Completed in 1959, the Guggenheim Museum in New York is young for a building with the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A monument of such importance generates many histories, from its commission to its evolving role in culture and society. Lest we think the museum's history is complete, its curatorial department issued a provocative public letter in June 2020 demanding that the Guggenheim address those of its practices that enable racism and other forms of discrimination, placing that call within a national movement for systemic change.1 In light of the museum's role as a cultural power broker, it is increasingly important that we understand the...

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