MoMA Responds To Travel Ban By Putting Muslim-Nation Art On Its WallsThis is exactly how major art museums can protest President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.
03 February 2017
In times of injustice, the Museum of Modern Art ― one of the most influential art institutions in the United States ― is not remaining neutral.
According to The New York Times, MoMA is responding to President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations — Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria — and indefinitely blocking entry for Syrian refugees. And it’s doing so by hanging work by artists from the majority-Muslim nations affected by the ban on its walls.
The seven works now on view at the New York museum include pieces by painter Ibrahim el-Salahi (Sudan), sculptor Parviz Tanavoli (Iran), painter Tala Madani (Iran), architect Zaha Hadid (Iraq), painter Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iran), photographer Shirana Shahbazi (Iran), and painter Marcos Grigorian (Russia, of Persian descent).
The artworks were installed in MoMA’s fifth floor galleries on Thursday night, replacing seven artworks by Western artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Placards next to each work read:This work is by an artist from a nation whose citizens are being denied entry into the United States, according to a presidential executive order issued on Jan. 27, 2017. This is one of several such artworks from the Museum’s collection installed throughout the fifth-floor galleries to affirm the ideals of welcome and freedom as vital to this Museum as they are to the United States.Photo:
Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iranian, born 1937), Mon père et moi (My Father and I),” 1962, felt-tip pen and colored ink on paper on board, 89 x 58 5/8” (225.9 x 148.7 cm) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/moma-protests-trump-with-muslim-nation-art_us_5894a85ae4b0c1284f2588e5?