The Dialogue: MCA Chicago’s Annual Conversation on Museums, Diversity, and Inclusion

September 7, 2011

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Hennessy Youngman, Naomi Beckwith, and Michelle T. Boone. Photo by Braxton Black.

This year we focused on Millennials, the generation born between 1980 and the early 1990s. As this generation comes of age, values related to self-identity, including notions of race and culture, are shifting profoundly. Museums and cultural organizations must attempt to understand these profound changes and their implications to develop a new sense of where and how people produce and engage with art. This might mean that organizations, such as the MCA, should not only rethink who and what we present but also the very ideologies that underlie our collecting, presentation, and interpretive activities.

Grounded in new ethnographic research of Chicago Millennials, the preliminary findings of which will be shared by the Museums in the Park Marketing Committee, this dynamic evening features Hennessy Youngman, YouTube’s most followed art theorist, Chicago’s Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Michelle T. Boone, and our newest curator, Naomi Beckwith, formerly of The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Recorded Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at the MCA Theatre.