The New York Times, By Jacob Bernstein
Instead, they sat among more than 40 of their colleagues with ties to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Wildlife Conservation Society, among other organizations, listening as Tom Finkelpearl, the cultural affairs commissioner of New York City, talked about the sector’s lack of diversity.
The numbers tell a stark story. The American Museum of Natural History has never had an African-American president or board chairman. Neither has MoMA, the Whitney or the Met. In a city where more than two-thirds of residents identify as nonwhite, according to the 2010 census, 78 percent of the board members serving its cultural institutions are white. On the board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the chairman, nine vice chairs and the treasurer are all white.
According to Mr. Finkelpearl, he didn’t want to steamroll anyone when he visited Carnegie Hall to discuss the issue.