Considering Whiteness As Ideology and Not Biology

MLK statue

Ten years ago, “Whiteness, A Wayward Construction” opened to the public at Laguna Art Museum on March 23, 2003. Whiteness was approached as being less about the color of skin and more about an ideology of power. In this light, I thought it worth revisiting the exhibition during the week of the Martin Luther King Holiday.

The exhibition also comes to mind with respect to living in Riverside. Riverside’s University of California campus is one of the most diverse in the U.C. system and in the nation. The city’s and region’s demographic population is 51% or more Hispanic. Lastly, UCR’s ARTSblock, where I am artistic director of the Culver Center of the Arts and Director of the Sweeney Art Gallery, sits alongside a pedestrian mall in downtown Riverside, off campus. A memorial statue of MLK sits on the same block.


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