“#MeToo & the Arts,” an exhibition featuring an original display and a slate of programs on sexualized harassment and gender inequity in the arts is on view at the Royal Ontario Museum, through October 21, 2018.
“Museums today are struggling with what to do when artists represented in their galleries are accused of sexual harassment or when artworks in their collections are viewed as problematic. ‘#MeToo & the Arts’ offers audiences a series of public engagements that explore the intersection of #MeToo and the arts, with a focus on museums,” the Museum states in a press communique.
“#MeToo & the Arts” at Royal Ontario Museum was prompted by “Modernism on the Ganges,” a posthumous retrospective of Indian photographer Raghubir Singh, and an allegation of sexual misconduct made against him.
When “Modernism at the Ganges” was on view in New York at the Metropolitan Museum, a Brooklyn-based artist, Jaishri Abichandani, organized a protest at the museum, accusing the deceased artist of sexually assaulted her back in 1995 when she worked with him as an assistant in India. This presented a quandary to both the Met and the ROM, where the museum was scheduled next “What to do when great art is made by potentially bad people?”
“In the ROM’s role as a vital civic hub, we have a responsibility to take on important and challenging topics that are shaping our society today,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “The issues of power dynamics, sexual misconduct, and gender inequity raised by #MeToo are transforming the way we think about art. Museums everywhere are grappling with these issues and we believe that by creating public space for debate and discourse, we have an opportunity to advance the discussion on a critical issue of our time.”
The display examines how museums are engaging with issues raised since October 2017 when the #MeToo movement gained momentum. The display invites audiences to learn, reflect and consider their own questions and answers on the issues.
The exhibition is on view through October 21, 2018, at 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6, Canada.
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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
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