FUSION NY’s Armory Week Includes Talks on Diversity and Basquiat

Outlaw Clothesline by Yasmin Hernandez, 2014

Outlaw Clothesline by Yasmin Hernandez, 2014

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.

How February was born by Iliana Emilia Garcia, 2002

How February was born by Iliana Emilia Garcia, 2002

“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.

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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.

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