National Gallery Director Speaks Up on Delayed Guston Show

October 5th, 2020

Kaywin Feldman, director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, speaks up on the delay of the Philip Guston show announced this past month, noting a focus on including black voices in the planning of the show’s new form. “Number one in today’s America—because Guston appropriated images of black trauma—[is that] the show needs to be about more than Guston. And we weren’t prepared for that. And that’s one of the reasons why I just want to pause and just think about what that means. Also, related [to this], an exhibition with such strong commentary on race cannot be done by all white curators. Everybody involved in this project is white,” she says. “We definitely need some curators of color working on the project with us. I think all four museums agree with that statement.”

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