The Museum Baby Grows Up: Being a Curator of Color in a Monochromatic Art Museum World

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Comment by J White Burton on January 9, 2011 at 4:18pm
Thank you for sharing this enlightening article. How proud we are for your growth in the "Monochromatic" world. I think I speak for many when I say we look forward to change and we want to be a participant in the change and not a bystander. Please share with us what we can do to elevate the minds of curators in relation to our work. We are a part of American history and our stories, our art need to be included.
Continued success on your journey.
J White Burton
Comment by LaShawnda Crowe Storm on November 9, 2010 at 1:07pm
Hi Tuliza:

I loved both articles. I am working in the Indianapolis, IN area on an exhibition of artists of African descent. We want the exhibition to be regional in scope. Can you point me to great up and coming artists in the Dayton area. Besides sending out a basic call we would like to directly connect with people.

Thanks in your advance.

Comment by MARK ALAN HERRING on October 7, 2010 at 3:00pm
Loved your article, check Art & Ethnics, Background for Teaching Youth in a Pluralistic Society.

Herbert Gentry (was at Robert Blackburns also Faith) , Hughie Lee-Smith (interviewed 1970), Alison Saar (daughter of Betty), John Biggers (cousin)... Dr. Grigsby knew many others as I ask for reference, some he only knew of... Although known to more as an art educator his art work should be a part of all “first rate collections... purchasing something from Grigsby would distinguish your collection from the multitude”- Cue. Although Eugene has outlived so many BAIA refernced from members I am blessed to gain artist knowledge from one of the first doctorates of Fine Arts (see: at -92 he needs to be referenced more and we need him in more museums & collection
Comment by Robin Joyce Miller on September 3, 2010 at 8:36pm
Excellent article and so close to my heart. I am a NYC art teacher and Blueprint for the Arts Facilitator. I have trained art teachers at the MET and MOMA. I continue to be deeply disappointed in the extremely low percentage of African American families in the museums. I work in a Bronx school the is a microcosm of the world. It is important that I represent excellence as an African American teacher. I have given numerous family art workshops that encourage parents to take their children to the museums. Last year, I wrote a guide for parents entitled, "Enjoying Art is a Family Affair". I hope to publish a new version that is not so specific to my school. I would like to give family art workshops at PTA meetings in schools that have black and hispanic families. I believe that museums are often intimidating for people who have little background in art. I see my role as an ambassador to the art museums. I want to assist families in creating libraries in their homes that are rich with art information. Hands on activities that promote family involvement and fun is a first step to getting them to approach art museums. I've seen it done. I have started in my community with the NCNW Saturday Tutorial Program. During the students snacktime for a half hour, I present books and videos on famous artists. The students eat up the information. But I will really be happy when I start the reach the parents. They are the key.
Comment by Nathaniel on August 14, 2010 at 4:14pm
Wow! Nice article. Thanks for sharing. I agree, with everyone here. Thanks again.
Comment by Michael D. Brinson on August 14, 2010 at 12:56am
Hello again Dr. Fleming,

I enjoyed reading about your life as a “Museum Baby.” Your mission to improve African American representation at the museum level is a noble one. I wish you much success. Unfortunately, it seems like museums are always crying broke. Many of them claim that most of their artworks or funds for artworks were donated to them. This sounds incredulous given the sheer volume of artworks that some museums own. But then again, you do hear of people donating art collections, leaving endowments and real estate to museums. Closer examination of the museum support structure reveals layers of internal and external support groups serving as revenue streams. Some museums receive public funding. I don’t know exactly how it all works, but I don’t think African Americans are heavily involved with the large revenue streams supporting museums. In the past, museums were probably as disinterested in African Americans as African Americans were in them. With society’s current trend toward diversity, many museums have changed their viewpoints. African Americans also want meaningful representation in museums. Unfortunately, I don’t think this will not occur until African American start contributing significant funds. What is your opinion? Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Christopher E. Harrison on August 12, 2010 at 11:58pm
Powerful article, Dr. Fleming. Continue to represent!
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Comment by Emmett Ardie Williams on August 11, 2010 at 6:40am
Tuliza, welcome to the site! i have only been on it a week or so and have found a few friends, good luck!

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