Saturday, February 11, 2017

MoMA protests Trump entry ban by rehanging work by artists from Muslim nations

By Jason Farago
Parviz Tanavoli's sculpture "The Prophet" has been installed at MoMA as part of a move to honour artists from Muslim-majority countries cited in Trump's travel ban. (
NEW YORK---In one of the strongest protests yet by a major cultural institution against President Trump’s executive order on immigration, the Museum of Modern Art has rehung part of its permanent collection with works by artists from some of the majority-Muslim nations whose citizens are blocked from entering the United States.Seven works by artists such as the Sudanese painter Ibrahim el-Salahi, the Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid, and the Los Angeles-based Iranian video artist Tala Madani, were installed Thursday night in MoMA’s fifth-floor galleries, replacing seven works by Picasso, Matisse and Picabia, among other Western artists. [link]

“The Prophet” by Parviz Tanavoli, center, on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times