An open letter and living archive made in collective (re:)action from Black women, femmes, and gender non-conforming artists harmed by the 2022 Wisconsin Triennial Exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
8/24/22: Read the Museum’s First Statement.
9/15/22: Read the Museum’s Second Statement.
9/20/22: Watch the Black Women Artists Speak Panel.
10/24/23: Read the press statement announcing MMoCA’s director’s resignation.
of Artists from the 2022 Wisconsin Triennial Call For:
Both public and private, from leadership individually (i.e. Christina Brungardt, the Museum, and the Board)
Thorough review of artists’ contracts and museum policies, and acknowledgement of Museum’s breach of contract and policy
Acknowledgment of poorly supported exhibition, related programming, and recognition that the museum was ill-equipped to host this exhibition
Share a plan of action, naming steps to ensure that the public and artists are safe within this institution
Inclusivity efforts for future generations, particularly for Black women, femmes, and gender non-conforming artists, within their programming
Commit to publish and share a publicly available DEI/IDEA audit of the museum
Recognition of emotional and professional damages, with priority given to Lilada Gee
Of Christina Brungardt, and all others in leadership directly responsible for decisions on communications
Immediate written promise of no retaliation (employment, financial, legal, etc.) against Fatima Laster, Annik Dupaty, or Charlotte Cummins, or any artists involved in this exhibition
A commitment from the museum to work with artists interested in drafting any next steps as paid consultants
Open-to-the-public conversation with artists regarding their work and experiences