Curating in Conversation

Panel Discussion, moderated by Janine Okmin

Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts.Ever changing, the CJM is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship.

Today, Janine Okmin, Associate Educator at the CJM, has organized a panel discussion on the topic of how identity-driven museums use contemporary art to change the conversation.

What role do identity-based arts organizations play in convening conversations about race, culture, gender, and religion? Four education representatives from local identity-driven institutions will discuss the messy work of using contemporary art as a springboard for dialogue about these challenging and timely issues. Panelists will share case studies as well as strategies for arts institutions of any type to implement programming that directly addresses identity.


Lovisa Brown, independent museum educator and former director of education at MOAD

Caren Gutierrez, Manager of School and Teacher Programs, the Asian Art Museum

Rudy Lemcke, Communications Director, Queer Cultural Center

Moderated by Janine Okmin, Associate Director of Education, The Contemporary Jewish Museum