Cultural sensitivity or cultural authority?

Reporting from a debate at the Whitney Museum following the Dana Schutz painting controversy, Wendy Vogel thinks the art institution still has many questions to answer

By Wendy Vogel

Controversy has surrounded the Whitney Biennial since its opening last month. Celebrated in early reviews for its topical purview and representation of artists of colour, the exhibition has come under fire concerning its inclusion of the painting Open Casket (2016) by Brooklyn-based painter Dana Schutz, depicting the dead body of African-American teenager Emmett Till. This past Sunday, 9 April, the Whitney Museum hosted a panel titled ‘Perspectives on Race and Representation: An Evening with the Racial Imaginary Institute’. The event…

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