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.
Queer Identity in the MeToo Movement: A Conversation with Emma Sulkowicz
Emma Sulkowicz stood up against rape culture three years before the Harvey Weinstein story broke, but most articles about “Mattress Performance” erased the artist’s queer identity. Why?
Protest Art, and Institutional Support of It, Is More Vital Than Ever
In the Trump era, the courage of artists like my former student, Emma Sulkowicz, and the institutions showing them is absolutely crucial.
Student Accused of Rape by Mattress-Carrying Artist Sues Columbia University
A student has filed a lawsuit against Columbia University, its board of trustees, Columbia President Lee Bollinger, and art professor Jon Kessler, over Emma Sulkowicz’s senior thesis project.
Two Weeks Into Performance, Columbia Student Discusses the Weight of Her Mattress
Last Friday afternoon, nearly 100 students rallied at Columbia University to protest the school’s policy on sexual assault. They held signs, wore red tape over their mouths, and brought mattresses — almost a dozen, some of which had messages written on them in red tape.
Until Alleged Rapist Is Disciplined, Columbia Art Student Will Carry Mattress Around Campus
A Columbia University student who says she was raped in her dorm room on campus is launching a performance art piece to call attention to her experience as well as the larger epidemic of rape at US colleges.