Virtual | Equity & Representation in Contemporary Art – A Panel Discussion for Black History Month
February 25, 2021

Over the course of time in America, large swaths of art history have been omitted, erased, or ignored. This absence has created a significant void in the narrative around how people of African descent and people of color have contributed to the artistic canon.

The impact presents significant disadvantages for artists of color. From artists that have difficulty gaining representation, to art historians overlooking Black and Brown artists’ contributions, to collectors that do not have access to works they would like to acquire, the playing field has never been level. Bias shows up in art schools, in institutions, in hiring practices, in the primary and secondary art market, and in the critical voices that influence all of the above.

Recent news of high-profile curatorial appointments are a move in the right direction. However, there is significant work that remains to be done. What kind of new and inclusive art world can we as art professionals help to create?

Panel Participants:

  • June Edmonds, Award-Winning Artist, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chela Mitchell, Art Advisor and Founder of Komuna House Global Arts Club, New York, NY
  • Dr. Kimberli Gant, McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
  • Moderated by Lynne Toye, Founder of Art Unpacked, New York, NY

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