#J20 Art Strike Takes Place Tomorrow
On January 20th, more than 130 (and counting) cultural institutions, galleries, and museums nationwide have promised to not go about business as usual. Instead they will close their doors in cultural protest of the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States.
According to its organizers the #J20 art strike and protest is “an invitation to cultural institutions — an act of non-compliance. No work. No school. No business.”
Reactions to the strike vary. Individual artists such as Cindy Sherman, Richard Serra, Louise Lawler, Joan Jonas and Julie Mehretu have all signed on in support. Other artists call the strike pointless and irrelevant.
Many institutions will keep to their regular hours of operation while offering additional public programs, free admission, or pay-what-you-will admission.
Here’s where to go to get more information about the #J20 art strike and protest, its participants, and its further reaching implications:
Hyperallergic’s running list of nationwide closings
Artnet News coverage of artists for and against #J20
Spencer Kornhaber for The Atlantic: the protest “is partly a reaction to the specter of irrelevance.”
Hyperallergic’s running list of NY closings