For Walker Reader’s fourth installment of Soundboard, a new multi-author feature, I took a most obvious news hook—New Year’s resolutions—to more substantive question: how should art museums commit to change in the coming year? Seb Chan (chief experience officer at Melbourne’s ACMI, formerly at Cooper Hewitt), Laura Raicovich (writer, curator, former director of the Queens Museum), Nicole Ivy (inclusion strategist, futurist, former AAM inclusion director), and Anthony Romero (artist, Tufts professor, cofounder of a Latinx art funder) shared their perspectives, offering smart suggestions are wealth inequality, representation, salary transparency, and the myth of museum neutrality.
The project follows three other Soundboard panels:
• How Should Museums Deal with Art by Alleged Harassers? Featuring Rashayla Marie Brown, Deborah Culinan, Tyler Green, Theresa Sotto, and Jillian Steinhauer (March 2018)
• How Will We Queer Design Education Without Compromise? Guest-edited by Nicole Killian and featuring Kristina Ketola Bore, Nate Pyper, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Ramon Tejada (July 2018)
• What Can Art Do That Journalism Can’t? Featuring Natalia Almada, Jackie Amézquita, Dorit Cypis, and Ifrah Mansour