White-NatchezMississippiThe Studio Museum in Harlem announced plans last week for a $122 million expansion of its 125th Street home, to supposedly better meet their needs and deliver on their mission of: ‘fostering and displaying works by artists of African descent’ (NYT 7/6/15). The City of New York is contributing $35.2 million to the project.

An American art museum, receiving taxpayer funding, that discriminates against artists based on race is anathema and should be halted immediately. Such a project is divisive, rather than edifying, for individuals and society — plus it deprives the community of important (society changing) ‘African-American art’ made by white folks, like Margaret Bourke-White.

Photograph: Margaret Bourke-White, You Have Seen Their Faces, 1937