Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Thus sayeth Maxwell Anderson in a scathing takedown of the recently resigned IMA president, Charles Venable, on Artnet.com.
Anderson is hopeful of a reset: "by resuming a sane business model, the museum can return to its historic purpose and its obligations to the field at large."
Maxwell L. Anderson is president of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and was the Melvin & Bren Simon Director & CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art from 2006 to 2011.
Read the whole item here.
Posted by Indianapolis Observer at 6:42 PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Or, what did Charles Venable think he could get away with this time? Wasn't it bad enough that he priced the IMA out of reach for most people by switching from free admission to $18? Or that he walled off the grounds to all but paying customers? That he rebranded the historic art-focused institution as the content-free "Newfields"? Or that he discontinued the IMA's popular societies for horticulture, Asian art, etc.? That former associate curator Kelli Morgan, a Black woman who was hired to diversity the museum’s galleries, resigned last summer citing a toxic and discriminatory work environment?
He has to go and say outloud that the museum's core membership is white, and it requires a new person in management who will work to uphold that "traditional" ideal.
The fallout from that horrendously tone-deaf job description continues locally, nationally, and internationally. Newfields employees are on record opposing him. Community leaders have signed a petition against him. The New York Times has written about the fiasco, as has The Guardian.
Even Brian Payne, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, president of the Indianapolis Foundation, and visionary who created the Cultural Trail, has penned a letter opposing the initiative.
(The CICF, in contrast with the IMA, has as its mission "to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity."
Local business leaders must be in panic mode.
UPDATE Not one director or trustee of the IMA had the courage to sign this letter, issued in response today, 17 February 2021. The only good news? Venable is gone.
Posted by Indianapolis Observer at 11:44 PM
Saturday, January 2, 2021
There's no need to curry favor with the soon-to-be-irrelevant president, and Braun will just look like a fool...a seditious fool who hasn't read the U.S. Constitution.
As CNN put it, "the objection from President Donald Trump's Republican allies has virtually zero chance of changing the election outcome, only to delay for a few hours the inevitable affirmation of Biden's victory as the Electoral College winner and the next president."
Posted by Indianapolis Observer at 10:55 PM
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
"The vice president can either facilitate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, or he can resist it. Which he chooses will either help or hinder the Republican Party’s recovery from the electoral denialism that afflicts three-fourths of its voters," writes Edward B. Foley on December 22, 2020.
"Although the vice president may want to use his role then [January 6] to further prove his persistent loyalty to Trump, doing so would exacerbate the horrific damage that Trump has done to the Republican Party and the entire country by his assault on the truth of his defeat."
Posted by Indianapolis Observer at 12:00 AM
Friday, September 25, 2020
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Monday, June 22, 2020
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