The former Vice Chairman of the Whitney Museum's Board of Trustees, whose wealth is garnered from the sale of arms and defense technology, recently stepped down in response to protests. The nonprofit sector, which includes academic institutions, museums, and non-commercial art institutions, depends primarily on philanthropy. Tracing the financial sources used to support these institutions reveals many such "contradictions within our culture"—a phrase used by the director of the Whitney to deflect criticism. We must ask whether, in a capitalist system, it is at all possible to conceive of funding models for art institutions and the academy that circumvent such contradictions. To launch Shifter 24: Learning and Unlearning, we will consider how we can unlearn philanthropy.
Presented by Shifter Magazine on September 22nd, 2019. Recording courtesy of Blank Forms.