Date of Award
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)
An art museum’s purpose is to collect, preserve, research, and display art. This is also true for works that may be potentially controversial. The introduction of this thesis presents the style and background of artist Kara Walker whose art has, in the past, been considered controversial. To create exhibits, a museum must consider administrative elements such as mission statement, staff, funding, research, design, marketing, and educational programming. These elements are outlined in the Roles in Arts Administration section. Questions were posed to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and The Walker Art Center regarding their administrative processes for creating exhibits of Kara Walker’s art. Observations of these case studies were then useful in determining practices that other museums can employ in exhibiting Walker’s work or similar potentially controversial art.
Lookshire, Carmen, "The Art of Controversy: The Role of Museums Exhibiting Works By Kara Walker" (2016). MALS Final Projects, 1995-2019. 116.