Inclusion in the Arts and Media

Diversity on Display: Who’s on the Wall in the National Gallery of Art (2020)

Diversity of Artists in Major U.S Museums (2019)

Women represent only 9.8% of the works of art in the National Gallery’s permanent collection, while people of color represent an even more abysmal 1.8%. The National Gallery’s curatorial practice actually exacerbates this underrepresentation. Read more here.

Why is the work of white, male artists disproportionately displayed at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art? This question led us to conduct the first 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 comprising over 9,000 unique artists to crowdsourcing, and analyzing 45,000 responses, we infer artist genders, ethnicities, nationalities, and birth years. Read more here.

Life Unseen (2020)

In collaboration with LIFEWTR by Pepsi and Revolt, QSIDE is launching a new study to shine light on the underrepresentation of minoritized groups in the arts including music, film, fashion, and contemporary art. In every artistic discipline we examined, women artists were represented at lower levels than that of their representation in the overall US population according to Census data. Black male artists were underrepresented in every area except for popular music, according to Census data. In all cases where we were able to infer that people publicly identified as individuals of minoritized populations in terms of gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status, all groups’ representation in the arts fell below that of their representation in Census data. Read more here

Work In Progress
  • Diversity in the professional solo classical music performance pipeline (ongoing)
  • Equity and bias in professional orchestras (ongoing)