Artists and Critics Call for Culture ‘Strike’ on Inauguration Day

From left, Cindy Sherman, Richard Serra and Joan Jonas are among those calling for closures to protest a “normalization of Trumpism.”CreditFrom left: Clement Pascal for The New York Times; Andreas Frossard/European Pressphoto Agency; Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe, via Getty Images

By ANDREW R. CHOW Via The New York Times:

More than 130 artists and critics have signed a petition calling for cultural institutions to close on Friday, Jan. 20, the day of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. Cindy Sherman, Richard Serra, Louise Lawler, Joan Jonas and Julie Mehretu were among the art stars signing the invitation for a “J20 Art Strike,” which urges museums, galleries, concert halls, art schools and nonprofit institutions to close to protest “the normalization of Trumpism,” according to a 
statement. “It is not a strike against art, theater or any other cultural form. It is an invitation to motivate these activities anew, to reimagine these spaces as places where resistant forms of thinking, seeing, feeling and acting can be produced.

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