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Aruna D'Souza


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Aruna D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art, food and culture; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; how museums shape our views of each other and the world; and books. Her work appears regularly in 4Columns.org, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board, as well as in publications including The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, Garage, Bookforum, Momus and Art Practical. D'Souza is the editor of the forthcoming Making It Modern: A Linda Nochlin Reader.

Image: Dana Hoey

By Aruna D'Souza:


September 18th, 2019

Publish & Perish: 8 Years of Badlands Unlimited exhibition Sept 18 - Oct 20

Publish & Perish: 8 Years of Badlands UnlimitedSeptember 18 - October 2024 Rutgers streetNew York, NY 10002 Badlands Unlimited and Greene Naftali Gallery are pleased to announce the exhibition “Publish And Perish: Eight Years of Badlands Unlimited” at the Badlands exhibition space at 24 Rutger... more

December 13th, 2018

One of the Best

Aruna D'Souza's groundbreaking book Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts continues to receive accolades and awards. New York Times art critic Holland Cotter listed it as one of the best art books of 2018. Cotter writes, "This year we were increasingly being told, by some on both the polit... more

November 22nd, 2018

Holiday Sale: Buy Us Gift Others like Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Ida B. Wells Society & More

Since 2010, Badlands Unlimited has published over 50 titles and 40 artist works in print and digital forms. Treat yourself and others this holiday season with path-breaking publications and support groups such as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Black and Pink (a support and advocacy group for LGBTQ... more

November 13th, 2018

Aruna D'Souza gives the AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture Nov 26

AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture at The 8th Floor Art SpaceMon 26, Nov 2018 6.30PM-8.00PM 17 West 17th Street, 8th FloorNew York, NY 10011Aruna D'Souza delivers the twelfth annual AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture in partnership with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. When she retur... more

November 9th, 2018

LA Times features Aruna D'Souza and Whitewalling

Carolina A. Miranda pens a great feature entitled, "The best of times, the worst of times: art in the age of rising white supremacy" in the Los Angeles Times. In the piece, she writes, "As museums become platforms for discussions about race, incarceration, queer politics, economics and identity, t... more

October 17th, 2018

TLS reviews Whitewalling

Fran Bigman of The Times Literary Supplement reviews Whitewalling and writes that it "makes the convincing case that 'unless we can understand the censorial function of curating, all protest will be misrecognized as attempts to quash artistic freedom.'" Read the entire review as a jpeg in the image ... more

October 3rd, 2018

Brooklyn Rail reviews Whitewalling

Nico Wheadon at the Brooklyn Rail reviews Whitewalling. Wheadon writes, "Whitewalling is a strong call to action in which D’Souza summons her many identities—writer, art critic, feminist, educator, museum consultant, and protestor—to encourage those with a vested interest in sustainable culture t... more

June 20th, 2018

WHITEWALLING Reviewed in The New York Times

Whitewalling has been reviewed in The New York Times alongside Nell Painter's Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over as part of nonfiction book critic Jennifer Szalai's Books of the Times column. Szalai writes: "Her politics are unequivocally radical...At under 150 pages, “Whitewalling” is a l... more

June 18th, 2018


Online art publication Momus has reviewed Aruna D'Souza's Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts. Momus Senior Editor Casey Beal writes: "Whitewalling smartly navigates its terrain of artworld race and representation. Shifting between rigorous exposition of the factual histories, and incisi... more

June 4th, 2018

Aruna D'Souza + Paul Chan + James Hannaham at The Kitchen 6/13

Next Wednesday, June 13th, 7pm at The Kitchen, 4Columns is hosting a conversation with Whitewalling author Aruna D'Souza, Badlands publisher Paul Chan and fellow 4Columns contributor James Hannaham on the questions raised by the book. The event is free. Copies of Whitewalling will be available for s... more

May 22nd, 2018

WHITEWALLING Featured on Paris Review & Longreads

Today is the official release day for Aruna D'Souza's Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts. Longreads is featuring an excerpt of Act 1 of the book which discusses the protests over Dana Schutz's painting Open Casket. Additionally, The Paris Review has a new piece by D'Souza on the questio... more

May 15th, 2018

Aruna D’Souza & Laura Raicovich in Conversation for ARTnews

Aruna D'Souza and former Queens Museum director Laura Raicovich had a conversation for the Spring 2018 issue of ARTnews."Writing my book was about coming to terms with my own past ways of thinking, or not thinking—and atoning for my past blindness by now paying attention. That is something we all ha... more

May 2nd, 2018

Art in America Interview with Aruna D'Souza

Aruna D'Souza has been interviewed by writer Shiv Kotecha for Art in America about her new book, Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts. They discuss how the book came to be, what it means to be an ally, how social media has expanded protest, and what museums and art institutions should do ... more

April 17th, 2018

Who's Afraid of Art, Race & Institutions?

Badlands Unlimited is pleased to announce the book launch event for Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts by Aruna D'Souza Thursday May 3rd, 7PM at the Brooklyn Museum. Come celebrate the release of this landmark publication and join us to discuss how art institutions in New York and elsew... more