Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Cahan, Susan E. Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Cahan, Susan E. Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power

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Cahan, Susan E. Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016, pp. 400, ISBN: 0822358972.

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This book investigates the strategies African American artists and museum professionals employed as they wrangled over access to and the direction of New York City's elite museums. Drawing on numerous interviews with artists and analyses of internal museum documents, the author gives a detailed and at times surprising picture of the institutional and social forces that both drove and inhibited racial justice in New York's museums. Hence, Cahan focuses on high-profile and wildly contested exhibitions that attempted to integrate African American culture and art into museums, each of which ignited debate, dissension, and protest. The Metropolitan Museum's 1969 exhibition Harlem on My Mind was supposed to represent the neighborhood, but it failed to include the work of the Black artists living and working there. While the Whitney's 1971 exhibition Contemporary Black Artists in America featured Black artists, it was heavily criticized for being haphazard and not representative.

The Whitney show revealed the consequences of museums' failure to hire African American curators, or even white curators who possessed knowledge of Black art. …

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