Neal Sher accuses the Whitney’s leadership of being complicit in “unlawful conduct, harassment, threats and intimidation” against Kanders. He was disbarred by the District of Columbia in 2003 but practices in New York after a period of disciplinary suspension.
During political protests across San Juan, Puerto Rico, police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets manufactured by weapons companies owned by Warren Kanders.
Warren Kanders’s wife, Allison, simultaneously resigned from the museum’s painting and sculpture committee. The news comes after months of protests and an emerging boycott, with eight artists withdrawing from the 2019 Whitney Biennial.
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 students drew parallels and connections between the museum’s board of trustee’s vice chair and other board members at their universities
The Whitney has not had the moral courage to reject support from a benefactor who generated his wealth in socially irresponsible ways.
Following Sunday’s large protest by Decolonize This Place, artists quietly installed an unauthorized exhibition calling on the museum to drop weapons manufacturer Warren Kanders from its board of trustees.
Members and supporters of activist group Decolonize This Place emphasized that Warren Kanders is only a symptom of a larger problem.
After Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg published a letter to the public asserting the museum, “cannot right all the ills of an unjust world,” Decolonize This Place organized a December 9 protest in solidarity with Whitney staffers.
Three days after Hyperallergic published an article detailing the Whitney Museum’s connection to the ongoing migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border, more than 100 staffers at the Manhattan-based museum have signed a letter demanding that their employers respond to the article’s allegations.
Warren B. Kanders, a vice chairman at the Whitney Museum of American Art, purchased defense manufacturer “Safariland” in 2012 for $124 million.
We all know it costs a lot of money to sit on the board of a major art museum, so naturally the question becomes: where does that money come from?