The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
Carlos Tortolero, founding father and director of the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (now the National Museum of Mexican Art), writes that mainstream museums are elitist and discriminatory institutions that either claim they have already diversified, or that they need more funding to do so. Both claims, Tortolero writes, are nonsense. He argues that museums—most of which claim diversity as an important goal—need to allocate operating funds for this purpose, so that they need to showcase all cultures in an equitable way. Tortolero explains how his institution has succeeded in making itself accessible to a diverse audience, much to the shock of the museum community. Furthermore, he contends that racism is one of the prime reasons for unfairness in the museum field, and demands that museums stop being inaccessible to large portions of society and, instead, become positive and proactive leaders of society.
Carlos Tortolero, the director and founding father of the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (now the National Museum of Mexican Art) in Chicago, published this essay in 2000 in the London-based Museums Journal. His discussion about the failure of mainstream museums to diversify audiences and the need for community-based museums that affect real social change brings to the fore how issues raised during the 1980s have continued to be relevant. (The National Museum of Mexican Art was founded in 1987.) The article speaks to the editorial framework “Globalization and its Latin American (Dis)/Contents” because it considers the success of the National Museum of Mexican Art in employing Mexican-Americans and in attracting a wide, diverse audience to its exhibitions.