Someone spray painted the entrance to a modern art museum
An entrance to the Museum of Modern Art in New York was spray painted yesterday August 30 by an anonymous protester or group. A video shared on Instagram by the @savannah_luvvu account showed the aftermath of the action, claiming it took place “during the day” at around 6 p.m.
The guerrilla action targeted the entry of MoMA personnel on West 53rd Street. The video shows the museum’s glass facade and revolving doors splashed with white and green paint.
“Security watched as the museum was spray painted and failed to stop it,” the Instagram post read caption. âThe ‘MOMA’ is a multi-million dollar company. Instead of strengthening their security and adding additional measures, they are funding Israel which [sic] systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
MoMA has yet to respond to Hyperallergic’s request for comment.
“It’s a very dangerous environment for people after this video,” added the anonymous Instagram user. âI won’t go there anymore. ”
Strike MoMA, a campaign organized by a coalition of militant groups called the International Imagination of Anti-National Anti-Imperialist Feelings (IIAAF), shared the video on its social media platforms, but said it was a “autonomous action”.
Throughout 10 weeks of protests outside MoMA from early April to mid-June, Strike MoMA highlighted the âinterconnected strugglesâ of communities across Palestine, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Colombia. According to activists, these international communities share a common thread: They are all operated by companies owned by billionaires on the MoMA board of directors. The group accused top MoMA trustees like Larry Fink, Steven Tananbaum, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Paula Crown and others of profiting from war, mass incarceration and environmental degradation. During a rally, NYPD agents arrested and assaulted a protester who was waving a Palestinian flag. At the height of the series of protests, four activists were permanently banned from the museum after a confrontation with MoMA security personnel. In addition, more than 250 public artists and intellectuals signed an open letter denouncing MoMA’s alleged links to violence against Palestinians, and artist Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill withdrew from museum activities in solidarity with protesters. . Strike MoMA shares are expected to resume in September.
In a comment to Hyperallergic today, the Strike MoMA task force wrote: âThe interdependent leadership of the MoMA board is responsible for violence and extractivism across the world, from Palestine to the Republic. Dominican. If museums continue to try to do business as usual, people will autonomously and creatively choose to continue, diversify and intensify action and organization.
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