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New CODARTfeature: ‘Diversifying the Collection’ by Robert Schindler and Lloyd DeWitt

In recent years a number of American museums have shifted their collecting priorities to reflect the need to diversify their collections. Two CODART curators, Robert Schindler of the Birmingham Museum of Art, and Lloyd DeWitt of the Chrysler Museum of Art report on new acquisitions that reflect these new priorities.

“Diversifying the museum affects our institution on many levels, including acquisitions. The European collection is installed front and center when entering the museum. Histories of people of color, non-Western perspectives, and colonialism were until very recently virtually absent. This is due both to what the museum has historically chosen to acquire, as well as how we chose to present the collection.” Read on…


Published monthly, the features provide information on new curatorial developments, current projects, collections of Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide, as well as insight into the work of the museum curator.

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