Gary Garrels worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) as the senior curator of painting and sculpture until last week. He had to resign his position for his “White supremacist” thinking.
Gary’s removal from SFMOMA is non-negotiable. Considering his lengthy tenure at this institution, we ask just how long have his toxic white supremacist beliefs regarding race and equity directed his position curating the content of the museum?”
How could a White supremacists have had this position for so long without being discovered? Well, Garrels was not anything even close to a White supremacist.
This accusation—that Garrels’ choices as an art curator are guided by white supremacist beliefs—is a very serious one. Unsurprisingly, it does not stand up to even minimal scrutiny.
The petitioners cite few examples of anything even approaching bad behavior from Garrels. Their sole complaint is that he allegedly concluded a presentation on how to diversify the museum’s holdings by saying, “don’t worry, we will definitely still continue to collect white artists.”
Garrels has apparently articulated this sentiment on more than one occasion. According to artnet.com, he said that it would be impossible to completely shun white artists, because this would constitute “reverse discrimination.” That’s the sum total of his alleged crimes. He made a perfectly benign, wholly inoffensive, obviously true statement that at least some of the museum’s featured artists would continue to be white. The petition lists no other specific grievances.
So the only acceptable position for a museum curator like Garrel to take is to completely shun all White artists? Can these “anti-racist” campaigners really not see that they are actually as “racist” as they come? They are not really anti-racists, they are just anti-Whites.
Garrels resigned from the position he had for 20 years due to the pressure, leaving with a very timid defense of himself.
I do not believe I have ever said that it is important to collect the art of white men. I have said that it is important that we do not exclude consideration of the art of white men.”
Why would it not be acceptable to find importance in collecting the work of White people? White culture has produced the greatest flowering of the arts the world has ever seen. Maybe that’s why the anti-Whites want to see us removed from the art world.