Curator Anne Pasternak calls for women and all people to be treated with “respect and dignity”

Anne Pasternak . Source: artfcity

Anne Pasternak, the director of the Brooklyn Museum, has joined the #MeToo movement in the light of sexual misconduct accusations against the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh made by one of his victims – Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California.

Pasternak wrote on Instagram: “I have been sexually assaulted numerous times from my teenage years to adulthood. Watching this week’s travesty against decency has been painful [referring to Kavanaugh’s recent confirmation proceedings in the US Senate].”

Pasternak told the Art Newspaper that “it is time culture leaders in the US take a stand” and that she “speaks to the need for change”.

Pasternak added: “Once again, it [the Kavanaugh controversy] has made clear why only 30% of rape victims come forward to report their assaults. It is time for new narratives that treat women—and all people—with respect and dignity.” She thanked Dr Ford for “her courage” and added the hashtag #metoo to her post.

Other representatives of museums, including senior curator at New York’s Whitney Museum Donna De Salvo and senior curator of International Art (Performance) at Tate Catherine Wood, expressed their support for Pasternak.

Pasternak will speak at Frieze Masters talk Gods and Monsters on 5 October.

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