The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, August 22, 2019


The Davis demonstrates a vision of the museum without the contribution of immigrants
At the Davis Museum, paintings have been taken off the walls, and objects under cases have been covered in black cloth. Photo: Courtesy Davis Museum at Wellesley College.


WELLESLEY, MASS.- From Thursday, February 16, through Tuesday, February 21, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College is demonstrating the critical role that immigrants to the United States have played in the arts, both in their creative contributions as well as their stewardship of the visual arts, with an initiative called, Art-Less.

In support of the American Association of Museum Director’s statement on President Trump’s recent executive order, the Museum has de-installed or shrouded all works of art in its permanent collections galleries that were either created by or given to Wellesley’s art collection by immigrants to the United States. This means approximately 120 works of art—roughly 20 percent of the objects on view in the Museum’s permanent collections galleries—have been either taken down or covered in black cloth.

“Every permanent collections gallery will be affected by the subtraction of works created by or given to the Museum by an immigrant to the United States,” said Claire Whitner, Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of Collections, and overseer of the project.

“Art-Less demonstrates in stark and indisputable terms the impact of immigration on our collections,” said Lisa Fischman, the Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director of the Davis, “and we proudly take the opportunity to signal that impact, to honor the gifts of creativity and generosity that make the Davis Museum and the Wellesley community great.”

At the Davis Museum, paintings have been taken off the walls, and objects under cases have been covered in black cloth. Paintings, bronze and wood sculptures, ceremonial masks, and more from the European, American, African, contemporary, and modern collections have been disrupted by this intervention. Absences created by the removal or obscuring of works from view have been marked with labels that indicate “made by an immigrant” or “given by an immigrant.” Sympathetic institutions that would like to underscore the contributions of immigrants to their own collections can download these labels for use at www.thedavis.org.

In one particularly poignant example, the space that is usually occupied by a stately portrait of George Washington is bare, even as President’s Day takes place on Monday, February 20. Painted by the Swedish-born artist, Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller, who came to the United States in the 1790s, this oil painting was given to the Davis Museum by the Munn family, immigrants to the United States from Sweden after World War II.

Another illustration of significant impact is in the African galleries: visitors will be met with a sea of black cloth as a majority of the works—nearly 80 percent—was donated by the Klejman family, who immigrated to the United States from Poland after World War II, just five years before their daughter became a student at Wellesley College.

With the help of arts advocates from cultures worldwide, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College continues to strengthen its culturally diverse collection, which spans global history from antiquity to the present and include masterpieces from almost every continent.





Today's News

February 18, 2017

After being saved by modern technology, busts ruined in Palmyra will return to Syria

Stolen Italian masterpiece recovered in Morocco: Police

Arte Povera's Jannis Kounellis dies aged 80

Museum Ludwig celebrates Gerhard Richter's eighty-fifth birthday

The Davis demonstrates a vision of the museum without the contribution of immigrants

Photographer Bill Cunningham's personal effects donated to the New-York Historical Society

Marina Abramović's first major retrospective in Europe opens at Moderna Museet

Exhibition at New Orleans Museum of Art provides a glimpse into Venetian life in the 1700s.

Exhibition of new works on canvas and photo emulsion paper by Gordon Moore opens at Anita Rogers Gallery

Crocker Art Museum to show Japanese American internment photographs by Ansel Adams, Leonard Frank

Jenny Sabin Studio wins 2017 Young Architects Program

Georgia Museum of Art shows prints by Atlantan Michael Ellison

Dutch creator of Miffy the rabbit dies at 89

Dubai street art turns urban sprawl into open-air museum

Good things come in small packages at Racine Art Museum

Exhibition provides extensive insights into the photographic oeuvre of Claudia Andujar

MOCA Jacksonville chooses new director with international experience

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam opens second part of Jordan Wolfson's first exhibition in the Netherlands

Julia Jacquette's first major museum survey opens at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art

Sixty-six of Scotland's finest emerging artists & architects exhibit at the Royal Scottish Academy Galleries

Cristin Tierney Gallery announces representation of Tim Youd

Exhibition presents 34 images of Muslim New Yorkers

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum surveys career of pioneering artist and author Rosalyn Drexler

Laguna Art Museum opens spring exhibitions

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful