Race, Activism and Photography: 2020 Social Justice Symposium: Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York: December 3–5, 2020.

“Nobody really knows what to do about racism, just like nobody really knows what to say to someone who won’t wear a mask.”

—Carrie Mae Weems, during the Q&A after her presentation of the inaugural Arnold Newman Lecture at the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s “Race, Activism and Photography: 2020 Social Justice Symposium”

After George Floyd suffocated at the hands of Minneapolis, Minnesota, police on Memorial Day in 2020, the tidal wave of global protests overran the streets, sluicing through the art world too. Early summer saw many galleries and museums in the United States scramble to post public statements against racist violence, often acknowledging they needed to do better themselves in serving and representing audiences and artists alike. Some, like the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York, where I live,...

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