A documentary at the 79th Whitney Biennial may detail horrors funded by the Whitney’s own chairperson Warren Kanders, but don’t applaud the museum for the self-criticism.
One protestor promised, “If you take peace from the people, we take peace from you.”
The research group looks into the potential use of Sierra Bullets-manufactured bullets in Gaza, which prompted a response from the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.
The protesters occupied the C subway line from East New York to Chelsea, and were confronted with large police forces at the final stop. One protester was arrested.
The weapons manufacturer isn’t the only board member with ties to war profiteering and the Trump administration at a progressive institution like the Whitney Museum.
The students drew parallels and connections between the museum’s board of trustee’s vice chair and other board members at their universities
Over 100 artists, including participants of the upcoming biennial, have added their signatures to an open letter released earlier this month calling for the removal of the weapons manufacturer as a vice chair.
“The Whitney is being funded by war waged on our homeland,” one protester said.
Protesters were challenged by disgruntled museumgoers, youth organizers performed a Dabka, and activists gave impassioned speeches about Whitney vice chair Warren Kanders’s association with Palestine through weapons companies.
Two Sudanese students, along with an activist greatly involved in curtailing the gentrification of Brooklyn, offered impassioned teach-ins on their causes at the potluck.
One activist called the protest an opportunity for museumgoers to consider “the role that our cultural institutions play in our everyday decisions and choices, and the effect that that has.”
Images emerging from a rally at the Gaza-Israeli border today suggest that the Israeli military fired sponge round projectiles produced by the Safariland Group, a company owned by the Whitney Museum’s Vice Chairman.