Artists included in the Gulf Wars exhibition say they were disregarded and demeaned after speaking up against MoMA Chairman Leon Black, owner of a security firm linked to untold carnage in Iraq.
While Theater of Operations remains an important exhibition, its inclusion of certain works prompts questions: Who is this exhibition for, and what is it trying to say?
Martha Rosler, Michael Rakowitz, and Laura Poitras are among the artists who call on the museum to separate itself from trustees with ties to private prison companies.
The artist posted a statement next to the paused video, demanding two of the museum’s trustees divest from private prison companies and defense contractors.
The video artist withdrew from Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011 days ahead of its public opening.