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On Tuesday evening, at the end of an action staged by Occupy Museums at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to protest the unveiling of the David H. Koch Plaza, three members of the Illuminator were arrested. Earlier in the evening, police had moved protestors to a cordoned area on the opposite side of the street from the museum; a substantial police presence remained throughout the evening, but no other arrests took place. The evening’s protest had sought to ritually rename the plaza in symbolic opposition to The Met’s involvement with Koch, a donor to conservative causes who gave the full $65 million for the plaza’s redesign and renovation.
The Illuminator uses projection, as their mission reads, “To smash the myths of the information industry and shine a light on the urgent issues of our time.” Kyle Depew, one of the men arrested, explained his position on the Koch donation: “I just think that The Met is accepting a gross combination of big money and low culture.” Grayson Earle, arrested alongside Depew, expressed a similar perspective: “As an artist, I’m interested in making it clear that The Met is getting involved with these people that propagate backwards, hundred-year-old culture. I feel it’s a huge step back.”
Earlier in the night of Tuesday’s action, The Illuminator successfully projected the following text onto the museum’s facade:
*Brought to you by the Tea Party
The group then projected a second statement:
The Met is a museum, not an oil lobby
At the time of the second projection, around 9:30pm, an undercover police car allegedly pulled up alongside the group. By 10pm, the three men were handcuffed and taken into custody, according to accounts given by the men to Hyperallergic. All three were reportedly charged with “illegal advertising,” and the police confiscated the projector as evidence. “[I]n the middle of all these climate protests, we’re down one piece of machinery that we were going to use for this whole month,” Earle said. The court date is set for November 5.
Depew explained the light-projection style of The Illuminator, both in this case and in other actions: “I think it’s a really interesting, eye-catching spectacle. Spectacle can be an important change-maker. It’s an artful intervention. We’ve projected onto the Guggenheim and MoMA previously. It’s a way to shape public space.”
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