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Decolonize This Place announces January 26 town hall regarding Whitney Museum’s tear gas problem
Author: Hrag Vartanian, Hyperallergic, Published on: 26 December 2019
The Decolonize This Place movement is calling for continued action against the Whitney Museum after news that one of the institution’s vice chairs owns Safariland, which is a manufacturer that was supplying tear gas to border authorities that gassed a group of migrants last month.
...The group writes... "faced with the deafening public silence concerning the current crisis of the Whitney Museum — both from the museum and from leading voices in the artworld — we feel the need to make this statement. After the courageous letter written by staff calling for the removal of Safariland owner and CEO Warren Kanders from the board of the Whitney, and the action undertaken by Decolonize This Place and its collaborators on December 9th to amplify that demand, we... ask: what will it take for others to stand, speak, and act in order to force the Whitney to reverse its current course?... Two weeks since the [December 9] action, the museum still refuses to publicly respond... Following the staff letter, the statement from Weinberg, and ultimately our action of December 9th, we had expected a tipping point of outrage... Yet, with several important exceptions, there has been a conspicuous silence... We thus call upon all individuals and communities who feel a stake in the current crisis of the Whitney to assemble on January 26th with location in Manhattan to be announced. The event will be a forum not only for the expression of grievances, but also for practical planning in terms of how to best achieve the goal of removing Kanders from the board of the Whitney.