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Is the Art World Ready for the Sanctuary Movement?

As New York cultural leaders listen to the concerns of immigrant communities, we talk about the challenges of immigrant advocacy in the art world, and then Zachary Small interviews Emma Sulkowicz about the #MeToo movement.

This symbol was recently created and is being promoted as a new symbol of the “Sanctuary” movement (images created by Hyperallergic)

This week’s conversations focus on the new push by immigrant advocates in the art world to educate New York city arts organizations about immigrant communities and the precarious situations many face. The conversation is part of a larger one going on in society, particularly after the emergence of the Trump administration’s escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric. It also raises questions about cultural institutions and their role in a growing sanctuary movement. I interview Abou Farman, artist and anthropologist at the New School, and Raquel de Anda, director of public engagement at No Longer Empty.

Then I invite Hyperallergic staff writer Zachary Small to tell us about the latest news in the #MeToo movement, particularly in light of the case of New York University professor Avital Ronell, who was found responsible for sexual harassment and was suspended for the 2018–19 academic year. Small interviews Emma Sulkowicz, who many people suggest helped kick off the movement with their widely publicized “Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)” (2014–2015) performance.

A special thanks to Newborn Huskies for the music to this week’s episode. You can listen to that and more at newbornhuskies.bandcamp.com and on other streaming services.

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