Tuesday, February 7, 2017


MoMA Takes a Stand: Art From Banned Countries Comes Center Stage

Trump’s recent executive order banning travel and revoking visas for citizens of several Muslim filled nations has received a response from New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The museum has redone its most popular fifth-floor permanent-collection galleries —filled with Western Modernism, from Cézanne through World War II — to showcase contemporary art from Iran, Iraq and Sudan, where their citizens are currently banned. Famous pieces from artists like Picasso came down and have been replaced for seven months with artists who, if they are alive and abroad, cannot see their work in the museum’s most respected galleries. Each piece of work is accompanied by a description that states: “This work is by an artist from a nation whose citizens are being denied entry into the United States, according to a presidential executive order issued on January 27, 2017. This is one of several such artworks from the Museum’s collection installed throughout the fifth-floor galleries to affirm the ideals of welcome and freedom as vital to this Museum, as they are to the United States.”


Connection:
Throughout history, people have witnessed multiple acts of injustice. During times of difficulty, some people gain courage and speak out against what they believe is wrong. MoMA is taking a stand just like Fred Korematsu took action against being relocated into an internment camp, although the Supreme Court appealed his case. Just like Korematsu, MoMA is bringing awareness to the extremity of this issue.

Questions:
Why is it important for well-known institutions like MoMa to speak out against current issues rather than remain silent? How does art connect society?



12 comments:

  1. I think that the more people that speak out against injustice, the more unified the american people will become. Standing up to actions that penalize americans, regardless of race or religion is one of the most american things we can do in this time.

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  2. It is important to speak out against the injustices of the world in order to keep out president in check. Art is a beautiful medium to show this anger because it can express things and feeling that speeches or protests can't.

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    1. I agree that art is a unique way to express anger because it can also be interpreted in many was. Art has the power to allow others take away what they see whereas a speech/protest is more direct and at times does not leave a meaningful impact on others. By taking a stand, MoMA is also emphasizing the extremity of the issue and how important it is to be connected to other humans who are able to create and contribute something meaningful to society.

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    2. I absolutely agree that art is a beautiful medium for expressing thought. I challenge that it shows anger, however. I think this art movement is much more than anger - it's about revealing the beauty in culture and putting aside discrimination to reveal the raw nature of the people of these nations, not the nature stereotypes have told us. I think "anger" understates the meaning of these pieces, but I really like your comments about injustice Tilman.

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  3. I think it's important for well known institutions to speak out on their injustice because they are already well known - it helps out spread awarness. I think art is a form of creativity and sell expression, we can feel by just looking at paintings, its important for the artist to speak to us in these times

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  4. I agree with Marlene's statement -- that it was right that MoMa should speak out against the injustice, but the way they approached it was very unique and even brave. In a world where corruption is seeping through the cracks, it's refreshing that such a prestigious institute like the New York's Mueseum of Modern art is taking a stand.

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    1. I agree with Marlene's statement -- that it was right that MoMa should speak out against the injustice, but the way they approached it was very unique and even brave. In a world where corruption is seeping through the cracks, it's refreshing that such a prestigious institute like the New York's Mueseum of Modern art is taking a stand.

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  5. Its important for well known companies to speak out because then they show the targeted audience that they support them. Support during a hard time can be relieving knowing that your not alone so well known companies use it to be helpful. That or so they wont lose support they already have.

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  6. It's important for public figures, like MoMa, to make their voices heard. People are more willing to pay attention to a figure that has credibility. Art connects society because of how universal it is. No matter where it comes from or who creates it, art can be appreciated by anyone around the world.

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  7. MoMa, is a known company to many, and has a business that relies on the exports and imports of world trade. The US taking this stand, makes business difficult for MoMa and it is their right to fight it.

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  8. It is important for well-known institutions like MoMa to speak out against current issues rather than remain silent because it is more likely for people to listen to well known organizations. Art connects society because it is one thing that people have in common despite their many differences.

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  9. I think it is important for well known institutions like MoMa to speak out in situations like such because they are one way of spreading attention, as they are known world-wide. Society is connected by art in a way that artists are bale to communicate how they feel through their art and can be interpreted in any language.

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