CANCELED: Surveying the Museum: Tom Lloyd, Black Study, and the Art Workers’ Coalition
Krista Thompson, Northwestern University
April 23, 2020 · 4:30 pm—6:00 pm · 106 McCormick
Department of Art and Archaeology
In January 1969, the electronic light sculptor Tom Lloyd became a founding member of the Art Workers’ Coalition, a group of artists and critics who pressured New York museums to be more inclusive in the range of artists they exhibited, collected, and consulted, and in the publics they attracted. This talk examines Lloyd’s contributions to the group, especially his efforts to start a study center devoted to Black and Puerto Rican art and his Community Artists Cultural Survey. The presentation explores more broadly how archives structure art history and histories of the disregarded and how black study offers opportunities to reenvision art and cultural institutions.