The call is clear: Museums
must change. Amid an ongoing global pandemic and growing demands for decolonization, racial justice, and economic parity, culture needs new tools for structural transformation. In the first of two special issues focusing on this urgent topic, Artforum
has invited some of our leading theorists, curators, artists, and museum directors to consider how art institutions might evolve.
In this issue:
envisions a more "modest" museum;
Tell the World: Hanan Toukan and Adila Laïdi-Hanieh on how the Palestinian
Museum has responded to the brutal pressures of colonialist violence;
Taking Care: Huey Copeland and Allison Glenn on a show honoring Breonna Taylor at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville;
Notes on Nonprofit: Tim Griffin, Ralph Lemon, and Sarah Michelson reflect on the status of the alternative space; Andrew Russeth on Lee Bul
, and more than thirty-five exhibition reviews from around the globe; Michael Ned Holte on Barry Le Va
, María Belén Correa and Cecilia Estalles speak with Devan Díaz and Thora Siemsen about El Archivo de la Memoria Trans Argentina, Catherine Damman on Tiffany Sia's "Slippery When Wet," Ara Osterweil on Alice Neel, Bárbara Sánchez-Kane shares her Top Ten, and much more.
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