Chicago's Art Institute fires all docents

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Chicago's Art Institute fires all docents

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Roderick Grant
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The museum will regret their action eventually. If there had been a concerted effort to prevent persons neither elderly, non-White, well-connected nor wealthy from joining the docent pool, they would have justification for this action. But entities like this need all the free help they can get. Now the museum must rebuild am institution that has been around for 60 years, and they will find out how difficult that will be to accomplish.

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my god, what a huge blunder. Why would you purge people from an institution which depends on those very same people (and their friends and relatives) for support? They mention they have been planning this for 12 years, a period which would have given them ample time to become more diverse through attrition. A simple and deliberate process of docent replacement as individuals retired or moved on. I hope they have a huge endowment, as donations will certainly drop off this year.

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I do not plan to renew my membership.
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Re: Chicago's Art Institute fires all docents

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I hope they purge all that white European art too. Or at least label every painting with a contextual label that notes how racist the artists were not including people of color as subjects.

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They could give pride of place to Francisco Goya's "The Third of May, 1808," showing the massacre of citizens of Madrid who were opposed to Napoleon's occupation, a memorial to resistance fighters throughout the world. But, alas, that's in the Prado.

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