From Western cultural imperialism to New York art-world imperialism

Some arty group in Brooklyn (yes, Brooklyn) has decided our recent MFA kimono contretemps is worthy of a panel discussion:

In light of the recent Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's "Kimono Wednesdays" controversy, we'd like to explore the issues of minority representation in mainstream US museums and who gets to decide how cultural artifacts are represented and presented to the public. This discussion touches on issues of postcolonial politics and US identity in the 21st century.

Bostonians and New Englanders in general got wind of this and now they're wondering how you can discuss something that happened here without any local representation:

[F]or all of the critique of imperialism coming out of NY art circles, it's frustrating to no end that there's often no acknowledgement how THIS world itself wields power often without an awareness of how it asserts this dominance over other regions that it (subconsciously) deems lesser culturally.

An organizer replies he tried a couple of Bostonians but they couldn't make it, but he's going to try again.

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I'm available!

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Happy to offer the "white Bostonian" perspective in exchange for 1 night's hotel lodging (3 stars or above) and tickets to "Hamilton".

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Closer to home

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Emerson's Public Dialogue series will feature two different "Interrogating Whiteness" programs, one in November (featuring Walter Moseley) and one in February. Both free, but it looks like advanced reservations are required.

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Picasso at the Museum of the American Indian?

Chicano murals on the walls of the Worcester Art Museum? African Tribal Art at the Dennis Historical Society?

Why Not? Post Colonial Identity in 21st Century America is a two way street. I'd suggest MOBA and the Whitney do an exchange of works. Screw it, right. Everyone gets a trophy and all art is the same, right? Why have a cultural hierarchy when everyone is special and your tagging of an BTD traffic control box is just as good as Gauguin, right?

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Wait...

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Aren't they "culturally appropriating" Boston's overly political correct climate by even having this discussion?!?! How insensitive/misogynistic/racist/oppressive/transphobic/triggering/microaggressive can they be?!?

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