When Ivanka Trump posted a photo to her Instagram account next to a painting by Alex Da Corte, the Philadelphia artist saw the photo and said:
“Dear @Ivankatrump please get my work off of your walls,” Da Corte commented on the photo. “I am embarrassed to be seen with you.”
After that post, several other New York artists came together in a campaign called “Dear Ivanka.” The group was created by Halt Action Group, founded by art curator Alison Gingeras, dealer Bill Powers, and artist Jonathan Horowitz.
A description on the group’s website reads:
Racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia are not acceptable anywhere—least of all in the White House.
Steve Bannon has no place in the White House. Jeff Sessions has no place in the White House. Talk of a Muslim registry has no place in the White House.
Hate has no place in the White House.
We refuse to “wait and see”. We look to you as the voice of reason.
Halt Action Group
The group is comprised of artists, psychoanalysts, dealers and collectors. All of which reached out to the artists featured on Ivanka’s Instagram page. They urge the artists to ask Ivanka “to answer for some of the hypocrisy she embodies,” Gingeras said.
A rally with nearly 500 people, was held on Nov. 28 in front of Ivanka and Jared Kushner’s Manhattan home. The protestors carried signs, chanted and held a candlelight vigil.
The Halt Action Group also collected cards from demonstrators explaining why the Trump presidency worries them.
“I am a Muslim-American immigrant and I don’t feel safe,” read one card.
“You’re scaring the hell out of women,” another wrote.
“Are you going to help anyone that doesn’t look like you,” another card read.
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