Art And Race : Museums And Museums

1740 WordsOct 31, 20177 Pages
Museums and Race Museums and institutions have to handle controversies and tough subject matter. There is no easy solution in handling them that will please everyone. However, there some ways that are better than others. For the issues that surround race, I believe there is one way that is better than the rest. I believe the correct way to display works of art or any other offensive work is to give the proper background context of the article. With this proper context, it is necessary to understand the impact the work can have on all different races and to be empathetic with the feeling it can create. To go with this, it is necessary for museums and historic places to be a place of debate. In my analysis I will show several different…show more content…
If they do not history will be lost. If they chose to ignore controversial topics, they are choosing to ignore history and history then can be lost forever. An example of the role museums play in controversial issues is from the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum. The museum displayed works of art that displayed civil rights images and images of black women that were digitally altered. Many people found this to be offensive. The museum decided to leave the exhibit up and to put labels to explain that this exhibit could possibly be offensive. Another example with a very different outcome is when Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image decided to take down a controversial webcam that was mounted on a wall outside of Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image. They decided to do this because there were clashes of violence between pro and anti-Trump people (Campanile). These two examples show how museums have roles in controversy and how they can spark debate or worse, they can spark violence. Race is a very sensitive and delicate topic in today’s society. As stated by Younker, “Race as a topic forces people to confront their personal and social identities in relation to past and present racial issues. This confrontation can lead to feelings of shock, guilt, shame, apathy, and resistance to the truth” (CONTROVERSY AND COLLABORATION: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR USING THE
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