“It’s important that we put our bodies out to be counted—literally counted,” said artist Deborah Kass while marching outside the Puck Building last night. “It’s really important to show up for everything now.”
Yesterday evening at 6 PM, New York’s creative community did just that, with artists like Marilyn Minter, Cecily Brown, Rob Pruitt, Dan Colen, and more rallying together in front of Ivanka Trump’s and husband Jared Kushner’s apartment building for a candlelight vigil protesting Donald Trump.
The gathering was organized by Halt Action Group, founded by artist Jonathan Horowitz, art dealer Bill Powers, and curator Alison Gingeras. The organization launched a much-talked-about “Dear Ivanka” Instagram account last week, on which glammed-up snaps of Ivanka are posted with captions like, “Dear Ivanka, I’m afraid of the swastikas spray painted on my park,” or “Dear Ivanka, I’m afraid for all my friends who aren’t white men.” Halt Action Group’s Website follows suit, its homepage featuring a photograph of the former model and the words, “Dear Ivanka, We need to talk about your dad.” It goes on to state, “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.”