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Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest

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Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest by Laura Raicovich A leading activist museum director explains why museums are at the center of a political storm and how they can be reimagined

In an age of protest, cultural institutions have come under fire. Protestors have mobilized against sources of museum funding, as happened at the Metropolitan Museum, and against board appointments, forcing tear gas manufacturer Warren Kanders to resign at the Whitney. That is to say nothing of demonstrations against exhibitions and artworks. Protests have roiled institutions across the world, from the Abu Dhabi Guggenheim to the Akron Art Museum. A popular expectation has grown that galleries and museums should work for social change.

In this lucid and accessible book, Raicovich examines some of the key museum flashpoints and provides historical context for the current controversies. She shows how art museums arose as colonial institutions bearing an ideology of neutrality that masks their role in upholding conservative, capitalist values. And she suggests ways museums can be reinvented to serve better, public ends.

Hardcover, 224 pages.

From the exhibition Imprinted: Illustrating Race on view June 11 through October 30, 2022 at Norman Rockwell Museum.

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