On Tuesday, the Whitney Museum of American Artwork introduced that it had added seven new members to its board of trustees; the listing consists of artwork collector and Drawing and Print Committee member Katja Goldman, the Deputy Director of the Nationwide Gallery of Artwork and artist Julie Mehretu, whose self-titled mid-career exhibition was on view on the Whitney this summer time. This addition makes Mehretu the third artist to hitch the board of trustees within the Whitney’s historical past. The opposite two artists who make up this quick listing are Fred Wilson and Chuck Shut. Mehretu has additionally been concerned in digital programming on the Whitney.
“The spectacular contributions these seven people have already made to the cultural neighborhood and to the Museum are testomony to their dedication to this establishment and its values,” Whitney Board of Trustees President Fern Tessler stated in an announcement. “The Whitney thrives due to relationships amongst its artists, audiences, workers, and Board, and I’m grateful for the invaluable insights Julie and Fred deliver to the Board and their deep dedication to our mission and values.”
The final couple of years have been turbulent for the Whitney, which has contended with backlash to its 2019 Biennial, furor directed in the direction of former board member Warren B. Kanders and coronavirus layoffs. Moreover, the museum was criticized for buying work at low costs from See In Black, an artist collective elevating funds for anti-racist initiatives. Some artists whose work was bought by the museum for a deliberate exhibition entitled “Collective Actions: Artist Interventions in a Time of Change” expressed disappointment that they hadn’t granted consent for his or her work to be exhibited or compensated for his or her contributions.
With the addition of Mehretu to the board, the Whitney is giving an already-influential artist a robust seat on the desk. “The Whitney’s founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, believed that artists have been important to defining, difficult, and increasing tradition and that the Museum needs to be a website the place artists and audiences engaged overtly with untested concepts,” Adam D. Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney, stated in an announcement. “At present, greater than ninety years later, this historical past informs who we’re and the way we serve our public, and our trustees, together with our workers, assist to make sure that we redouble our dedication to American artwork and artists.”