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It can be heartening to see a long list of people signing a letter against President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) that would keep out non-citizen nations from seven Muslim-majority nations (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), even if many of these same people sat out the #J20 Art Strike for who knows what reasons.
As a non-citizen Syrian (who thankfully has a Canadian passport so I will no longer be unilaterally denied entry after the revisions to the EO), it’s something of a relief to see people coming out against this action, but I’m concerned the art community is acting too slowly.
What does this list tell us? Not much, but my hope is that all these signatories continue to stay engaged and responsive to the actions of a President who continues to enforce a nativist and white nationalist agenda. The ruling on the EO should happen this week.
As we reported last week, a number of cultural institutions and organizations have already come out against the ban.
The letter’s signatories include many prominent art world figures, including Barbara Kruger, Hal Foster, Massimiliano Gioni, Mariam Ghani, Philip Tinari, Louise Lawler, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Roselee Goldberg, Eungie Joo, and others.
The letter in full reads:
We the undersigned individuals of the international contemporary art
field call for the immediate and total overturning of the Executive
Order signed by the 45th President of the United States on January 27,
2017, banning entry to any non-US citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya,
Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen; this encompasses the 90-day
suspension of entry by people of those countries (which includes dual
nationals), the 120-day suspension of entry by refugees, and the
indefinite suspension of entry for Syrian refugees.
In addition to the humanitarian crisis exacerbated by these
discriminatory measures, our fellow colleagues are being profiled
based on race and/or religion. Should our colleagues have to leave the
United States for any reason, they must not fear being denied return;
nor should they have to cancel exhibitions or research because they
cannot enter this country. Our field is dependent upon international
collaboration and cross-cultural exchange, and these cross-border and
cross-cultural collaborations benefit the general public; the ban thus
affects all of us.
The entirety of the Executive Order is unjust and must be overturned.
Everyone is welcome to sign the letter here.
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.
Starting Monday, readers can borrow one of 50 rare and out-of-print titles, mailed to them completely free of charge, from Saint Heron Library.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
This is Yuskavage’s great gift, turning upside down our settled ways of thinking and seeing and, with ease, transforming the vulgar and ridiculous into the sublime.
51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
While hardly about the pandemic, or any of the other crises so afflicting us, all are invoked in this exhibition, which is also often tender and profoundly soulful.
These glowing, dynamic artworks reproduce something of Bosch’s chaotic energy, but on an immersive, multi-sensory scale.
This week, addressing a transphobic comedy special on Netflix, the story behind KKK hoods, cultural identity fraud, an anti-Semitic take on modern art, and more.