Protesters Call on ICA Boston to Cancel Dana Schutz Show

What do you guys and gals think?

Dana Schutz, “Shaking Out the Bed” (2015), on view at the ICA Boston (image courtesy the artist and Petzel, New York; © DanaSchutz)

Quick summary: “An 18-week exhibition dedicated to Dana Schutz’s recent work opened today at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, and it won’t be without controversy. Protestors released an open letter yesterday expressing their disappointment that the museum is honoring an artist they believe should instead be held accountable for her portrait of Emmett Till, “Open Casket” (2016), which many see not only as an insult to Till’s memory but also as a white woman’s violent vision of a history that isn’t hers.”

Dana Schutz’s “Open Casket,” a 2016 painting in the 2017 Whitney Biennial Collection of the artist


I was not aware that anybody “owned” history…

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At the highest level of generalisation, of course no one does. But history isn’t neutral either, often written by the victors no?

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