which a general public from a wide variety of backgrounds feels like the institutions speak directly to them.”
Header image by Corey Olsen for Artsy.