“Is empathy enough?”
We often hear talk of empathy as a solution to political fragmentation—especially in the art world. Artists, curators, museum educators, and others speak lately of art’s special role in helping to develop the kind of understanding that’s necessary to cross divides of class, race, affiliation, and so on. But what if empathy isn’t enough? What if—even worse—it’s counterproductive? Aruna D’Souza’s Spring 2019 Voices Lecture looks at the example of the 2017 Whitney Biennial protests and their aftermath, we can catch a glimpse of both the value and the limits of fellow feeling when it comes to working towards social justice.
Aruna D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. Her most recent book Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts (Badlands Unlimited) was named one of the best art books of 2018 by the New York Times.
Gallery 400 is located on the first level of the Art & Exhibition Hall building with a push-button accessible door and can be accessed by a set of stairs with a railing or an elevator (Level 1R). We will post updates about the status of the elevator on the Gallery 400 Facebook page and the Facebook Event page.