Art Institutions Celebrate Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Groundbreaking Artist and Rutgers Professor

The performance and dis-assemblage artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz, a Distinguished Professor and the longest-serving Department of Art & Design faculty member at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, has defined himself for more than a half-century as an avant-garde breaker of artistic boundaries. This month, as he turns 87, he is having a moment with honors from the Whitney Museum of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and El Museo del Barrio.

Expert: Art museums ‘have work to do to represent complete human experience’

Historically, art museum galleries have lacked diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, abilities, and sexual orientation, and it’s important for museums to begin to address this representation issue in order to show the wide range of human experience, said Julie Rodrigues Widholm, director and chief curator of DePaul Art Museum located on the campus of DePaul University.