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In a notice issued on February 24 on the Federal Business Opportunities site, the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection announced it will open an electronic call on March 6 “for the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico.” Applicants will have just a few days before the deadline of March 10 to send in their proposals, with awards “contemplated for mid-April.”
Dezeen points out that the call for Trump’s campaign-promised border wall coincided with the president’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in which he crowed that the wall was “way, way, way ahead of schedule.” Never mind that Mexico has no plans to pay for it, and any such construction across miles of the border would likely amount to a heavy hit for US taxpayers.
Why only give aspiring wall builders five days to fine-tune and file their proposals? While the project’s civil rights implications and ecological impact alone would be astounding, there remain numerous logistical and ethical issues to address, such as the potential division of the Tohono O’odham Nation’s ancestral land, which straddles the likely route of the proposed wall. Furthermore, the Migration Policy Institute notes that the “funneling of migrants to alternative routes points to one statistic that correlates closely with the construction of more walls: an increase in the number of deaths.” Walls, in other words, will not stop illegal immigration, they will just cause people to find more dangerous paths.
Art by Athena LaTocha, Wendy Red Star, Marianne Nicolson, Anita Fields, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith & Neal Ambrose-Smith, and more is on view through January 2022.
Unless you were already familiar with Bey’s documentary work, the horror he refers to might not be recognizable to you.
The intention behind the seemingly bizarre combination was, according to Attie, “to give visual form to the shared American and Brazilian reality of nationalistic divisions that defines our political present.”
Nowhere in the museums’ advertising blitzkrieg for the performance were we told to bring our wildfire-season masks as well as our covid masks, and covid masks don’t prevent smoke inhalation.
View work by over 40 experimental artists and collectives from throughout the Americas who contributed to New York’s art scene during the 1960s and ’70s.
Several members of the 2021 cohort identify as artists and storytellers, utilizing the power that art and narrative have on changing ideas of power.
Made possible by a donation from Amazon stakeholder MacKenzie Scott, the award is the single largest in the Bedstuy-based organization’s history.
A donation of two hundred works includes Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, and Donald Baechler.