Women and LGBTQ artists left in shock by the election of Donald Trump have banded together for a special edition of comics anthology “Smoke Signal” titled Resist!. New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly agreed to help with the issue, along with her daughter Nadja Spiegelman, who launched a website calling for submissions and quickly received more than 1,000 pieces from artists across the country. “There was a need to be making something rather than sitting around feeling helpless,” Spiegelman says. “And this felt like a way of giving voice to something that needed to exist.” Thanks to some $4,000 in donations, they will be able to print and hand out more than 30,000 copies of Resist! on inauguration weekend. Spiegelman says she received mostly submissions by women and a few by men.
“When you go through the submissions by women, you see women,” she says, “you see women talking about how they felt that day, you see women drawing themselves, drawing crowds of women, drawing their uteruses and their ovaries and their bodies. And when you go through the submissions by men, you see Trump.” She believes that the more introspective creative responses of the female artists point the way to a solution for opposing Trump. “I think women’s voices will be his downfall,” she says. “It’s much easier to unite people against something. It’s the cheapest and most effective trick in the book, and it’s the one Trump uses. It’s much harder, but ultimately the only solution, to define what we stand for. So it was gratifying to see the voices that came back to us were not so much a denunciation of Trump as an affirmation of the alternative.”
Meanwhile, a different group of artists started by curator Alison Gingeras, dealer Bill Powers, Jonathan Horowitz and other art scene insiders, dubbed the “Halt Action Group” has launched a “Dear Ivanka” campaign, demanding the president-elect’s daughter take their works of art off her walls. Ivanka is an avid art collector, who often shows of the artwork in her apartment on her instagram feed — to the strong discomfort of several of the artists. ‘Dear Ivanka, we need to talk about your dad,’ the group’s website reads. ‘Racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia are not acceptable anywhere—least of all in the White House.” The group organized a demonstration outside the Puck building in Manhattan, where Ivanka lives with her family, attended by some 500 people carrying signs, chanting and collecting cards from people saying why they were worried about a Trump presidency. ‘I am a Muslim-American immigrant and I don’t feel safe,’ one read, while another person wrote, ‘You’re scaring the hell out of women.”’