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I realize this may be shocking to some of you, but the brain trust at the very woke Baltimore Museum of Art, in the nation’s cleanest, most law-abiding and best-managed city, has become even more woke, (or woker, workier, wokey). BMA Director Christopher Bedford (who could be suffering from guilt for his apparent gender and skin color) and those who report to this privileged white male, including BMA Chief Curator Asma Naeem (who clearly deserves the BMA’s directorship much more) have decided not to purchase any artwork in 2020 if it was created by a…wait for it…a man!

One must assume that this means a cis-gendered man who knows that he was born a man with the generally accepted anatomical features associated with being a male of the human species and prefers to be recognized and behave as a male and not necessarily males who prefer to identify or behave as females (or their flouncy, flamboyant conception of females) or perhaps even other species (I’m obviously very concerned about the under-representation of our Otherkin community).

Per Director Bedford:

“This is how you raise awareness and shift the identity of an institution. You don’t just purchase one painting by a female artist of color and hang it on the wall next to a painting by Mark Rothko. To rectify centuries of imbalance, you have to do something radical.”

Totally radical, man…of white privilege. Totally. No mention of Otherkins, though. Pity.

And Ms. Naeem added (emphasis mine):

“The challenges are systemic and widespread, because many of the works in local donors, local patrons’ collections are traditionally made by male artists. There are these various subtle but consistent, pervasive markers of what is considered creative achievement, and we are trying to reset all of those markers.”

What those “subtle but consistent, pervasive markers of what is considered creative achievement” are exactly Ms. Naeem does not explain. But it would be just like a white Scottish-Irish-German-American man of it must-be-said, questionable privilege, to insist that a woman of color clarify what the heck she is talking about. Shame on me.

It should be clear, from Ms. Naeem and Director Bedford (her boss man) then that local donors and local patrons are responsible in maintaining the oppressive patriarchy by controlling what people see and thus warping the minds of successive generations of oppressed women especially to venerate primarily the artistic works of white men. It is, well, simply outrageous that museums and art galleries like the BMA have been bullied for decades to conform to these male-dominated attitudes. Obviously, white men, and no doubt very powerful, wealthy and arrogant white men, whether museum curators, collectors, donors, patrons (not matrons, of course), robber barons, philanthropists, and other vile and disgusting males, have, over the centuries, oppressed women, particularly women of color (one would assume skin colors like yellow ochre, raw umber, burnt sienna, and various pigments of black) throughout the fine arts, in an effort to keep their artistic visions from being seen and their voices from being heard. Oh, the injustice! I’m verklempt.

Hopefully, these paintings in the BMA of privileged white men will be taken down immediately and permanently stored in a dark corner of the museum’s basement to avoid poisoning the minds of visitors. Why in the world, they were allowed to be shown in the first place boggles the mind.

From NPR:

A 2019 study of 18 major U.S. art museums found that 87% of artists in their collections are men, and 85% of the artists are white. Another study earlier this year found that up to 10% of art galleries don’t have a single woman among the artists they represent.

A long-standing gender imbalance needs to be corrected and corrected it shall be as NPR continues to “report”:

The BMA isn’t alone in working to correct this longstanding gender imbalance. The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington has 5,500 objects in its collections and presents 10 exhibits featuring female artists each year.

BMA chief curator Asma Naeem told The Washington Post that the 2020 program is an effort at “re-correcting the canon.”

Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, Victor Hugo, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and hundreds of other white males have been successfully purged from several humanities courses on college campuses in the United States and Canada in an effort to re-correct the longstanding gender-imbalanced canon of literature, it was only a matter of time that the art world man-up woman-up and follow suit.

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There are 28 comments.

  1. Kephalithos Member

    Brian Watt: From NPR:

    A 2019 study of 18 major U.S. art museums found that 87% of artists in their collections are men, and 85% of the artists are white. Another study earlier this year found that up to 10% of art galleries don’t have a single woman among the artists they represent.

    Given that most art museums cover thousands of years of human history, and given that men dominated the art scene for most of that history, these statistics are . . . about as surprising as the fact that academics were involved.

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    • November 30, 2019, at 6:11 PM PST
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  2. Arahant Member

    Brian Watt:

    Ooh, look! Brownlow North and the Prince Regent (later George IV). Can’t quite suss out the one on the right, though.

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    • November 30, 2019, at 7:17 PM PST
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  3. Arahant Member

    The portrait painter for Bishop North there was named Tilly. That’s a girly sort of name, isn’t it?

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    • November 30, 2019, at 7:19 PM PST
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  4. Unsk Member

    Ya know Brian, that Ms Naeem and Director Bedford sure need some thorough housecleaning to bring that there museum up to truly woke standards. They have been disgustingly and immorally remiss.

    They can start with that building – of Palladian Villa design – a design used repeatedly by architects to build such institutions as museums, Capital buildings and the like around the late 18th to early 20th centuries emulating the values of our founder fathers who as you know were all white and male. To properly remove that stench they need to order the bulldozer for Monday morning 7am sharp to wipe clean any vestige of that horrible White Male Patriarchy from the Museum. Of course there would be no more museum, but sometimes you have to kill an institution to save it. 

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    • December 1, 2019, at 8:53 AM PST
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  5. Autistic License Member

    Redress the imbalance! Take those whiteguy paintings out of there and give them to me. They’re worthless, or outright harmful. I’ll dispose of them. 

    Oh,, and that offer of $100 for beachfront property still stands. It’ll be under water any day now, what’re you waiting for?

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    • December 1, 2019, at 12:25 PM PST
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  6. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    Unsk (View Comment):

    Ya know Brian, that Ms Naeem and Director Bedford sure need some thorough housecleaning to bring that there museum up to truly woke standards. They have been disgustingly and immorally remiss.

    They can start with that building – of Palladian Villa design – a design used repeatedly by architects to build such institutions as museums, Capital buildings and the like around the late 18th to early 20th centuries emulating the values of our founder fathers who as you know were all white and male. To properly remove that stench they need to order the bulldozer for Monday morning 7am sharp to wipe clean any vestige of that horrible White Male Patriarchy from the Museum. Of course there would be no more museum, but sometimes you have to kill an institution to save it.

    Shouldn’t they find a female bulldozer driver first? I mean, let’s do this right. I don’t want anyone re-correcting anyone’s re-correction. Men. Sheesh. 

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    • December 1, 2019, at 12:59 PM PST
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  7. GrannyDude Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    The portrait painter for Bishop North there was named Tilly. That’s a girly sort of name, isn’t it?

    Someone needs to tell those people that they have no business presuming that the supposedly male painters were/are actually male. If the trans movement has taught us anything, it is that you can’t know what gender a person is unless you ask in a nice way, during a period in history (ours) in which that is not considered a stupid question. 

    There has (duhh!)  already been a female president, a female pope, female Catholic priests and, for all we know, Christopher Bedford himself will be Christina before 2020 is out.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 2:10 PM PST
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  8. The Reticulator Member

     What percent of the contributions to their endowment funds came from males. There may be another imbalance that needs too be redressed. 

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    • December 1, 2019, at 4:14 PM PST
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  9. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    The portrait painter for Bishop North there was named Tilly. That’s a girly sort of name, isn’t it?


    Come over here and say that.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 4:54 PM PST
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  10. Arahant Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    The portrait painter for Bishop North there was named Tilly. That’s a girly sort of name, isn’t it?


    Come over here and say that.

    Of course, you would be the one to bring that Tilly up. 😜 And, yes, I knew it when I said it.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 4:56 PM PST
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  11. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    The portrait painter for Bishop North there was named Tilly. That’s a girly sort of name, isn’t it?


    Come over here and say that.

    Of course, you would be the one to bring that Tilly up. 😜 And, yes, I knew it when I said it.

     

    ‘Tis a Tilly argument.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 5:03 PM PST
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  12. Arahant Member

    Brian Watt (View Comment):
    ‘Tis a Tilly argument.

    Who are you calling Tilly, tweetheart?

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    • December 1, 2019, at 5:05 PM PST
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  13. Unsk Member

    JimGoneWild,

    Duly noted, I will try to be more woke next time. Please accept my error for I meant no harm to our better enlightened and woke friends. I must do better. Will 20 lashes do to correct my error?

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    • December 1, 2019, at 9:13 PM PST
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  14. Arahant Member

    Unsk (View Comment):
    Will 20 lashes do to correct my error?

    Depends on how much you enjoy it.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 9:33 PM PST
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  15. Dr. Bastiat Member

    Great post. I really enjoyed that.

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    What percent of the contributions to their endowment funds came from males. There may be another imbalance that needs too be redressed.

    Brilliant point, Reticulator.

    I would carry that one small step further, that if the building that houses their museum was built mostly by * gasp * men, then they clearly have little choice but to tear it down and build a new building using all women labor (unionized, of course).

    What about the electricity that lights their building? How many women work at that power plant? Not in the office – in the mechanical jobs?

    What about the museum’s physical jobs – janitors, electricians, plumbers, etc. How many of them are women?

    I suspect the male rot runs deep at that museum…

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    • December 3, 2019, at 9:25 AM PST
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  16. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Brian,

    I think Ms. Naeem may be a closeted otherkin.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • December 3, 2019, at 12:05 PM PST
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  17. Old Bathos Member

    I think the museum should be housed in a building made exclusively by women. All that marble and metal just shrieks of testosterone and sweat as does that patriarchal Greco-Roman architecture.

    And we need to get rid of the “art”. What matters is not the object or the artists’ intent but how each observer feels about the experience of it. Being made to “feel” or “react” to “art” is just the emotive version of being compelled to have cognitive experiences as a result of being subjected to mansplaining. 

    So we should just have places where gyno-Americans can gather to have and express feelings without being prompted or dictated to by “art.” Like pretty much the whole planet is already is except for a few sports venues and barbershops.

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    • December 3, 2019, at 12:32 PM PST
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  18. Old Bathos Member

    And then there is the whole idea of Art, the notion that some stuff is Good and Important but other stuff is not. In a loving equal environment, such as the front of a grandmother’s refrigerator with magnets securing artworks by grandkids who may have no discernible “talent” and may even seem to lack fine motor skills and general awareness of human anatomy, there is no ranking or hierarchy. Why should there be a museum for allegedly Great Art as selected by mansplainers instead of big walls ready to accept whatever we need to share? For that matter, why big walls? Why can’t why just gather and imaging the “art” that would make us happy? Everybody ready for some Camomile and vegan tapas? …

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    • December 3, 2019, at 12:43 PM PST
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  19. Arahant Member

    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    And then there is the whole idea of Art, the notion that some stuff is Good and Important but other stuff is not. In a loving equal environment, such as the front of a grandmother’s refrigerator with magnets securing artworks by grandkids who may have no discernible “talent” and may even seem to lack fine motor skills and general awareness of human anatomy, there is no ranking or hierarchy. Why should there be a museum for allegedly Great Art as selected by mansplainers instead of big walls ready to accept whatever we need to share? For that matter, why big walls? Why can’t why just gather and imaging the “art” that would make us happy? Everybody ready for some Camomile and vegan tapas? …

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    • December 3, 2019, at 12:49 PM PST
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  20. Susan Quinn Contributor

    I know the art I like and which art I don’t. I don’t give rat’s arss who made it. So take that!

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    • December 3, 2019, at 5:28 PM PST
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  21. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member


    I prefer the classics.

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    • December 3, 2019, at 5:34 PM PST
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  22. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    What percent of the contributions to their endowment funds came from males. There may be another imbalance that needs too be redressed.

    Guess I need to stop supporting the local museums. This wokeness has a silver lining. I am saving money on gifts and purchases. But it is what the Left wants.

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    • December 3, 2019, at 8:27 PM PST
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  23. The Reticulator Member

    Percival (View Comment):


    I prefer the classics.

    Is that a Winslow Homer painting on the wall? And have those dogs been neutered?

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    • December 3, 2019, at 9:23 PM PST
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  24. James Lileks Contributor
    • Women were oppressed and had no opportunity to pursue careers in art.
    • Women had the opportunity to create a thousand cubic yards of great art. But it was suppressed.

    Choose one.

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    • December 3, 2019, at 11:27 PM PST
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  25. James Lileks Contributor

    To be clear, I think the opportunities afforded to women were few, which makes the surviving contributions all the more interesting. But it’s the quality of the work that matters.

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    • December 3, 2019, at 11:31 PM PST
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  26. Arahant Member

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    To be clear, I think the opportunities afforded to women were few, which makes the surviving contributions all the more interesting. But it’s the quality of the work that matters.

    I suspect it was not as restrictive as we have been told. Many women made it as painters, scholars, writers, mathematicians, lawyers, professors, and even astronomers or healers. Maybe they were all extraordinary women, but the numbers prove the restrictions tended to be more restrictions of vision than set rules and laws.

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    • December 3, 2019, at 11:43 PM PST
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  27. Old Bathos Member

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    To be clear, I think the opportunities afforded to women were few, which makes the surviving contributions all the more interesting. But it’s the quality of the work that matters.

    Every great male painter had a wife who kept telling him to put down the brush and get a real job and that that dab of ultramarine he just used cost enough to feed a kid for a week. She most likely hated art and did not yearn to create it.

    Female artists back in the day were likely to be rich, idle and bored–not a formula suitable for competing with the products of the restless passions of a Michelangelo or Raphael. And nice girls did not paint nude Greek deities or even nude cherubs–only patriarchally approved fruit bowls and pastoral scenes.

    The great thing about pointless modern art is that you can’t tell anything about the artist’s race, sex, etc or even if there was an artist and not just a paint spill from a shelf collapse at a Sherwin-Williams store. Dehumanized, meaningless art is the ultimate stage of sexual equality.

     

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    • December 4, 2019, at 7:03 AM PST
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  28. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    The great thing about pointless modern art is that you can’t tell anything about the artist’s race, sex, etc or even if there was an artist and not just a paint spill from a shelf collapse at a Sherwin-Williams store.

    👍

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    • December 4, 2019, at 9:11 AM PST
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