Thursday, October 13 | 6 – 7:30 PM
Free event. Registration required.
Temple Contemporary presents “Mounting Frustration”: A lecture by Susan E. Cahan.
Susan E. Cahan is an art historian, educator, and curator specializing in contemporary art and the history of museums. In “Mounting Frustration,” Susan E. Cahan investigates the strategies African American artists and museum professionals employed as they wrangled over access to and the direction of New York City’s elite museums. Drawing on numerous interviews with artists and analyses of internal museum documents, Cahan gives a detailed and at times surprising picture of the institutional and social forces that both drove and inhibited racial justice in New York’s museums.
Susan Cahan will speak about her recently published book, Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power and the research leading to her most recent publication. Cahan’s book focusses on exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Met’s Harlem on My Mind, Contemporary Black Artists in America at the Whitney, as well as numerous MoMA exhibitions such as Romare Bearden’s The Prevalence of Ritual, and The Sculpture of Richard Hunt.”