In an act of curatorial subversion against the Trump regime, the Museum of Modern Art has replaced several works of art in its permanent collection galleries with works from artists who hail from nations affected by President Trump’s Muslim ban.
Jodi Hauptman, a senior curator at MoMA, told Gothamist that on Thursday night, after closing, the museum removed seven works, including paintings from Pablo Picasso, Francis Picabia, and Henri Matisse, and installed the new works, also from the permanent collection. Artists who whose works are represented in the museum’s protest include Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, Sudanese painter Ibrahim El-Salahi, and Iranians Tala Madani and Charles Hossein Zenderoudi.
According to Hauptman, the idea for the project started brewing last weekend, as the curatorial staff considered how the museum might respond to Trump’s executive order.
“In thinking about what we can do here and how we can show solidarity with artists and viewers, scholars, curators in those countries, we began to look closely at our collection,” she said. They settled on the idea of selecting works from countries affected by the ban and buckled down Monday morning to plan the rehanging.
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