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Mission Accomplished?: As Mainstream Art Museums Rush to Diversify, What is the Role of Culturally Specific Museums Working for a Cause?

Category: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
An image by Valentina Glockner Fagetti showing Latino children wearing home-made masks

This article profiles El Museo, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, examining how they have influenced the practice of mainstream museums.

“I truly believe that cultural institutions are social institutions, and the role of museums is to respond to the community and what is happening in the world”

–Patrick Charpenel

In July, El Museo del Barrio, a museum in upper Manhattan devoted to exhibiting and collecting Latinx and Latin American art, issued a statement in response to the family separation crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. The museum's director, Patrick Charpenel, ... Read More

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