College Museum Responds to Trump’s Immigration Ban by Removing ArtworksBy Audri Taylors
The museum at Wellesley College expresses their protest against President Trump's controversial executive order on immigration ban by making a loud visual statement - removing all of its artwork that are created by immigrants.
The project is called Art-Less and the Davis Museum aims to highlight the contributions of immigrants by shrouding their art works on view from the permanent collection by immigrants to the United States, and is affecting about 20 percent of its collection galleries, The Hill reported. This will begin Thursday and will be lasting until Tuesday.
Lisa Fischman, the director of the museum said that as soon as the executive order was signed, they began to think about what they could do and that was when Claire Whitner, the senior curator of collections came up with the idea to take the objects from view, according to The Art Newspaper.
Fischman said that it would be extremely moving and undeniable to honor the gifts through absence by having them removed through the President's Day holiday. She said that it is a sort of a way to pay symbolic witness to the things that the country would lose without the immigrants and the things that we have gained because of them.
She also added that they want to get a message across to the president and that is to let him know that immigration is not a simple concern, and that immigrants had a significant contribution to the country and whatever they have decided to do is a symbolic demonstration of that contribution, and they do not want to lose it. She wants us to acknowledge the fact that the US will not be what we are as a nation without the help of the immigrants.