September 28, 2023
The White House’s Art Collection Is Overwhelmingly, Well, White. Here’s How That Could Change
by John James Anderson | September 27, 2023 | DCIST
“The field of art history is one that has been very slow to diversify,” says Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, a professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania. She knows this firsthand: In 2000, she was the first African American to earn a PhD in Art History from Stanford University.
“I don’t think that the dearth of works by [women and people of color] is unusual in the White House,” says Shaw. “You see it across all collecting.”
It has only been in the last 30 years that the field of American Art History, established in the 1960s, has examined the contributions of underrepresented groups, she says.“Historically those populations were not present in the academy as individuals, and similarly that material was not being taught, written about, or collected by museums,” she added.
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