Art isn’t always accessible. And it is always a reflection of our society, where we are, where we were, where we aspire to be. So it is not surprising that our views of race have, ahem, colored our artistic past.
Check out this TED talk by Titus Kaphur, an artist who is trying to make that process explict, looking at the layers of history in art that have been included and omitted.
Also, if you have time also check out his conversation with Krista Tippett and Annette Gordon-Reed on On Being. Also brilliant and thought-provoking.
Art–like any structure of power–wasn’t always made to be accessible to us, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make it work for us.