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Aruna D’Souza on "What We Want from Museums These Days"

Aruna D’Souza's book 'Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts' with a black background 
2019 Otis College of Art and Design Critic-In-Residence Lecture

The Fine Arts program will host a public lecture by this year’s Critic-in-Residence, Aruna D’Souza on Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30pm Otis College of Art and Design. Aruna D’Souza is the author of Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts. Ms. D’Souza’s lecture, “You’ll Never Know When We Shall Return: What We Want from Museums These Days”, will discuss how our expectations of what museums do have changed and how the current state of museum protests can tell us a lot about what we want them to be.  

Event Details

Aruna D’Souza "You'll Never Know When We Shall Return: What We Want from Museums These Days"
2019 Fine Arts Critic-In-Residence Lecture
Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30pm
Otis College of Art and Design 
Free and Open to the Public

Aruna D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminism and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. Her most recent book, Whitewalling was named one of the best art books of 2018 by the New York Times. Her work appears regularly in, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board. She has been published in The Wall Street Journal,, Art News, Art In America, and Bookforum among others. She is the former associate director of the research and academic program at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and holds a Ph.D. in Art History from NYU. 

For the past fifteen years, the Fine Arts' Critic-in-Residence fellowship has invited outstanding critics to give a public lecture and contribute to the cultural life of the campus community. Previous speakers have included Andrea Zittel, Graham Harman, Roberta Smith, Christopher Knight, Hans Ulrich Obrist, among others.

Image: Aruna D’Souza's book Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts on a black background via