Responding to Widespread Demands, Museums Are Acquiring More Works by Artists of Color.

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Prompted by the recent cancellation of “Collective Actions: Artist Interventions in a Time of Change,” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Melissa Smith investigates calls for the work of Black artists to be acquired, installed, and showcased with more care and attention. In this piece for Artnet, Smith pinpoints the long-simmering tension between curators, and the exhibition of work by Black artists.

“The best the institutions could come up with is to throw on a show or a program. They really keep thinking of that quick, band-aid fix, when what they need to do is fix their internal dynamics.” - La Tanya Autry