Furbirdsqueerly thanks Benjamin Sutton and Hyperallergic for this article and all of the articles on the #J20 Art Strike.
Occupy Museums banner for #J20 event at the Whitney Museum (courtesy Occupy Museums) Via Hyperallergic
Occupy Museums Challenges Us to Face Fascism with the #J20 Art Strike
“On the eve of the #J20 Art Strike and a solidarity event it’s organizing at the Whitney Museum, the collective has released a statement outlining art’s role in the fight against fascism in the US and around the world.”
This excellent article contains a powerful statement from Occupy Museums about today and the #J20 Art Strike and is found on Hyperallergic. A statement such as the above in the photo we have long been waiting for from the art world. We must add that we believe resistance against fascism by whatever means necessary. We fully support Occupy Museums, the artists involved, and the work they are doing.
Their statement opens this way;
“January 20th is not a day for business as usual. It is a day of reckoning: a day when we must step back stand together and acknowledge how far we have fallen from the values that we supposedly uphold as individuals, communities, and institutions. At the same time, however, we must recognize that this occasion is exactly business as usual in the United States of America. It would be naive to suggest that the advent of Fascism is representative of one man or one woman or one administration. This moment has finally landed following decades of Reaganomics. It landed after centuries of living in a house with a flawed foundation built on slavery, stolen labor, and bloodshed; maintained through the normalization of systemic injustice. It has landed as the full legitimization of cultural homogenization, techno-militarism and life inside the atomized logic of corporatism. It has landed after the sequestering of money and political agency into fewer and fewer hands. We have become a country of red and blue: a separatist mentality that replays “the people” as demographics, driving wedges between “races,” classes, regions, genders, education levels, and worldviews.”
and the following: “Facing this reality, we bear much responsibility and seize this moment of national coming-into-consciousness as an opportunity. Occupy Museums calls on our communities — in this case artists, cultural practitioners, and institutions — to directly name and confront this truth: we are living in a Fascist State. Fascist propaganda exacerbates the racism and misogyny embedded in our culture for cynical political ends; it is the enemy of art.”
We call on all museums and cultural institutions to stand in solidarity with the artists, art critics, art workers, and public who will not stand by in silence as power is handed over to Fascists.
“Racism and xenophobia are real and alive today. Misogyny and homophobia are real and alive today. White nationalism is growing in political, economic, and symbolic power. We value cultural institutions who are able to name the severity of this political zeitgeist and join the fight for dismantling white supremacy. We declare that one cannot be neutral on a Fascist train. We commit to joining in efforts to organize an anti-Fascist resistance. “
To read the whole article written by Benjamin Sutton with the statement by Occupy Museums go to: HERE.
Speak Out on Inauguration Day, organized by Occupy Museums, takes place at the Whitney Museum (99 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District, Manhattan) on January 20 from 11am to 2pm. Admission to the event is free, and entrance to the Whitney will be on a pay-as-you-wish basis all day in observance of the inauguration.
Many thanks to Hyperallergic for publishing this article and all of the articles on the #J20 Art Strike. For those of us who are outside of NYC your articles can be one of the few connections we have to what is happening in the art world.