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Dear Ivanka

On Instagram, and in person, artists are calling on Ivanka Trump to reign in her father

By WITW Staff on November 30, 2016

On Monday night, more than 150 artists, curators and gallery workers protested outside of the Puck building in downtown Manhattan — a building owned by Ivanka Trump’s husband in which the future first daughter keeps an apartment, and, rumor has it, some of her famous contemporary art collection.

“The culture changes, and fascism rears its ugly head every so often and that’s what’s happening now,” said Marilyn Minter, an artist whose work is currently the subject of a gallery at the Brooklyn Museum. “We wanted to do something to start to the ball rolling, to grow a protest, and we’re artists, so we know how to make posters.”

Minter, who brought with her a sign that alluded to Donald Trump’s famous comments regarding grabbing women by the genitalia, was joined by artists such as Ryan McNamara, Cecily Brown, Rob Pruitt, Jonah Freeman, and Dan Colen. Art dealer Bill Powers and artist Nate Lowman, whose work is known to be featured amongst Ivanka Trump’s collection, also joined the protest.

An art-world group that includes Powers and artist Jonathan Horowitz have teamed together to create an Instagram account called dear_ivanka that features letters written to Ivanka, who is seen in the art world as a progressive figure, asking her to use her role as an adviser on her father’s transition team to stop him from appointing people who endorse “racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia” to positions of power. Amongst appointees denounced by the site are Myron Ebell, Trump’s pick for head of the EPA, who is described as a “fanatical anti-science, anti-environmentalist climate change denier,” and Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general pick, who was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 after being accused of racism.

“I don’t think we have any real illusions that she’s going to become a champion for any of the things we care about, or try to stop the things we fear are going to happen,” explained Horowitz. “But it’s a way to start something, a first action of what we hope is going to become a much bigger movement.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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