Bisa Butler is an African American fiber artist from New Jersey. Photography © Bolu Gbadebo

1.In your opinion what is the role of a museum?

I look at museums as the conservators of culture. The are the bastions of culture that will amplify, protect and preserve artifacts of culture for the people of today and for the future.

2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?

My favorite museums are the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; they are all in close proximity. I grew up in northern New Jersey and all of these institutions are about 30-40 minutes from my house, so they are only a train ride away.

The Brooklyn Museum always has an exciting contemporary artist and very often this is an artist of color, or a woman. I saw Kehinde Wileys’ work there back in 2006, Swoon had a huge installation in their atrium, El Anatsui had a huge exhibit there, and they had an amazing Jean Michel Basquiat exhibit.