Protesters rallied today in support of Jing Fong, the neighborhood’s last unionized restaurant and a popular meeting ground for arts events.
The letter, penned by Chinatown Art Brigade, condemns the “actions of MOCA leadership to sell out to mass incarceration in exchange for financial gain.”
One protestor promised, “If you take peace from the people, we take peace from you.”
Anti-gentrification activists are calling on the museum to create a “Decolonization Commission” after a controversial curatorial hire.
Activists from as far away as Los Angeles and Vancouver came to Manhattan’s Chinatown to address the role of art galleries in gentrification.
The artist released a statement after Sunday’s protests, and the protesters have responded.
Dozens of people interrupted James Cohan Gallery’s Sunday hours to demand that the gallery and artist take down what the protesters see as “racist aggression towards the community of Chinatown.”
Fast’s seemingly derelict interpretation of Chinatown businesses has drawn ire from local groups.
Dozens of protesters are demanding MoMA remove the CEO of BlackRock from their board because of his ties to the Trump administration.
Chinatown has long been a home to radical organizers and artists, collectives, and movements that have taken on questions of art production and displacement.
Artists and activists involved in the Decolonize This Place residency at Artists Space reflect on its successes and how they can be models for future actions.
During the panel discussion “Chinatown Is Not For Sale,” members of the Chinatown Art Brigade presented an eight-point pledge of resistance for artists and gallery owners.