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28 March 2019

Panelists Antwaun Sargent, Lauren Haynes and Paul Anthony Smith with moderator Charlotte Burns. Photo by Teddy Wolff courtesy of The Armory Show

#55 Who Gets to Be American?

How Has the American Narrative Portrayed by Cultural Institutions Fallen Short?

BY Charlotte Burns
executive editor of In Other Words

Our world and the ways in which we perceive and understand it are both shaped and reflected by art. This is especially true when it comes to nations and the stories they tell of themselves. Focusing on American identity, this podcast was recorded during a live panel discussion between Lauren Haynes (curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas), Paul Anthony Smith (artist), Antwaun Sargent (critic) and host Charlotte Burns at The Armory Show in New York earlier this month.

From the question of whether there are “American” artists today to what it means to consider oneself American; from representation within museums to how morality is dealt with in US culture, our guests ask how institutions, and the art world at large, are working to foster a more expansive narrative.

Tune in today to hear more.


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