Art & Design

The Art World is Going on Strike to Protest Trump

Art & Design

The Art World is Going on Strike to Protest Trump

Barbara Kruger, 2016
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As Inauguration Day gets closer and closer, Americans are trying to figure out ways to survive a Trump presidency. The art world has been a vocal opponent of the President-Elect, staging protests and putting together shows to use as art as a form of cultural dissent. Now, 80 artists including outspoken feminists, Barbara Kruger, Marilyn Minter and Cindy Sherman, are calling for an “art strike” as an “act of non-compliance” on January 20.

The J20 Art Strike encourages museums, galleries, studios, art schools, non-profits and artists to refuse service and remain closed on Inauguration Day.

“Hit the streets, bring your friends, fight back towards an anti-fascist cultural front,” reads the invitation.



In addition to boycotting Trump, women are being encouraged to abstain from labor over Inauguration weekend, to solidify the power in disruption. But the strike is not an excuse to sit at home, and it’s definitely not a solution. Artists want the right to know that this is only the beginning.

“We consider Art Strike to be one tactic among others to combat the normalization of Trumpism—a toxic mix of white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, militarism, and oligarchic rule,” said the strike organizers. “Like any tactic, it is not an end in itself, but rather an intervention that will ramify into the future. It is not a strike against art, theater, or any other cultural form. It is an invitation to motivate these activities anew—to re-imagine these spaces as places where resistant forms of thinking, seeing, feeling, and acting can be produced.”