Laura Ortman, Thirza Cuthand, Brendan Fernandes, Marcus Fischer, Nibia Pastrana Santiago, and Maia Ruth Lee have publicly announced their intention to stay in the biennial despite calls for a boycott.
Korakrit Arunanondchai, Meriem Bennani, Nicole Eisenman, and Nicholas Galanin say that the museum has failed to adequately respond to the Warren Kanders controversy. Following the announcement, Eddie Arroyo, Christine Sun Kim, Agustina Woodgate, and Forensic Architecture announced their withdrawal.
What not to miss at this year’s edition of America’s most important survey of contemporary art.
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 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.
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.
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.
In a public letter released today, a group of theorists, critics, and scholars joins activists and members of the Whitney staff in the demand to remove Warren B. Kanders from his position as vice-chairman of the museum’s board of trustees.
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The group’s recent letter calls for continued action, adding “Inaction with respect to the art-washing industrial complex of contemporary art makes our field complicit with death, disaster, and destruction.”
The Whitney has not had the moral courage to reject support from a benefactor who generated his wealth in socially irresponsible ways.