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What Should Diversity Look Like in a Museum Setting?

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Greetings everyone, 

It's Dan Grossman, writer on arts, faith, & equity.

I hope everyone had fun watching fireworks last night, and I hope you weren’t too distracted by the shenanigans in Washington D.C. to appreciate them.  

Today I’m publishing an article titled “Dr. Kelli Morgan Brings Diversity to Newfields,” an article about the Newfields’ associate curator of American Art and her initiative to bring more diversity to the American galleries.

Dr. Kelli Morgan Brings Diversity to Newfields

I’m excited to say that we got some perspective for this article by not only talking to Morgan, but talking to Nancy Rosoff, the Andrew W. Mellon Curator and Chair of the Arts of the Americas at the Brooklyn Museum, who spearheaded a massive diversity initiative in their permanent galleries.

Have you been in the Newfields galleries lately? What are your thoughts on what diversity is? On what it looks like in a museum setting? Let us know your thoughts here.

Last week, there was a wonderful memorial, well-attended, for longtime Indianapolis Art Center instructor and artist Ellie Siskind who died May 2. Ellie’s paintings celebrated life but also exposed human insecurities and faults. She once invited my daughter Naomi and I over to her house.  She drew while Ellie and I talked art. She was delightful to talk to; she could also be delightfully dour. Here’s a review of Ellie’s work from the archives:

Review: Siskind and Inger at Gallery 924

Today’s the first Friday of the month, when all the downtown galleries have their open houses.  July’s never been a particularly busy First Friday month but there are some interesting exhibitions around this month. Indianapolis-based producer and artist Wildstyle Paschall will have a multimedia installation all about hip hop at Listen Hear.  And then there will be an exhibition of work by tintype artist Keliy Anderson-Staley titled “Aurora Photo Center” at Tube Factory Artspace. If you miss the last one because, say, you’re too hung over from July 4, not to worry.  The work will hang July 5-26 at the Tube.

I might just have a write up for you on one of these exhibitions next week, but I need you to know that I can’t continue doing these write-ups -- and NUVO can’t keep on publishing them -- without your financial support.

Best wishes,


Writer Arts, Faith & Equity

Having lived and worked in Indy on and off since 1977, and currently living in Carmel, I've seen the city change a great deal. I love covering the arts in all its forms, and the places where the arts and broader cultural issues intersect.