On the “A” w/Souleo
Identity politics within the art world was one of the central themes at this year’s FUSION NY during Armory Week. According to a report by the American Alliance of Museums, 80% of the museum workforce is white. For Savona Bailey-McClain, executive director and chief curator of the West Harlem Art Fund (WHAF), racial and gender inequities need to be addressed.
“FUSION NY discuss[ed] societal expectations and how we can expand those perimeters so we can become inclusive and diverse. For example, women in the arts have to choose between being a mother or curator sometimes. It’s not easy for a woman to travel a lot with children let alone move her family,” she wrote via email.
The series, which was co-presented by WHAF and Iconic Linx, kicked off with panelists such as dancer/choreographer, Bill T. Jones; editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, Hrag Vartanian; gallerist Leila Heller; and independent curator and visual artist, Janet Goldner. FUSION NY also featured a series with a focus on art and technology and Basquiat’s influence on popular culture.
The weekly column, On the “A” w/Souleo, covers the intersection of the arts, culture entertainment and philanthropy in Harlem and beyond and is written by Souleo, founder and president of event/media content production company, Souleo Enterprises, LLC.