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Natural Sciences Seminar: Diversity of Artists in Major U.S. Museums. A Data Science Study
Monday, September 9, 2019,4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Bernhard Klingenberg, professor of statistics at New College, will talk about a large-scale study of artist diversity in museums. By scraping the public online catalogs of 18 major U.S. museums, deploying a sample of 10,000 artist records to crowdsourcing, and analyzing 45,000 responses, we infer artist genders, ethnicities, geographic origins, and birth decades.
The results for the first time provide information on gender and ethnic diversity of collections, and overall we find that 85% of artists are white and 87% are men. The analysis also identifies museums that are outliers, having significantly higher or lower representation of certain demographic groups than the rest of the pool. Finally, it found that the relationship between a museum’s collection mission (mostly measured by artist’s birth decade and country of origin) and artist diversity is weak, suggesting that a museum wishing to increase diversity might do so without changing its emphases on specific time periods and regions.