Lawrence Rinder, formerly chief curator at the Whitney (where he curated the 2002 Biennale) and now Dean of Graduate Studies at the California College of the Arts, is an iconoclast. During his time as a curator at the Whitney he liked to mix things up, for example he exhibited Papua New Guinean Tapa Cloths alongside contemporary painting. During his lectures at local colleges he juxtaposed billboard ads with works by Cezanne and Picasso. Says Rinder: "The basic structure by which we define, teach, and even see art is fundamentally flawed. ... The way art is structured echoes vestiges of racism, sexism, and classism, for example by using categories such as "craft", "untrained art", and "outsider art"."
Rinder wrote a book about his experiences as a curator and art educator titled "Art Life", which gives voice to his criticism. Following is a link to a video of a book reading of "Art Life" by Rinder which is followed by a Question and Answer session. Thought provoking and inspirational, this video is worth watching, but make sure you have some spare time - it runs at 41 minutes 27 seconds.