Friday, February 17, 2017

Museum Removes Every Piece of Art Created by Immigrants


Summary: All artwork created or donated by immigrants will no longer be displayed The Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. It is known as "Art-Less." And it's meant to highlight immigrants impact, even in the world of art. One of the main works missing is the portrait of George Washington made by an immigrant. Works of art made by immigrants are being covered with a black cloth and have a plaque stating, “Given by an Immigrant”. About 20% of the artwork in the museum is from immigrants.
Connection: This connects to Angel Island and the immigrants who wrote poetry on the walls explaining what they experienced on the Island. This shows how both immigrants back then and now have been mistreated for the art they create.
Questions: How do you feel about this policy? Do you think the Museums actions will help give immigrants a voice?

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/us/museum-removes-art-from-immigrants-trnd/index.html

27 comments:

  1. I feel like this was a good way to sort of highlight the impact immigrants have on all aspects of life and I am curious to see how long they will keep the works covered and if they contacted any of the artists or their families. I get the whole idea of it, but I also think that the artists/donaters should have a say in wether or not they want the work to be covered or for how long.

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  2. I think this policy is a good way to spread awareness about our countries stance on immigrants. It will definitely bring attention and opinions about the immigrants in the United States but giving immigrants a voice.....only time will tell.

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  3. I think that this policy is a good way to show the impact immigrants have on the U.S. It's helping them prove a point by covering all their work, because it shows how it would be if there were no immigrants in this country. It shows that it's better with them here, and that Trump shouldn't be deporting them, and should give them a fair chance of getting in the country.

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  4. i think that this policy is a good way to show how immigrants have always been mistreated. I think that the museums actions do help show how mistreated immigrants have been.

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  5. I think this policy will really help get a word out because if you think about it, what if the U.S. were to do what to museum did all around the U.S. Imagine all the things being shut down that has been made from immigrants. For example China Town in San fransico. That has been there since the 1950's or even before, its part of the SF culture, and if they took that down, that would be more than a block torn down.

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  6. I think this policy is a good way to show the impact immigrants have on the U.S. By covering up their artwork, it shows how less diverse the U.S. would seem if we didn't have immigrants living here. Immigrants have a huge impact on our country and make up the culture we have today, and by deporting them, we wouldn't the U.S. everyone knows today.

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  7. I think this policy is great way to show how immigrants impacted on the U.S and how they were mistreated, I believe that the museum is showing that immigrants work hard and prove it through there art

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  8. The US was build off of immigrants coming in and displacing the natives. The policy has always been, that if you can do the job better, you can get the job. Blocking an ethnicity from getting a job in the country is then an extremely stupid idea, as you are potentially blocking the best qualified person from the job.

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  9. This policy will get the memo out about how the immigrants or there products have impacted the US. By covering up the art work done by immigrants it will show how much is done by immigrants and the diversity in the US

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    1. I agree this will help spread the word about the impact immigrants make in America.

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  10. I think this policy is a good way to spread awareness throughout the US. However, I believe the policy is ineffective, as very few people visit museums and therefore is a better story than an actual action.

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    1. I really like your comment about this and I agree 100%. I feel like not enough people go to museums often enough to see this policy in action.

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  11. I feel this is completely out of hand. I feel as if art is created to appreciate the art itself, not criticize who made it because of who they are. I think the actions the museum took will continue to rise fire in the immigrant problems we have currently.

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  12. This decision is crazy because it was art made by a human being. Art is art and race or religion does not matter. I think we should accept all types of artwork not take it down because of who made it.

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  13. This is so upsetting to see how much the world has changed. Just like Ryan said, art is art, and now only because an immigrant has created a masterpiece it is now getting discouraged. Thanks to trump , immigrants wouldn't be able to freely express their ideas and emotions through pieces like art. Art is a creation of beauty but now people won't be able to do so because they're an immigrant. That's super unfair

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  14. This policy is such a unique way to approach the current issues in society. It reminds people to go to art to appreciate it in its entirety- not focus on the artist or the artist's origins. I think it reminds people how important immigrants are to society and how America is composed of so many unique and creative individuals from all over the world.

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  15. I think this is shady because they are taking art work out of museum just because it was created by an immigrant.They are just like everyone else, so it is dumb to remove their work because they are immigrants.

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  16. I feel like this is very degrading for these artists that their beautiful masterpieces were removed just because of their origins. I hope that this museum will give these artists a voice in some other way than art because that has been taken away from them.

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  17. I think that is a good way to highlight immigrants contributions to society and will get more people to finally realize that

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  18. I feel like this was a very powerful message for the school museum to do. It gives many people a perspective about how much immigrants contribute to all parts of our culture, even in art. The actions of this museum should be heard by many people because art is considered to be a universal language, and anyone can understand what the museum is trying to express.

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  19. I really enjoy this message because is shows that America truly is a melting pot and that we have come here from all over and if you take away the all the people who came here recently then you take away possible wonderful contributions to America

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  20. I think this will indeed help give the immigrants a voice because it just goes to show how big of an impact they have on the US.

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  21. I disagree with Alaina and Sid maybe because we are teens we don't appreciate art but I am sure that other adults do take the time to notice the new policy.

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  22. I think that this policy is a good way to show that 20% artworks are from immigrants. I do think that it will give a voice to the immigrants.

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  23. I think that this policy is a good way to spread attention and to show that immigrants contribute to our society in a positive way. It will spread light on the subject and hopefully people will be more open.

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  24. This movement is a good thing to show people that Immigrants effect America a lot more than people seem to realize

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  25. Honestly I think it will give immigrants a voice but I wish they used a different tactic because they cover up their work and I think it should be shown.

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