Activist group calls out Brooklyn Museum’s appointment of white African art curator


Days after the Brooklyn Museum announced that it has appointed Kristen Windmuller-Luna to be its new chief curator of African art, the activist group Decolonize This Place published an open letter denouncing the museum’s decision to give the position to a white woman. The letter argues that the decision is “simply not a good look in this day and age–especially on the part of a museum that prides itself on relationships with the diverse communities of Brooklyn”.

The letter argues that this “gathering crisis cannot be confined to a single misstep in recruitment [and] reflects deeper structural flaws within the [Brooklyn Museum’s] culture”. The letter adds that “museum officials need to look beyond demographic diversification per se, notwithstanding the…

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