The Ivory Art Tower Collapses

By Cheryl McGinnis

  • The Museum of Modern Art reopens in the fall with more inclusive artwork

  • MoMA’s first solo-exhibit will be by prominent artist Betye Saar

Get ready for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to close its doors this summer and with good reason! Alas, it will reopen in the fall with a brand new mindset, inclusiveness. They finally got the memo, woke, whatever you want to call it and all art lovers will benefit. The Ivory Tower of art museums is collapsing under its own weight and rebuilding to reflect a truer American story.

Photo: “Extreme Times Call for Extreme Heroines” 2017, Betye Saar

Photo: “Extreme Times Call for Extreme Heroines” 2017, Betye Saar

Why This Matters: With Gen Z on the heels of millennials, museums are forced to change the way they do business, otherwise they will not be in business. In short, the collections are a big bore, been-there-done-that kind of thing. Don’t want to go there, even if it’s free kind of bore. When the MoMA reopens in the fall, look for a reconfigured space, inclusivity, along with more African American artists and increased Native American Art. The museum’s first solo-exhibit will be by prominent artist Betye Saar.

I’ve felt strongly their collection doesn’t reflect New York City or American demographics. MoMA has a strong collection replete in billions of dollars worth of Euro-centric perspective that is not reflective of the human experience. However, we’re all forced to look at the economics of it all.

When the MoMA reopens in the fall, look for a reconfigured space, inclusivity, along with more African American artists and increased Native American Art

Museums have been bastions of elitist thought from their inception. The MoMA is no different but the millennial generation continues to affect these type of institutions. Not just in terms of technology, but with a global perspective that impacts every aspect of their lives including art.

Situational Awareness: Betye Saar currently has an exhibit at the New-York Historical Society called “Keepin it Clean.” There is still time to see it there and then in the fall you can see her work at the MoMA. Being able to witness two great exhibits by an African-American woman who is a formidable artist will truly be a pivotal moment in history.

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