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A group of alumni, faculty, and students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Fine Arts and Art History will gather outside the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday afternoon to support black female artists.

The artists at the 2022 Triennale have called for the resignation of the museum’s director, Christina Brungart. I’m looking for

“We want institutional change,” said Lydia Roussos, one of Thursday’s event organizers. “We support the demands of artists. We support them.” I am here to do it.”

An open letter reading is scheduled outside the museum at 4pm. East Side arts nonprofit Communication Madison (@CommunicationMadison) will be livestreaming the readings on Instagram.

Many of the artists participating in the 2022 Triennale “Ain’t IA Woman?” have been selected. Currently on display are works drawn from prestigious exhibitions curated by her owner, Fatima Laster, the Milwaukee gallery.

The museum reiterated its support for Brungart, calling the racist allegations “inappropriate and unfounded.”

“Instead of apologizing, you made defensive arguments in favor of a white director,” the letter read.

The letter from the UW affiliated group now has 45 co-signatories. These include artists who have written their own letters of protest (Anders Zanichkowksy, 2019 MFA alumnus), MMoCA Senior Curator Emeritus Rick Axsom, and artists who have presented work at previous Triennales (Jill Casid, Associate Faculty at UW). will be

Roussos, a freelance gallerist and curator in Madison, was a student at UW from 2010-2012. According to them, the purpose of the gathering is to express public support for the artists and the clear path they have laid out for the museum.

“MMoCA may want to get rid of[the situation]without any meaningful changes or endorsement of these artist requests,” said Roussos. I want to be here, still remembered, and achieve something.”

“I was never really welcomed.”

The artists at the 2022 Triennale have been clear and vocal about their demands and continue to run their Instagram accounts (@fwdtruth) to repeat them. In August, they issued an open letter, seeking financial restitution, a promise not to retaliate against staff, and accountability from the museum.

They expressed their disappointment at how their work was treated and released to the public. Subsequently, it also mentions that the response from the museum failed.

In March, Gee and another MMoCA staff member were barred from entering the building after being yelled at by an Overture employee.

Gee decided to leave the mural unfinished and rework it as an installation. But it wasn’t well protected or marked: when a woman and two children vandalized the work in June, the artist said the museum exacerbated the damage in its response. rice field.

In an open letter, artist Kielston Gaznavi called the overture center and museum’s reluctant response disrespectful and “incompetent and disgusting”. Others have described the Triennale event as disappointing and exhausting.

“This experience brought me a lot of stress and anxiety, and all the joy it had… was replaced by a nagging feeling that I was never really welcomed.” writes another artist, Nakeisha Roberts Washington.

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Next Tuesday, a panel called “Black Women Artists Speak,” hosted by the Madison Arts Commission, will feature artists from a wide range of disciplines discussing how local institutions can better support them. It will be set at 6 p.m. at Madison College’s South Campus, with up to 200 people expected to be streamed as well as in person.

Next month, MMoCA’s Director of Events and Volunteers, Annik Dupati, will lead a panel as part of the Wisconsin Leadership Summit. Disruption: Beyond Initiative Towards Intentional Inclusion in Art joins Fab Carter, Maria Amalia Wood, Alex Miranda, and Gavin Lawrence.

The organizers of Thursday’s event would like to clarify that they also support Faisal Abdu’Allah, whose exhibition “DARK MATTER” will be held on Friday at MMoCA. The show was sponsored by major national funders, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

“We fully support Faisal,” Roussos said. “This is about supporting artists and calling out to MMoCA leadership.

“People who want to participate should contact MMoCA,” they added. Please. Speak up in support of artists’ demands is a great way to show up for the institutional change we want and for these artists who have been neglected.”