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Here’s The New York Times’s Response to the Ken Johnson Petition

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The writers of an open letter to The New York Times regarding two recent pieces by Ken Johnson have received a response from the paper’s culture editor, Jonathan Landman. The group that drafted the letter–Colleen Asper, Anoka Faruqee, Steve Locke, Dushko Petrovich and William Villalongo, who had posted it on the web site ipetition.com–sent it to The Times on Dec. 3, along with the signatures of 1,318 people (theĀ  names of the people who signed anonymously were redacted). The letter asked that The Times respond publicly to Mr. Johnson’s review of “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980″ at MoMA PS1 and his preview of “The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World” at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, which the letter claimed “replay[ed] stereotypes of inscrutable blackness and inadequate femininity in the guise of serious inquiry, but that inquiry never happens.” Here is Mr. Landman’s response in full: Read More